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Meet some of the great men who have significantly contributed to the success of this online resource centre:
PETER AKHIMIE AKHIHIERO
LL.B (HONS) IFE; LL.M N.I.A.L.S. LAGOS; B.L.
EDITOR
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Peter Akhimie Akhihiero (JCCA).  is the Editor and founder of the Nigerian Law Guru website.  He attended Emotan Primary School, Benin City, Edo State of Nigeria from 1969 to 1975.  He had his secondary education at Immaculate Conception College, Benin City from 1975 to 1980 where he obtained the West African School Certificate with Division One.  From 1981 to 1985 he attended the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-lfe) and obtained the Bachelor of Laws Degree, Second Class Lower.  Thereafter, he attended the Nigerian Law School, Victoria Island Lagos from 1985 to 1986, graduated with a Second Class Upper, and was called to the Bar on the 15th of October 1986.After his National Youth Service, he had a stint in private Legal Practice, up till January 1989, when he was appointed a state counsel in the then Bendel State, Ministry of Justice. 

From 1999 to 2000 he attended the prestigious Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal studies, University of Lagos campus, where he obtained the degree of Master of Laws in Legislative Drafting.  As a law officer in the Edo State Ministry of Justice, the editor was involved in civil and criminal litigation, rendering of legal opinions, legal drafting and legal research.  As Chief Legal Draftsman in the Ministry, he piloted major research work in Legal drafting for close to a decade.  He was the legal adviser to the Edo State Planned Parenthood Federation from 1992 till 2007.He is a member of the International Bar Association. Presently, he is a judge of the Edo State Customary Court of Appeal. He has presented several Law papers in law seminars, workshops, and conferences. 

The Editor has attended courses in software application and is certified by the MIKON INSTITUTE of Information Technology in Nigeria. 

CHIMA CLIFFORD CHIMA
LL.B (HONS) BENIN, B.L.
DEPUTY EDITOR
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Chima Clifford Chima Esq. is the Deputy Editor. He graduated from the University of Benin in 1995 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1996. He is a private Legal Practitioner based in Benin City, Edo State of Nigeria. He is into intensive corporate legal practice. He has a post graduate certificate in General Business computing. He is actively involved in legal research with the use of soft ware application and modern techniques of information technology.

MICHAEL OLU ADEDIRAN
LL.B (HONS) ; LL.M ; PH.D IFE
CONSULTANT
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Eminent and distinguished Professor of Law.  He Obtained a Bachelor of Law from the University of Ife in 1977.  He rose through the ranks until he became a Professor of law in 1995. During his career, he obtained the Masters and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Law from the same University.

Prof. M.O. Adediran is an accomplished academic with over eighty published and unpublished articles in foreign and local journals. He has presented academic papers in law seminars and conferences in the field of Public Law to wit: Constitutional Law Administrative Law Comparative Law, Local Government Law, Criminal Law and Civil Litigation.  An astute administrator, he has served as Head of Department of Public Law, University of Ife, and Dean of the Law faculty of the same University, and Director of Research in the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.  He was the Acting Vice Chancellor of the Benson Idahosa University in Benin City, Edo State of Nigeria, from 2006 to 2007.

EHI OSHIO
LL.B (HONS) LAGOS, LL.M LAGOS, B.L
CONSULTANT
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Ehi Oshio is a distinguished Professor of Law.  He attended the University of Lagos, in Nigeria where he obtained the LL.B (Hons) and the LL.M Degrees in 1983 and 1985 respectively.  He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1984.  He had a brief stint in private legal practice, and thereafter commenced his teaching career in 1985 in the University of Benin. He has served twice as the substantive Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Benin, Nigeria. 

An established and erudite scholar, law Teacher, Researcher, Author and legal Consultant, Professor Ehi Oshio has authored three law text books and published over fifty legal articles in law journals in Africa, Europe, India and America.

BOLAJI OWASANOYE
LL.B (HONS) IFE, LL.M LAGOS, B.L.
CONSULTANT
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Bolaji Owasanoye is an erudite Professor of Law. He graduated from the University of Ife, Ile-lfe, Nigeria, in 1984 with an LL.B (Hons) Upper Division and was called to the Bar in Nigeria in 1985.  He obtained an LL.M from the University of Lagos in 1987 and he holds the following certificates: Legal Aspects of Debt and Financial Management from the United Nations Institute for Training and Research UNITAR (1991); Legislative Drafting, from the Royal Institute of Public Administration in the UK and the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies 1992, and Negotiation of international Trade Agreements from the International Law Institute, Washington, 1995.   

He is a consultant to some key agencies such as UNITAR, UNICEF, ILO and WAIFEM. He is the Executive Editor of the Current Law Review, a journal of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.  Also, he is the editor of REPRO-MAT, the Reproductive Rights News letter.  His areas of specialization are commercial and International Trade Law, Child Rights and Human Rights Law and the Law of External Debt Management.

He has been the coordinator of several programs such as the NIALS/Ford Foundation Rights of the Child Project (1992 – 1996), NIALS Project on the annotation of the Laws of the Federation or Nigeria etc, etc.  He has published several legal articles in both local and foreign journals. Also he has presented several academic papers in diver’s law conferences, seminars and workshops.

CHARLES UWENSUYI – EDOSOMWAN
S.A.N. LL.B (Hons) Benin; B.L.
CONSULTANT
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Charles Uwensuyi – Edosomwan S.A.N. is a legal practitioner of superlative standing. He obtained an LL.B (Hons) from the University of Benin in 1984 and was called to the Nigeria Bar in 1985. Shortly after his National Youth Service, he commenced private legal practice in Lagos, Nigeria in his indigenous law firm of Uwensuyi-Edosomwan & Co.  His areas of Legal practice include commercial law, intellectual property law, oil and gas, ADR and arbitration, constitutional law, admiralty and general public law litigation.  He was appointed a Notary Public in 1992.  In the year 2000, he was conferred with the rank of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (S.A.N). Between 2003 and 2007 he was the Attorney General and commissioner for Justice, of Edo State of Nigeria.

He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, the body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria, the International Bar Association and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK).

He has presented several papers in law conferences, seminars and workshops, including the famous Hon. Justice Idigbe Memorial Lecture in the University of Benin.

FERDINARD OSHIOKE ORBIH
LL.B (HONS) IFE; LL.M IFE; B.L.; S.A.N.
CONSULTANT
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Chief Ferdinard Orbih is a most versatile and seasoned private legal practitioner.  He obtained an LL.B (Hons) from the University of lfe, Nigeria in 1978, and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1979.  In 1982 he obtained an LL.M from the same University.  He lectured briefly in the same institution and thereafter commenced private legal practice in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.  Chief Orbih is involved in corporate legal practice, public and private law litigation, particularly in respect of chieftaincy matters, constitutional law, commercial law, and election petitions.

He served as a member of the Judicial Service Commission of Edo State of Nigeria, and is presently a member of the National Executive Committee of the Nigeria Bar Association.  He has presented several legal articles at law conferences and workshops in the area of constitutional law, electoral law, and civil practice and procedure. In 2010, Chief Orbih was elevated to the privileged rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria(S.A.N).

BELINDA OBIAGELI KALU
LL.B (HONS) UNN, B.L
CONSULTANT
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Mrs. Belinda Obiageli Kalu obtained an LL.B (Hons) from the University of Nigeria Nsukka in 1975 and was called to the Bar in 1976. Immediately after her youth service, she became a pupil state counsel in the Ministry of Justice of Enugu State.  She later transferred her service to Edo State where she rose through the ranks to become the Director of Public Prosecutions in 2004.  In the same year, she was appointed the Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary of the Edo State Ministry of Justice, a position which she occupied until February, 2010, when she retired from public service.

She is a seasoned legal practitioner, with appearances in several sensational cases at the High Courts, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, in Nigeria.  She is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association and the International Bar Association. Presently, she is engaged in private legal practice.

TONY EFE OGBEIDE – IHAMA
LL.B (HONS), B.L.
CONSULTANT
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Tony Efe Ogbeide – Ihama Esq.  is a seasoned private legal practitioner.  He obtained an LL.B (Hons) degree from the Edo State University Ekpoma, in 1985, was called to the Nigerian bar in 1986, and has been in very active legal practice ever since.

He is a consummate and erudite legal scholar.  In 1991, he braved the odds and commenced the publication of the frequently cited Law Reports of Courts of Nigeria (L.R.C.N), a compendium of judgments of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.  It is to his credit that the LRCN has been in continuous publication since January, 1991. He was the Chairman of the Benin Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association from 2004 to 2006, and a member of the Law Review Commission of Edo State of Nigeria.  He has presented scholarly legal articles in law conferences and seminars.  He is notaries public.

JOHN .O. ASEIN
LL.B (HONS) CALABAR, LL.M LAGOS, M.I.P. U.S.A; B.L.
CONSULTANT
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John .O. Asein Esq. is a prolific legal scholar and an expert in the law of intellectual property.  He holds an LL.B Degree from the University of Calabar, Nigeria, graduating in 1984 as the Best overall Graduate; Masters of Laws from the University of Lagos (1992); Master of intellectual property (MIP) from Pierce Law Concord, New Hampshire, U.S.A (1996 – 1997).  He has authored several text books in Nigerian copyright law and the Law of intellectual property.  He is also widely published in local and foreign journals.

He is a consultant to the World intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Mr. Asein served on the UNESCO African Regional Committee of Experts on the Program for the teaching of copyright at the university level in 1995. He is the project coordinator for the Ford foundation / NCC study of piracy in Nigeria.  He is a scholar and research fellow to several international institutions like the WIPO, Max- Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law, Munich, Germany, Franklin Pierce Law Center, N.H., U.S.A. and the Nigerian Copyright Commission.  Presently, he is a Director and he heads the Legal Department of the Nigerian Copyright Commission. He also lectures part time at the University of Abuja as an Associate Professor of Law.

ANDREW EMUOBONUWIE EDJEBA
LL.B (HONS) IFE, LL.M IFE; B.L.
CONSULTANT
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Andrew Edjeba Esq. is a seasoned legal practitioner, and a legal scholar of repute. He graduated from the University of Ife with an LL.B (Hons) degree in 1985 and was called to the Bar in Nigeria in 1986.  In 1993 he obtained an LL. M degree from the same university.  He is the principal solicitor in the law firm of Andrew E.Edjeba & Co.  His areas of practice are commercial litigation, legal documentation, corporate practice, arbitration and legal consultancy.

He is a lecturer in the department of Business law, faculty of law, University of Benin, Edo State of Nigeria.  He has several legal publications to his credit.

PAUL OBO IDORNIGIE
LL.B (HONS) JOS, LL.M JOS, PH.D JOS.
CONSULTANT
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Professor Paul Obo Idornigie is a reputable University Scholar. He obtained his LL.B (Hons) from the University of Jos, Nigeria in 1992, was called to the Bar in Nigeria in 1993. Subsequently he obtained an LL.M and a PhD from the same institution between 1993 and 2002. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of London, a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK). He is on the Panel of Neutrals at the Abuja Multi Door Courthouse Centre for International Commercial Arbitration. He was a senior Lecturer at the Nigerian Law School, Abuja. He is presently a lecturer at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. He is a co-author of some books and has published extensively in the areas of Arbitration and ADR processes, evidence, commercial law and privatization in both local and foreign journals.

ALEJANDRO NEGRO
LL.B; LLM.
CONSULTANT
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Alejandro Negro Esq. is a Spanish legal practitioner at Cuatrecasas, Goncalves Pereira, with a master’s degree in law. He graduated from the Instituto de Empresa and the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. He is a senior intellectual property and technology lawyer, with extensive experience in both transactional matters and disputes. He is a legal adviser on all areas of intellectual property, information technology, IT/software issues, trademarks and patents. His area of practice covers a wide range of industrial sectors, including retail, IT/telecoms, pharmacy and financial services. He graciously accepted our offer to be a consultant to this project, to give us the benefit of his wealth of experience on the global trends on the law of intellectual property and information technology.

AUGUSTINE IREDIA AKHIMIEN
DLS; B.Sc.
PROJECT LIBRARIAN
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Augustine Akhimien is a seasoned professional Librarian with work experience spanning over two decades.  He obtained a Diploma in library science form the Delta State University in Nigeria in 1996.  In 1999, he returned to the same University to pursue a degree program.  In 2004, he obtained a B.Sc. in Library science form the said university.  He was a Higher Library Officer in the Edo State Library Board. Presently, he is the Chief Librarian in the Ministry of Justice of Edo State of Nigeria.

He is an experienced law librarian and has attended several training programs and workshops to improve his skills.  He is computer literate.

AFEISIMI DOMINIC BADAIKI
B.A.(Hons);LL.B(Hons); LL.M;Ph.D.;B.L.
CONSULTANT
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PROFESSOR AFEISIMI DOMINIC BADAIKI is a versatile and erudite legal scholar of repute. He obtained a B.A (Hons.)History (Second Class Upper Division) from the University of Jos, Nigeria in 1981.In 1987, he obtained an LL.B (Hons.) from the Ambrose Alli University, (A.A.U) Ekpoma .Thereafter, he attended the Nigerian Law School and was called to the bar in 1988.

In a rare demonstration of scholarship, he obtained two masters degrees in law consecutively from the University of Lagos and A.A.U Ekpoma in 1991 and 1992 respectively. In 2005, he bagged a PhD in law from A.A.U. Professor Badaiki has several legal publications to his credit in reputable law journals. He has made landmark presentations at law seminars, conferences and workshops. His areas of specialization include: Corporate Management Law, Consumer Protection Law, Criminal Law, Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law. He has served on the board of several law journals such as LASU Law Journal, A.A.U Law Journal, Journal of Legal Science, Nigerian Journal of Labour Law and Industrial Relations, Journal of Clinical Legal Education and the Ambrose Alli University Postgraduate Journal.

He has distinguished himself as an astute administrator in the course of his service in several capacities such as Sub-Dean, Faculty of Law, LASU 1998 -2000; Dean of Law, A.A.U Ekpoma 2002-2008 and member, Council of Legal Education 2004 -2008.Presently,he is the Dean of the School of Post Graduate Studies, A.A.U Ekpoma.

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LORD DENNING...Master of the rolls
 
“What is the argument on the other side? Only this that no case has been found in which it has been done before.  That argument does not appeal to me in the least. If we never do anything which has not been done before, we shall never get any where.  The law will stand still whilst the rest of the world goes on: and that will be bad for both”.

Denning LJ in Packer V Packer (1953) 2 AER p127 at p.129.

(1899 - 1999)

 
 
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