…Appoints Hon. Justice Olatoregun (rtd) As Chairman
The Federal Government has constituted the Advertising Offences Tribunal with the appointment of a chairman and four other members.
The Tribunal is to adjudicate over offences created under the Advertising Regulatory Council of Nigeria Act No 23 of 2022, Code of Advertising Practice, standard of Practice, Proclamation, and other relevant enactments made pursuant to the Act.
ARCON in statement issued on Friday said the Tribunal is an independent specialized judicial body established to ensure equity, openness, fairness and impartiality in all disputes and offences committed or allegedly committed under the Act.
“The Tribunal will advocate speedy hearing and timely resolution of all matters before it,” the statement said.
The Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed acting in line with section 38 of the Act appointed Honourable Justice Cecilia Olatoregun (rtd) as the Chairman of the tribunal.
Justice Olatoregun served meritoriously as a judge of the Federal High Court from July 2000 to November 2019.
Before her appointment to the bench, she was the Chief Registrar and Admiralty Marshal of the Federal High Court from November 1998 to July 2000.
As an administrative judge, she oversaw 11 judges in the Lagos Division and presided over 4 divisions of the Federal High Court at different times. She is a member of the international Association of Women Judges in Nigeria, Commonwealth Magistrate and Judges Association, among others.
Justice Olatoregun has facilitated and delivered papers at conferences and seminars, within and outside the country. By this appointment, she becomes the Tribunal’s first Chairman.
The other members of the Tribunal include Mr. Charles Odenigbo, a registered Advertising Practitioner, and former Executive Secretary of the Newspapers Association of Nigeria (NPAN), an advertising, entertainment, and media law expert with almost three decades of experience in law practice. He is the Director General of Centre for Media Law and Development. Mr. Moroof Aileru, a legal practitioner with over twenty years post call experience in litigation. A member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), he is vastly experienced in arbitration, corporate law practice and litigation. Mrs. Julia Oku Jacks is a fellow of the profession. She is one of the founding partners of SO&U Saatchi and Saatchi. Mrs. Jack is one of the distinguished and respected female practitioners in Nigeria’s Advertising Industry.
She has over three decades work-experience in academics, advertising and marketing communications. She has chaired several industry creative awards and has facilitated several training courses within and outside the industry.
Mr. Idorenyen Enang , a fellow of the profession and former President of the Advertisers Association of Nigeria, (ADVAN). He is currently the President of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN).