Onyekachi Umah

Onyekachi Umah is a private Legal Practitioner with amazing experience in human right, criminal law and civil law including; pre-trial detention, human rights, intellectual property, transaction and regulatory advisory, corporate, commercial and investment law and energy law as well as litigation and arbitration arising from them. He is a Legal Awareness Expert and also a Certified Arbitrator both in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. Onyekachi is the managing partner of a leading law firm; Bezaleel Chambers International. He is the founder and President of Sabi Law Foundation with a free law awareness program known as www.LearnNigerianLaws.com. Mr. Umah has written over Four Hundred (400) free to access articles and materials on law with a desire to enlighten the public. He was featured as the Legal Personality of the Week by This Day Newspaper (a leading national newspaper) on its September 11, 2018 edition and was also featured on the NigeriaLawyer.com as the Legal Personality of the Week on November 14, 2018. Click to read more.

*MAXIMUM PERIOD FOR EMPLOYERS TO PAY HOSPITAL BILLS OF WORKERS IN ABUJA.* Daily Law Tips (Tip 601) by Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LL.M, ACIArb(UK)

The National Assembly makes laws for the Federal Capital Territory. Among the laws operational in Abuja is the Hospital Fees Act. The Act has been in existence since 30th August 1917 and has not been repealed. By the said law, an employer is liable to pay all monies charged for treatment of his servant in …

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*REQUIREMENTS FOR A VALID SALE OF CUSTOMARY (VILLAGE) LAND.* Daily Law Tips (Tip 600) by Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LL.M. ACIArb(UK)

As you may know, writing (documents and documentation) is unknown to customary/native law in Nigeria. Writing is alien, unknown and not needed for any thing done under customary (native/traditional) law. The reason for this is not far fetched; writing is an invention unknown to our customs and traditions. No person is expected to proof any …

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*WILL COURTS CONSIDER SMS, EMAILS AND LETTERS AS PART OF AGREEMENTS?* Daily Law Tips (Tip 599) by Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LLM. ACIArb(UK)

An agreement can be written or oral. Although, the courts are not omniscience, they are often invited to determine disputes arising from agreements that they were not part of. So, what then are the documents that courts evaluate in determining disputes arising from agreements? Below are the words of the Supreme Court of Nigeria on …

*WILL COURTS CONSIDER SMS, EMAILS AND LETTERS AS PART OF AGREEMENTS?* Daily Law Tips (Tip 599) by Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LLM. ACIArb(UK) Read More »

*SCHOOLS IN NIGERIA CANNOT RESUME OUTSIDE THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER IN ANY YEAR.* DAILY LAW TIPS (Tip 598) by Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LLM. ACIArb(UK)

Whether private or public school, government or religious school, city or rural school, mixed or single sex school, day or boarding school, no school or college in Nigeria, is allowed to start a school year in any month other than the month of September. And, each school year (academic year) must end in the month …

*SCHOOLS IN NIGERIA CANNOT RESUME OUTSIDE THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER IN ANY YEAR.* DAILY LAW TIPS (Tip 598) by Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LLM. ACIArb(UK) Read More »

*RAPE CANNOT BE SETTLED OUT OF COURT (NO ROOM FOR PAY-OFF/FORGIVENESS/WITHDRAWAL OF COMPLAINTS).* Daily Law Tips (Tip 596) by Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LLM. ACIArb(UK)

There is a great difference between civil cases and criminal cases. Civil cases are matters of dispute among private persons, corporate persons and or government. Criminal cases are matters where the society (through government and its agencies) charges and seeks to punish offenders for violating written laws. Generally, civil cases and disputes can be settled …

*RAPE CANNOT BE SETTLED OUT OF COURT (NO ROOM FOR PAY-OFF/FORGIVENESS/WITHDRAWAL OF COMPLAINTS).* Daily Law Tips (Tip 596) by Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LLM. ACIArb(UK) Read More »

*CAN A WOMAN BE CHARGED WITH RAPE ?* Daily Law Tips (Tip 595) by Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LL.M, ACIArb(UK)

Since rape is about penetration without consent, can a woman be charged with rape? Does a woman have anatomical (physical body structures) abilities to sexually penetrate a person? Does any law in Nigeria provide that a woman can be charged with rape? If there is any such law, does it operate across all states in …

*CAN A WOMAN BE CHARGED WITH RAPE ?* Daily Law Tips (Tip 595) by Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LL.M, ACIArb(UK) Read More »

*NEW PUNISHMENT FOR RAPE IN NIGERIA?* Daily Law Tips (Tip 594) by Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LLM. ACIArb(UK)

Change is constant and law must grow with society. Definition of rape as well as punishment for rape has changed since 2015. Prior to 2015, rape was exclusively defined and punished under the Criminal Code (for states in southern part of Nigeria), Penal Code (for states in northern part of Nigeria) and the Child’s Right …

*NEW PUNISHMENT FOR RAPE IN NIGERIA?* Daily Law Tips (Tip 594) by Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LLM. ACIArb(UK) Read More »

CHILD MARRIAGE/ABUSE IS A CRIME (RAPE): AN EXPOSÉ ON LAWS PROHIBITING CHILD MARRIAGE. Daily Law Tips (Tip 593) by Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LLM. ACIArb(UK)

INTRODUCTION: There seem to be a misconception that Nigeria has gaps in her laws that allow pedophiles (persons that are sexually attracted to children) to get away with rape in the name of customary or Islamic marriage. In the contrary, there are adequate laws to fight child marriage and all forms of sexual abuse. Although, …

CHILD MARRIAGE/ABUSE IS A CRIME (RAPE): AN EXPOSÉ ON LAWS PROHIBITING CHILD MARRIAGE. Daily Law Tips (Tip 593) by Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LLM. ACIArb(UK) Read More »

*CAN A HUSBAND RAPE HIS WIFE ?* Daily Law Tips (Tip 592) by Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LLM. ACIArb(UK)

It is common to find people argue that a man cannot rape his wife or cannot be punished for raping his wife. They also argue that a wife must always grant sex to her husband and that where a husband forces, drugs or deceives his wife to have sex, it is not rape. Many husbands …

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*WHEN IS SEDUCTION OR INDECENT DRESSING A JUSTIFICATION FOR RAPE IN NIGERIA?* Daily Law Tips (Tip 591) by Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LLM. ACIArb(UK)

RAPE is an act of sexual intercourse, wherein a male knowingly penetrates a female’s vagina that is not his wife’s with his penis, without the consent of the penetrated female or with her consent that was obtained by fraud, force, threat, intimidation, deceit or impersonation. In proving rape, there is need to establish slightest penetration …

*WHEN IS SEDUCTION OR INDECENT DRESSING A JUSTIFICATION FOR RAPE IN NIGERIA?* Daily Law Tips (Tip 591) by Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LLM. ACIArb(UK) Read More »