DAILY LAW TIPS 
            by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
                  (Tip 200)
“It Is The Duty Of Nigerian Police TO Contact The Family Of An Arrested Person”
 
Nigerian Police as well as any other authority that arrests any person in Nigeria, has the responsibility of contacting and notifying the family of such arrested person, at no cost to the arrested person. It may be next of kin or relative of the arrested person and neither them nor the arrested person should be charged for any expenses (calls, text or transportation fare) spent in contacting them. Nigerian Police and every other government agency do have budgets and their staff are paid salary, so you don’t need to pay them or even give them gift. It is their job!
 
My authority is sections 6 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.
 
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DAILY LAW TIPS
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(Tip 199)
“It Is An Offence To Import Live Fish Into Nigeria Without License”

Live fish (fresh water fish) cannot be imported into Nigeria without license from the Minister of Agriculture. It is an offence to make such importation and punishable with a fine not more than #40.00 for first time offenders, then an amount not exceeding #200.00 and or an imprisonment of not more than 6 months for second time offenders. Also, such fish, any substance or product made from the fish will be forfeited to government.

My authorities are sections 1, 2, 3 and 5 of the Live Fish (Control of Importation) Act, 1965.


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DAILY LAW TIPS 
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                  (Tip 198)
“Duration of Copyrights In Nigeria”.
 
Owners of literary, musical, artistic, cinematograph works, sound recording and broadcast have copyright in Nigeria. No other person can reproduce, publish, perform, record, broadcast, erect, display or distribute to the public for commercial purposes such works without consent of the owner. 
The rights last for 70 years for literary, musical and artistic works apart from photos. And, rights for cinematograph films, photographs, sound recordings and broadcasts last for 50 years. 
 
My authorities are Sections 2, 5, 6 and 24 of Copyright Act.
 
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Onyekachi Umah, Esq has been featured by a leading national newspaper (This Day Newspaper) as a legal personality of the week in its edition of September 11, 2018. Mr. Umah answered questions in his interview, giving insights to his law practise in Nigeria, passion to increase access to legal information and awareness as well as advice to other legal practitioners across Nigeria. Details of the interview as published by This Day Newspaper are contained below.

  

  1. Please give a brief introduction of yourself.

My name is Onyekachi Joseph Umah. I am a husband, private legal practitioner and arbitrator with experience in intellectual property, transaction and regulation advisory, corporate, commercial, investment law and energy law as well as litigation and arbitration arising from them. I am member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) and a Certified Conflict Management Practitioner. Among other, I have a certificate in Law of Contract from a program of Harvard University, a certificate in International Environmental Negotiation from United Nations Institute for Training and Research, Geneva and recently, a certificate in Conflict Management from United States Institute of Peace, Washington, D.C. as well as a master of laws degree from University of Jos.

I am the managing partner of a leading law firm; Bezaleel Chambers International and the founding President of a law awareness platform known as LearnNigerianLaws.com that promotes awareness and understanding of laws of Nigeria (#SabiLaw) and offers free daily law tips (#DailyLawTips) across Nigeria. I am the convener of the Sabi Law Lecture Series (#SabiLawLectures), through which I travel around Nigeria delivering free law awareness lectures and increasing access to legal information. I have written over fifty articles on law with a desire to enlighten the public. I am presently serving the Nigerian Bar Association as the Assistant Secretary of Capital Bar, Abuja after serving as Chairman of Young Lawyers Forum. I am a member of the Rotary Club of Abuja, Metro (RCAM), District 9125. I practise law and reside in Abuja with my awesome wife and an energetic boerboel dog. I like basketball and I play martial art (taekwando).

 

  1. Have you had any challenges in your career as a lawyer and if so what were the main challenges?

Yes, I have had challenges in my career as a lawyer. Upon graduation and my call to the Nigerian bar, I was young and people felt I was just too young to be a lawyer. I recall going for a meeting to see a certain General Overseer of a popular church in Abuja on behalf of a learned senior, the General Overseer just couldn’t believe I was already a lawyer. Well, when I finished my presentation, the General Overseer immediately called my senior and poured a lot of accolades on me and also mentioned that I looked too young and have no beard. Another challenge was getting briefs. I kept asking a lot of senior lawyers how to get clients and retain them within the Rules of Professional Conduct since such was never taught in the law school and University faculties. It took me very long time to find answers. Then, there was very little legal materials on the internet and that caused limited access to legal information and delay in research.

 

  1. What was your worst day as a lawyer?

I once had a client I defended well in a civil suit, who recommend a new client to me over criminal investigation. The new client had an invitation from State Security Services (SSS) and engaged my services to defend him. When we got to the command of SSS, I represented my client very well but it was obvious the operatives of SSS were not comfortable with my presence. In swift swing, I was threatened by operatives of SSS to exit their office or be beaten up and shot in the presence of my client. As I opposed them, tension grew and my client got scared to the extent he pleaded I exit the command.

 

  1. What was your most memorable experience?

I have a lot. In 2016, aside my law practice, I started promoting awareness on laws and rights of Nigerians via LearnNigerianlaws.com and the #SabiLawLectureSeries. In one of my lectures on August 2017, I spoke to Catholic Women Organization on legal marriage in Nigeria as it affects their unions, spouse, children and inheritance. When the light of understanding came to them, their expression of joy was unprecedented and their appreciation knew no bounds. It was an awesome experience speaking to very elderly women, enlightening and empowering them and their families through my law awareness program.    

 

  1. Who has been most influential in your life?

I have learnt a lot from a lot of great men starting from my father; Dr. Fidelis N. Umah. He thought me to read, question status quo and have unending quest for knowledge. As a practicing medical doctor he still squeezed out time to teach me English, Mathematics, Writing, Sciences and even Latin language ahead of my mates in school. He was a perfect gentleman with high morals and his lifestyle was my first school. In his words, he thought me to “chop and chop” books, newspaper, journals and anything readable. He believed every knowledge was important irrespective career path. Today, reading, writing and being a gentleman of the bar has become my lifestyle even before becoming a lawyer and thanks to my father.

 

  1. Why did you become a lawyer?

I was that boy that talked too much with a high sense of on the spot creativity. I narrated movies I never watched to my classmates and they would listen with great attention for as long as my mouth was open. So, literature was part of me and my quest to know my rights and read the constitution of Nigeria as a student got me closer to law. I remember the first day in my secondary school, when my English teacher mentioned that you cannot be arrested without a warrant of arrest, I quickly wrote it on the back page of my book. For every tip I received from him, I got more excited and I was eager to use them and share them. So, I became a lawyer to know my rights and duties, protect them, then defend and enlighten others on same. 

 

  1. What would your advice be to anyone wanting a career in law?

Law is for hard and smart workers. If you don’t have passion for listening, logic, reading, writing and patience for details, then a career in law is not for you. If you want to graduate and immediately own a Lamborghini, close from work by 4pm everyday, stay away from books on weekends and wear every thing that trends, then kindly stay away from a career in law. Career in law needs your time, attention, good health, supportive spouse, patience, hard work, smart work, networking, good leadership, persistency, creativity, international exposure and high ethics. If you must be a lawyer, be a good one, have quest for knowledge, marry technology and think out of the box to create a niche for yourself.    

 

  1. If you had not become a lawyer, what would you have chosen?

Unfortunately, I cannot imagine any other profession other than law practise. Well, thinking about this now that I am answering this question, may be I would have been an entertainer because of my love for creativity and literature.  

 

  1. Where do you see yourself in ten years?

My passion aside defending and advising clients, is to increase access to legal information through promotion of awareness on laws, rights and duties of Nigerians. I see myself helping more Nigerians to understand their rights, demand for justice everywhere as well as avoid disputes and promote peaceful co-existence.

 

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DAILY LAW TIPS
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(Tip 191)
“Nigeria Has Citizenship and Leadership Training Centers”

By law, a Citizenship and Leadership Training Center was established to provide training for development of citizenship and leadership for public benefit, expansion of individual awareness and national consciousness. Centers are to established across 5 zones in Nigeria.

My authorities are sections 1 and 2 of Citizenship and Leadership Training Center Act, 1989.

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DAILY LAW TIPS
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(Tip 188)
“A Corpse Cannot Be Anatomically Examined Within 24 Hours of Death”

Where a person dies, his corpse cannot be taken away for anatomical examination until after 24 hours of the death.

My authority is section 5 of Anatomy Act,1933.

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DAILY LAW TIPS
by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 187)
“Any Person Less Than 21 Years Old Cannot Be A Registered Advertising Practitioner In Nigeria”

Apart from educational qualification and good character, a person intending to be registered as an associate member of Advertising Profession by the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria must be 21 years old and above.

My authority is section 12(2)(d) of Advertising Practitioners (Registration, etc) Act.

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DAILY LAW TIPS
by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 184)
“Homosexual/Gay Clubs, Societies, Meetings And Protests Are Prohibited In Nigeria.”

It is an offence to be a gay in Nigeria. It is also an offence to register, own, operate or patronise gay clubs, societies or meetings in Nigeria and it is punishable with 10 years imprisonment without an option for fine.

My authorities are sections 4 and 5 of Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act, 2014.

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DAILY LAW TIPS
by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 180)
“No Person Can Be Arrested In Place Of Another Person In Nigeria”.

No person in Nigeria can be arrested in place of another person. You can only be arrested for an offence you committed or for an offence you are suspected to have committed and not for the offence of another or in place of another. You cannot be arrested in place of another person as a way to trap and force another person to surrender himself. You cannot even arrest a parent for the offence of his child.

My authority is section 7 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.

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DAILY LAW TIPS
by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 177)
“Harbouring A Terrorist Is An Offence In Nigeria”.

Terrorism is an offence in Nigeria. It is an offence to house, harbour or conceal a terrorist or a person convicted of terrorism or a person for whom there is a warrant of arrest or imprisonment for terrorism. The offence is punishable with imprisonment for not more than 10 years.

My authority is section 5 of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2011.

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“Understanding of Law; A Vital Tool For Effective Leadership In Africa.”

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ONYEKACHI UMAH, ESQ., LL.M, ACIArb(UK)

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DELIVERED ON SATURDAY, 4TH AUGUST (2:00PM)

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LECTURE CONTENTS:

           

      0. Profile of Onyekachi Umah

  1. What is LAW?
  2. What is Lawful Leadership?
  3. What is Your Understanding of LAW?
  4. SabiLaw Master’s Interlude
  5. Benefits of being a Lawful Leader
  6. How to Become a Lawful Leader
  7. Some Important Laws for Lawful Leaders
  8. Where is African Leadership?
  9. Conclusion

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COPYRIGHT, TRADEMARK, INDUSTRIAL DESIGNS & PATENT REGISTRATION;

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LECTURE CONTENTS:

           

      0. Profile of Onyekachi Umah

  1. How “Property-enough” is Intellectual Property?
  2. IP Market Stakeholders
  3. Opportunities for Lawyers In IP Market
  4. SabiLawMaster’s Interlude
  5. Ways to Strategically Position Yourself in IP Market
  6. How to Get IP Briefs
  7. Challenges in IP Market and their Solutions 
  8. Conclusion

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DAILY LAW TIPS
by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 141)
“Value Added Tax (VAT); Who Pays and Who Collects.”

Value Added Tax (VAT) is an indirect tax paid to Federal government of Nigeria on certain specified consumed goods and services. It is payable by the final consumer of such VATable goods or service. It is presently calculated at 5% of final value of VATable goods and services. It is payable to Federal government of Nigeria, only. Businesses, companies, individuals, partnerships and business names located in any part of Nigeria that deal on VATable goods and services are to charge VAT on them, receive VAT from consumers and then remit such to Federal Inland Revenue Services(FIRS) every month.

My authorities are sections 4, 8, 12, 14 and 15 of the Value Added Tax Act.

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by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 139)
“Persons Exempted From National Youth Service Corps in Nigeria”.

Every Nigerian graduate is mandated to enrol for a compulsory one year national service.
Conditions that may exempt a Nigerian graduate from National Youth Service Corps, includes;
1. The person is over thirty (30) years old at the point of graduation.
2. The person served in the Nigerian Army or Police for more than 9 months.
3. The person is a staff of State Security Service and National Intelligence Agency.
4. The person holds a National award.

My authority; section 2 of National Youth Service Corps Act.

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DAILY LAW TIPS
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(Tip 135)
“It is Illegal To Pay Police or Any Security Agency For Recovery Of Any Stolen Money or Items”.

It is the duty of Police and other security agencies to protect lives and property. They investigate crimes, recover stolen money and items for FREE because government pays them salaries and provides or should provide other needed supports.
Hence, no security agency is permitted to demand for any payment as success fee or mobilisation fee. They are not entitled to any percentage of recovered stolen property. All services rendered in police station are FREE including Bail and Recovery of stolen items. Report any police officer or security agent that demands money to do its work or for doing its work. Stop corruption!

My authority; Police Act.

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by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 133)
“Houses, Emails, Phones, Computers, Bank Accounts and Other Personal Items Cannot Be Merely Searched and Seized By Nigerian Police”.

In Nigeria, there is “Right to Private and Family Life” as a fundamental human right of all persons in Nigeria(including literates and illiterates, Young and Old, Students and Workers, Nigerians and Foreigners).
Hence, Police, SARS and other security agencies and their agents CANNOT break into and search your house or search through your phones, laptops, emails or bank accounts. Before any of the above activities can be done, the security agency must first obtain and show to you an order of court authorising such activities. Unprofessional policing is a crime.

My authority: section 37 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999.

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by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 131)
“Use of Fake Name by a Spouse Invalidates Marriage in Nigeria”.

Any marriage conducted under a false/fake names or name by a spouse with the consent, knowledge and willingness of both husband and wife is INVALID, NULL AND VOID.

My authority; section 33(2)(b) of Marriage Act.

 

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Hello, am glad to have your eyes on this page. On last edition I wrote on “Safest Means of Purchasing rural Land” which dwelt on the purchase of land under customary law which often occurs in our villages. I highlighted the legal requirements and steps to a successful land transaction under such law. Now is time for us to take a deep dive into land transaction under our statutory law. It is for land transactions in our towns and cities. I urge you to learn as much as you can and save yourself embarrassment.  

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