It’s 13 days into the new year. Whew! It sure feels like 31 days already. Anyways, we’re glad you made it through 2022. Welcome to The Learned Friends Weekly Round Up where we aim to bring you the latest gist's in the Nigerian legal sector.


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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has reiterated that the initial deadline set for the exchange of old Naira notes remains the same and has not changed. The Federal-owned financial institution communicated this via its twitter handle tweeting, “The current series of N200, N500 and N1,000 notes remain legal tender until the deadline of January 31, 2023.” We sure don’t need to say much on this apart from the fact that the old notes should cease to be accepted as legal tender from the31st of January according to the directive laid down by the CBN.



The CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, has been reportedly said to have returned to Nigeria upon completion of his leave break. It was stated that the CBN governor has been out of the country for several weeks amidst fears he would be arrested by the State Security Service (SSS) who are investigating a number of allegations against him. This is, of course, after the SSS filed an application ex parte seeking a court order to arrest Gov. Emefiele. An order which was rejected by the court on the grounds of insufficient evidence back in December.



Good news! The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has extended the deadline for the collection of Permanent Voter’s Card (PVCs) till Sunday, 29th January 2023.


A member & elder of the Seventh Day Adventist Church sought to enforce his constitutional right to sue against the federal government when he sought an order to stop the conduct of the 2023 general election and examinations on Saturdays.



On this week’s episode of ‘thinking this country might be ask it’, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned the immediate past vice chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) together with the university’s former bursar for allegedly laundering N1bn. Whew! A billion naira!!



You could say it rained EFCC last week because they were all over the news.

A former presidential adviser, Dr Doyin Okupe, was arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) based on a watch-list request issued by the EFCC over six years ago. The DSS arrested Okupe at the Muritala Mohammed Airport and handed him over to the EFCC. The EFFC will later go on to release him after stating that the watch-list request had expired.


The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) announced Tuesday, 17th January as slated to honor the memory of its member, Mrs. Bolanle Raheem, who was killed by a police officer in Lagos last Christmas. The NBA has also constituted an ad-hoc committee in respect of this matter to look into it and the committee has since held its inaugural meeting.  



Finally, an alleged baby factory was reported to have been raided in River's state. The police were reported to have arrested a 17-year-old boy alongside his accomplice for impregnating 10 ladies as part of running the alleged baby factory.

Just wow! That’s definitely not a boy but a man, phew!



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