As land developers continue to lure intending property purchasers into land transaction via claims of issuance of free legal documents, a legal practitioner, Barrister Tekena Lawson, has said such is just a mere market strategy.
Lawson, said this when he spoke with The Tide in Port Harcourt, yesterday.
He said he was worried after a certain Estate developer via a Port Harcourt based Radio station told unsuspecting members of the public that one of the benefits of transacting directly with them was to avoid exorbitant fees by lawyers.
Rather, he informed that Estate developers are the ones milking members of the public dry in terms of free charges and payment.
He hinted that some of them trick people into the business under the guise of free legal documents provision whereas the fees have been imbedded into the business thrice above the real legal fee.
According to him, the Estate developers are mere business operators seeking for their daily bread and not destiny helpers as they claim.
He also pointed out that such comments was tantamount to blackmail and threatened to institute a proper law suit against such Estate developers should such be repeated.
“Lawyers’ fees are fixed and regulated by a rules and regulations. So, if there are any one to short-change the members of the public, it should be non lawyers in the system “, he said.
The legal icon also recalled how one lady was tricked to pay double of the actual value of the property from an Estate owner around the Port Harcourt International Airport axis and added that it took the intervention of a lawyer to salvage the situation.
He maintained that lawyers remained the best in the property transaction environment due to their training and professionalism.
On the issue of swindling members of the public in Estate business, he called on the Government to ensure that each Estate developer got the approval of how many buildings and persons to be registered with them a time in order to avoid been swindled.
He, however, expressed regrets that Estate developers have abandoned their cure mandate of estate development and have taken up the duties of lawyers.
By: King Onunwor
That Public Hearing On Two Bills By RSHA: Matters Arising
Discrimination against women and the girl-child in Nigeria has been a very serious issue of concern. Most people in the country, leverage on the erroneous belief that women are not to roll or compete with the men folk and treat the women and the girl-child with a kind of less regard.
These very beliefs have further empowered traditional practitioners to vent their anger on women by subjecting them to genital mutilation even at their old age.
This very act of genital mutilation has been outlawed by the Rivers State Government years ago, but surprisingly, it is still held and celebrated at some quarters in the state.
Section 42 of the Nigerian Constitution, 1999 (as amended), calls on Nigerians at all levels not to discriminate against any one due to the circumstances surrendering their births.
To us from the Ikwerre extraction of the state (other tribes, may not be free from this too), it is a taboo to allow women share in their father’s inheritance, just because they are women.
They will not remember that they are women when the men folk will invite the women to intercede on their behalf in the event of serious communal issues.
This, to my mind calls for serious attention from concerned and relevant authorities in an urgent attempt to nip the ugly development in the bud.
Thanks to the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Rivers State Chapter, who on Tuesday, March 15, 2022, approached the 9th Assembly, led by the honourable Speaker, Rt. Honourable, Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani DSSRS,KSC, to make their position known to the lawmakers on the need to streamline the issues of obnoxious traditional practices and discriminatory laws against women and the girl-child in the State.
NAWOJ, applauded the State Assembly for the bold step taken to pass the bill on Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshots 2022.
It further expressed hope that the bill, when passed into law, will bring relief to families of those who have passed on and innocent people who suffered from raids and robbery attacks as a result of stray bullets.
The association also believed that the bill will as well keep the hospitals on their toes, because demanding for police report before treatment is like placing document above life.
As a group pushing for rights of women to share in family property, they commended the Assembly for considering the Curtailment of the Rights of Women to Share in Family Property Bill, 2022.
All these, are targeted at bridging the gap between the male and female folks in terms of inheritance-sharing cum allocation.
Projecting itself as a spring board for women emancipation, it was of the view that the bill when passed into law, will end all sorts of discriminations against women and girls in sharing of inheritance and explicitly, will allow females to inherit property and land on an equal basis with males.
This may not go down well with many. Going by the global practice, women are now seen as equal with their male counterparts and not the other way round.
No one wants to be left behind in the global trend of things. Everyone wants to own an iPhone, latest this, latest that, but not everyone in this side of the hemisphere (especially the men), wants to depart from the parochial belief that women are not meant to even stand and talk or argue with men.
Thanks to the Susan Serekara-Nwikana led NAWOJ, who appealed with the RSHA to consider the bill, and reminded the Assembly that State Civil Laws should have supremacy over customary laws and practices that discriminate against women and girls in the society.
In most cases, people play down on the above point. They juxtapose traditional belief with the safety and health of the people, wherein, Customary laws and practice are put forward to the detriment of the people, because it is our Custom and Tradition. It ought not to be so.
The association, also want the legislation to include that, upon remarrying, a surviving spouse retains the full rights in any property she inherited from the deceased husband’s estate.
The Association equally gives her profound gratitude to the Executive Governor of Rivers State, Chief Barr. Nyesom Wike, for championing the upliftment of women in political positions in the state.
They pointed out the Governor’s insistence on women to be voted in as Vice Chairpersons in all the 23 Local Government Areas in the State, as paramount.
Another issue of concern about Governor Wike’s care and concern as the female pen pushers noted, was that of ensuring that his Deputy is a woman.
According to them, Gov Wike, has fought for the protection and security of some daughters of the soil, using that of the one-time Acting Chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Joi Nueih when harassed by an agent of the Federal Government in the past, as a case study.
They were of the opinion that women deserve all round protection and care from the people, especially public office holders.
Appreciating the Governor for assenting to the Violence Against Person Prohibition Law (VAPP), among others, they want also a violence-free environment that will enthrone the promotion of rule of law.
Their position was to make the state rank as the best gender-friendly state in Africa. This is another way to market the state.
The state must not wait until some investors have come to announce it to the world. Such ‘cheap’ points cannot make the state popular.
Women are very powerful warlords. Bible scholars would recall what Deborah and Jael did (Judges Chapters Four and Five). Male war champions suffered not only defeat in their hands, but death.
The time to give attention to women requests/ prayers is now!
NAWOJ as an association is the first respondent to issues of abuses, discrimination and neglects in collaboration with sister agencies.
They have continued to champion the cause of women and girls in the society by making sure that their voices are heard, using its various media platforms.
Onunwor, is a Reporter with The Tide Newspaper.
New Imo Police Boss Pledges To Sustain Fight Against Crime
The new Commissioner of Police, Imo State Command, Mohammed Ahmed Barde, has pledged to consolidate and improve on the achievement recorded by his predecessors in areas of combating crimes, criminality and sustaining stability in the state.
He stated this on his assumption of duty at the Command Headquarters in, Owerri, after being drafted to the state last week.
Spokesperson for the Command, Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Michael Abattam, in a statement, quoted Barde as saying he would explore modern intelligence and tactical strategies that would guarantee adequate security in the state.
Abattam described the new Police boss as a seasoned, passionate, versatile and experienced police officer, who has earned accolades for his meritorious services and professionalism in the force.
He disclosed that the Imo CP, who hails from Niger State, joined the Force in March 1990, as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police.
He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (B.Sc) in Political Science from Usman Danfodio University and a Masters Degree in Peace and Conflict Resolution.
He said: “CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde was the Commissioner of Police, Force Criminal Intelligence Investigation Department (FCIID) Annex, Enugu, and until his recent posting to Imo State Police Command, he was the Commissioner of Police, Adamawa State Command. His dint of hard work and professionalism in the job has earned him many accolades.”
Barde took over from CP Rabiu Hussaini, who recently retired from active service after attaining the retirement age of 60.
Rumuji DPO Bags Outstanding Security Award
Sequel to his doggedness in crime fighting and management, the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Rumuji Police Station, CSP Nnaemeka Didigwu has been bestowed with the Outstanding Crime Fighter/Security Management Police Officer of the Year Award by the leadership of the Coalition of Niger Delta Journalists.
The award was handed over to Didigwu by the Chairman of the Union Mr. Wariso Wariso who led a delegation of the group to Rumuji Police Station in Emohua Local Government Area over the week.
Wariso who recalled how terrible the area was before the arrival of the officer and his team said that they have brought down crime rate in that axis of the state.
He hinted that many who left the area as a result of insecurity had since returned for their lawful business operations.
The leader of the team, said Police officers of such rating ought to receive support from all and sundry in a bid to spur them to action.
According to him, criminals operating in that axis of the state have since chosen relocation as an option due to the continuous bombing of the brushes and forests by the officer and his team in search of the miscreants.
“It is based on this fact findings that we as professional Media group, resolved to bestow an award of honour to this hard working and experienced gallant officer”, he said.
Didigwu, who codedly hinted on part of his activities in the area under his watch, said most of the notorious criminals in the area have repented.
He pointed out that crime fighting should be business of all and not to be left in the hands of a selected few.
The officer also warned against rising of false alarm by the people as such could jeopardise security.
Meanwhile, he has assured the group and the general public of his determination to do more and thanked the group for indentifying with him and the entire Police Force.
The Tide learnt that the East-West Road and the Emohua-Kalabari Road now enjoy peace due to the effort of the officer and his team.
By: King Onunwor
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