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Rare Court of Appeal judgment hails Kano lawyer for ‘spirited advocacy’

Rare Court of Appeal judgment hails Kano lawyer for ‘spirited advocacy’

A Kano-based legal practitioner, Usman Umar Fari, got praises of the Court of Appeal justices for his role in advancing the Rule of Law.

The Kano division of the Appeal Court hailed Fari for what it termed his persistence and relentless effort in pursuing the rights of his clients, who are mostly underprivileged.

Justice of the Court of Appeal, Mohammed Ambi-Usi Danjuma, in case number CA/KN/136/2020 between Garba Haruna and Attorney General of Kano State & Commissioner of Police, Kano State said in his lead judgement (Read the full judgement here):

“… The vehemence and spirited advocacy of the Appellant’s learned counsel, Mr. Usman Umar Fari, Esq in pursuit of the advancement of the Rule of law and the enforcement of Fundamental Rights of citizens, in this appeal, that of his client is commendable.

“That gives hope that the Role of Lawyers as promoters of the Rule of law and the protection of the Rights and dignity of persons is still being appreciated. It should be maintained and in decorum and honesty/candidness to put across as was herein done before us, by Fari, Esq.”

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He said apart from his appreciable advocacy, Fari was instrumental in resolving knotty issues of law by providing authorities that helped the court to arrive at a legally acceptable conclusion.

“Learned Counsel, Fari, Esq was of tremendous assistance in the supply of the list of Additional Authorities of Odugu Vs A.G. & Ors (1996) LPELR 2228 (SC) 12 on “Damages” and “Compensation” being interchangeable phrases. I agree, they are similes and sing the same tune in purport and effect; after all the law looks at the intent.”

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Fari said he was simply doing his job

In a number of other cases at the Federal High Court, the same lawyer has had his name mentioned by judges in commendable manners for good advocacy. For instance, Justice F. O. Riman in Suit No FHC/K/CS/25/2014 said “Mr Fari is vibrant member of the Nigerian Bar Association and a courageous human rights activist who has been pursuing his clients’ cases without fear and protecting their rights in court.”

Fari however said he was only doing the job he had undertaken to do, adding that he believed whatever is worth doing “must be done well to best of one’s ability.”

He also said he intends to appeal portions of the case, especially where the court refused to grant the appellant exemplary damages and specific damages.

He said the dichotomy regarding tort which the Appeal Court relied on to refuse the damages has since been removed by the Supreme Court.

“Even the compensatory damages of ten million naira could not be said to be commensurate if you consider that Nigeria’s inflation rate has shot up by 2023 as opposed to 2020 when the appeal as filed.

 

*** This story was updated to include a quotation of a Federal High Court judgement and to upload the full judgement of the Court of Appeal.

 

Faruk Khalil
Faruk Khalilhttps://nigeriansketch.com/
Khalil Faruk (Deputy Editor-in-Chief), has a Bachelors and Master's degree in Political Science and has worked as a reporter, features editor and Deputy Editor-in-Chief respectively in a leading Nigerian daily. He has undergone trainings in journalism, photo journalism and online journalism within and outside Nigeria.

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