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I Asked God To Disgrace Magu Out Of Office For Detaining Me – Monday Ubani
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I Asked God To Disgrace Magu Out Of Office For Detaining Me – Monday Ubani

Monday Ubani, a former vice-president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), says he prayed for God to disgrace Ibrahim Magu out of office for keeping him in detention for 23 days against a court order. Magu, former acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari in July 2020. He was alleged to have mishandled recovered loot and sold seized assets to his associates. Ubani, who was counsel to Ngozi Olejeme, former chairman of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), said Magu flouted court orders and embarked on media trial of suspects. Ubani had stood as surety for Olejeme after the EFCC declared her wanted in September 2017 over allegations of “criminal conspiracy, abuse of office, diversion of public ...
Assault: NBA To Investigate CCT Chairman, Danladi Umar
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Assault: NBA To Investigate CCT Chairman, Danladi Umar

STATEMENT OF THE NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION ON THE ALLEGED CASE OF ASSAULT BY UMAR YAKUBU DANLADI, ESQ. The attention of the Nigerian Bar Association ("NBA") has been drawn to the video making the rounds where the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (“CCT”) - Danladi Yakubu Umar Esq., was seen, together with his security detail, allegedly assaulting a citizen atin Wuse Abuja. We understand that this citizen turned out to be a 22-year-old employee of Jul Reliable Guards Services Limited, posted as a security guard to the Plaza and who is now reportedly hospitalised. The NBA has also read the statement credited to the Head, Press and Public Relations of the CCT in response to the actions of Mr Umar. The NBA frowns at any display of naked power by a public officer especially one ...
Kidnapped Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association Onitsha found dead
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Kidnapped Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association Onitsha found dead

Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Onitsha branch, Barrister Francis Onwuachi, has been killed by his abductors. Onwuachi, President General of Omor, a community in Ayamelum Local Government Area, was kidnapped was kidnapped along Ezu River/Anaku road on Friday, March 12, while on his way to his town by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen. According to a THISDAY report, the lawyer, who was the Vice President of the University of Nigeria Alumni Association (UNAA), Onitsha branch, was found dead on Friday night, March 19. Meanwhile, the Committee of Chairmen and Secretaries of the Nigerian Bar Association Branches in Anambra State has bemoaned what it described as the worsening security situation in the state. In a in a statement signed by all the chairmen and sec...
NBA Sues Buhari Over IGP Adamu Tenure Extension
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NBA Sues Buhari Over IGP Adamu Tenure Extension

The Nigerian Bar Association has started legal action against President Muhammadu Buhari over his extension of the Mohammed Adamu’s tenure as inspector-general of police. Buhari, Adamu and the Police Service Commission are named as respondents in the suit FHC/L/CS/214/2021 filed by NBA’s public interest litigation committee before the Federal High Court in Lagos. NBA wants the court to determine the constitutionality of Buhari’s extension of Adamu’s tenure as IGP for three months after Adamu on February 1 attained the mandatory 35 years in service. It said it is guided by an urgent need and sacred duty to reassert the supremacy of the rule of law in the face of growing impunity and the seeming reluctance of Law Officers in Government to give proper counsel. NBA’s position i...
Christians, Foreigners Also Boko Haram Members – Zulum
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Christians, Foreigners Also Boko Haram Members – Zulum

Babagana Zulum Borno State governor says Christians are also members of Boko Haram, contrary to the believe that members of the terrorist group are only Muslims. Mr Zulum made the claim at the 17th Chief Gani Fawehinmi Annual Lecture organised by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Ikeja branch at the weekend. His new claim contradicts the mission of the outlawed group fighting to Islamize the nation. Formed over a decade ago, the rebellious group has continued to terrorise Nigerians despite killing thousands and displacing millions. Last year, President Muhammadu Buhari expressed surprised that the group which he vowed to crush in no distant time when he took over in 2015 was still existing. This is after officials of his administration have severally claimed that the insurgen...
NBA Condemns Lekki Killings, Sets To Begin Legal Actions Against FG, Military
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NBA Condemns Lekki Killings, Sets To Begin Legal Actions Against FG, Military

The Nigerian Bar Association on Tuesday condemned the killing of peaceful #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at Lekki tollgate in Lagos. The NBA President, Mr Olumide Akpata, stated in a statement asked the Nigerian Army to immediately identify the soldiers who carried out the attack and dismiss them from service. He also said the association would immediately commence legal actions against the Nigerian government and the Army at both international and local fora. He said the suits would be initiated by the NBA on behalf of the families of the victims, “for abuse of power, disregard of rules of engagement and the infringement of the fundamental rights (including right to life) of the affected citizens”. He stated in the statement titled, ‘Nigerian Bar Association condemns the ...
Malami Lacks Unilateral Power To Amend Lawyers’ Professional Conduct – Akpata
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Malami Lacks Unilateral Power To Amend Lawyers’ Professional Conduct – Akpata

The President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr Olumide Akpata, has said it is impossible for the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abukakar Malami (SAN), to single-handedly amend the 2007 Rules of Professional Conduct for Legal Practitioners. Akpata said this in response to reports that Malami had amended the RPC to the effect that the NBA stamp and seal was no longer a requirement to authenticate papers filed by lawyers in court. The sale of the stamp and seal is a major source of revenue for the NBA as lawyers cannot validly file court papers without affixing the stamp and seal. Akpata faulted Malami’s single-handed amendments to the RPC in a press release on Sunday, titled, “Statement by NBA President on the Purported Amendment to the Rules of Professional Conduct for L...
Osinbajo, Falana Okay Journalists’ Coverage Of Virtual Court Hearings
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Osinbajo, Falana Okay Journalists’ Coverage Of Virtual Court Hearings

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) have thrown their weight behind coverage of virtual court proceedings by journalists. The eminent lawyers said since section 36 of the 1999 Constitution provides that court sittings must be in public, journalists participating in covering virtual sittings would help to project information to the world, thereby reducing corruption. They spoke at a zoom conference titled “Media coverage of virtual court proceedings: prospects and challenges” organized by an online news platform, Gavel International. In his keynote address, Osinbajo said reporting of court proceedings was a crucial exercise of the right to fair hearing. According to him, that right would ...
5,000 Lawyers Have Registered With New NBA, Says Co-convener
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5,000 Lawyers Have Registered With New NBA, Says Co-convener

Abdulbasit Suleiman, a co-convener of the New Nigerian Bar Association (NNBA), says more than 5,000 lawyers have registered to join the newly-formed association. The NNBA was formed following the controversy that trailed the dis-invitation of Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna, as a speaker at the just concluded annual general conference of the NBA. In an interview with PREMIUM TIMES on Monday, Suleiman said the dis-invitation of the governor is not the reason for creating a faction of the NBA. He said: “We, the conveners of the new NBA, are not fans of el-Rufai.We all have our reservations on el-Rufai’s government. But since you have invited this man, let’s hear from him- for him to answer our questions before we take any action against him. “Some people wrote a petition again...
Malami Has No Power To Grant Approval To Northern Lawyers ‘new NBA’ – Sagay
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Malami Has No Power To Grant Approval To Northern Lawyers ‘new NBA’ – Sagay

Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN),Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) has said Abubakar Malami, Attorney-General and Minister of Justice has no powers to grant approval to the formation of a parallel body of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) known as ‘New NBA’. The breakaway group, was formed following the controversy created by the dis-invitation of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai by the NBA as speaker at its just concluded Annual General Meeting (AGM). In a statement by two lawyers, Nuhu Ibrahim (Convener 1) and Abdulbasit Suleiman (Convener 2), explained that the formation of the ‘New NBA’ was aimed at protecting their interests as enshrined under Section 40 of the constitution. They also said they have notified Malami of the existence of the ...
NBA CRISIS: South-west May Likely Follow North
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NBA CRISIS: South-west May Likely Follow North

THE crisis rocking the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) is not going away any time soon. Apart from the formation of a splinter group in the North, the South West NBA with the highest number of lawyers has also not abandoned its threat to break away from the national body. In protesting the outcome of the just-concluded election of the association, South West Lawyers’ Forum known as Egbe Amofin, unequivocally said it would likely lead its members elsewhere, if the election that produced new president, Olumide Akpata, is not voided. In a letter to the Trustees of the association, Egbe Amofin, which supported the candidacy of Deacon Dele Adesina, SAN, alleged electoral fraud and demanded wholesale cancellation of the election. Responding to the petition from Adesina who lost the pre...
Usoro Bows Out, As Akpata Takes Over As 30th President Of NBA
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Usoro Bows Out, As Akpata Takes Over As 30th President Of NBA

Mr. Olumide Akpata was on Friday sworn in as the 30th President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA. Akpata is the first non-Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, to lead the NBA in years, having defeated two SANs in an online election the legal body conducted between July 29 and July 30. Akpata was sworn in by the immediate past National President of the NBA, Mr. Paul Usoro, SAN, at exactly 7:05PM, in a ceremony that held at the National Headquarters of the association in Abuja. Motion for the dissolution of the Usoro-led National Executive Committee of the legal body was moved and okayed at exactly 7:13pm, just as the new NBA President, performed his first assignment by swearing in other members of his cabinet. In his maiden address, Akpata, said he would spend the next 24 m...
Osinbajo Declares NBA Virtual Annual Conference Open
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Osinbajo Declares NBA Virtual Annual Conference Open

The Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday virtually declared open the 60th four-day Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Annual General Conference, in Abuja. We gathered that the opening remarks was done by Prof. Osinbajo on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari who was earlier invited to the program. VP Osinbajo is currently attending from the Vice President's Office, at the presidential villa, in Abuja. Prominent persons in attendance include the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Mohammed, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos and members of the NBA led by Paul Usoro. The meeting itself is taking place in Lagos, with majority of the more than 20,000 lawyers and keynote speakers joining virtually nationwide for the very first time. The event was originally slated to b...
Boko Haram Can Invite El-Rufai To Their AGM – Yinka Odumakin
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Boko Haram Can Invite El-Rufai To Their AGM – Yinka Odumakin

Yinka Odumakin, National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere has hailed the leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) for withdrawing the invitation of Governor Nasir El- Rufai of Kaduna state as one of the speakers at its forthcoming 2020 Annual General Meeting. Odumakin in his latest article titled ‘ El- Rufai and The Wages Of Sin’ said like the NBA, no decent Nigerian should give El-Rufai any platform to speak to Nigerians. He wrote “The NBA has continued what I advocated that Nigerians to continue to do when the late Kashamu peers wanted to shut former President Olusegun Obasanjo up for grafting the proper epithet for the late serial fraud. Boko Haram can invite El-Rufai for their session but let no decent Nigerians give him their platforms”. El-Rufai was one of the f...
El-rufai: 100 Muslim Kaduna Lawyers Threaten To Boycott NBA Conference
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El-rufai: 100 Muslim Kaduna Lawyers Threaten To Boycott NBA Conference

No fewer than 105 Muslims lawyers in Kaduna have indicated their intention to boycott the proposed Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) conference following the withdrawal of the invitation earlier given to Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State. This development was disclosed by an executive member of the Muslim Lawyers Council (MULAC), Kaduna State, Barrister Suleiman Shuaib while speaking with newsmen in Kaduna on Saturday Shuaib who was the immediate past state chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) said: “We have gathered over 105 signatures of our members who said they don’t have anything to do with the conference. “I want to put it on record, that so far no fewer than 105 lawyers that we collected their signatures under MULAC would be boycotting. Yes, we are expecting...
Group Asks NBA To Withdraw Obasanjo, Wike’s Invitation
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Group Asks NBA To Withdraw Obasanjo, Wike’s Invitation

A group of lawyers has asked the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to withdraw the invitation of former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, as speakers for its annual conference. This comes a few days after the NBA withdrew its invitation to Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna, as a speaker at the conference following an outcry by some lawyers who said the governor stands against what the profession represents. The lawyers, under the umbrella of the Radical Agenda Movement in the Nigerian Bar Association (RAMINBA), said both Obasanjo and Wike have acted against the rule of law. In a statement on Saturday, Adesina Ogunlana, RAMINBA chairman, and Ayo Ademiluyi, the secretary, accused Obasanjo of masterminding the Odi massacre of 1999 and attem...
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“NBA Misfired” – MURIC Speaks On Removal Of El-Rufai

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) yesterday removed the name of El-Rufai from the list of speakers at its 2020 Virtual Annual General Conference (AGC) which is scheduled for 26th to 29th August, 2020. Reacting to this development, an Islamic human rights organisation, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), described NBA’s action as parochial, myopic and jejune. MURIC spoke on Friday, 21st August, 2020 through its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola. “NBA yesterday dropped Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna State from the list speakers at its Virtual AGC which is billed to start on 26th August, 2020. It is high level prejudice. NBA as a group of learned literati should know better. It is parochial, myopic and jejune. “The fact that NBA took the ill-advised step on accou...
NBA Jigawa Expresses Support For El-rufai, Threatens To Boycott Conference
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NBA Jigawa Expresses Support For El-rufai, Threatens To Boycott Conference

The Nigerian Bar Association, Dutse, Jigawa Branch, has threatened not to participate in the Virtual Annual General Conference of the NBA following the withdrawal of invitation earlier sent to Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el- Rufai. This was made known in a statement on Friday by Chairman of NBA Dutse, Garba Abubakar. The group described as “frivolous” the allegations levelled against Governor el-Rufai, accusing the NBA of not giving him the opportunity to defend himself. “A section of the country cannot therefore take us for a ride as we all have a fair understanding of the law. “On the strength of this therefore, we call on the national body under President Paul Usoro (SAN) to reverse the decision with immediate effect else the Nigerian Bar Association Dutse branch wi...
Redirect Your Useless Invitation To Wike, Fayose – El-Rufai’s Son Tells NBA
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Redirect Your Useless Invitation To Wike, Fayose – El-Rufai’s Son Tells NBA

Bashir El-rufai, son of Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-rufai, has told the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to re-direct its invitation for the 2020 Annual General Conference to opposition politicians. The body of legal practitioners in the country had invited the Kaduna helmsman to the event as a speaker but the invitation was greeted with criticism, mostly from Nigerians on social media. A petition seeking his disengagement was also forwarded to the association. The development forced the NBA to withdraw the invitation extended to the governor who then described it as unfair. “For an association, whose bread and butter is about justice to make a ruling based on the stridency of people who lampoon judicial processes against certain individuals without hearing the other side i...
Conference: NBA Withdraws Invitation To El-rufai
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Conference: NBA Withdraws Invitation To El-rufai

The Nigerian Bar Association has withdrawn its invitation to Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, following protests from some lawyers. The NBA said this in a tweet on Thursday via its Twitter handle @NigBarAssoc. The tweet read, “The National Executive Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association at its ongoing meeting resolves that the invitation to the Kaduna State Governor, H.E. Nasir El-Rufai, by the 2020 Annual General Conference Planning committee be withdrawn and decision communicated to the Governor.” A petition to stop the governor from attending the Annual General Conference which was started by a lawyer, Usani Odum, had garnered over 3,150 signatures on Change.Org as of 4 pm on Thursday. In a separate letter titled, ‘Request to Withdraw the Offer of Platform at ...
Barbaric To Threaten To Flog Those Without Face Mask – Ubani
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Barbaric To Threaten To Flog Those Without Face Mask – Ubani

Former Vice-President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr Monday Ubani, has described Ebonyi state governor’s threat to flog residents without face masks as barbaric. He also berated Cross River for making same comments earlier. Ubani said, “It will be an absurdity taken to the highest pinnacle to permit the executive that executes laws made by the legislature to begin to enact laws and creates offences in the state as being canvassed by some persons who ought to know. It is a criminal breach of the separation of powers as enshrined in our constitution to suggest and approve that in our land. “Much as we agree that the times we are in are not normal and require every hand on deck to stem the tide of the spread of the dangerous virus, we must not allow the birth and delivery...
Akinjide was a brilliant advocate, one of the finest of legal profession – NBA
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Akinjide was a brilliant advocate, one of the finest of legal profession – NBA

The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, on Tuesday, mourned the death of its former President, Chief Richard Akinjide, SAN, describing him as an a brilliant advocate and an icon of the legal profession. The legal body, in a statement that was signed by its National Assistant Publicity Secretary, Akorede Lawal, noted that the late Chief Akinjide was steeped in the ethics of the Bar and made immense contributions when he served as President of the Association between 1970 to 1973. “It is with grave regret that the President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Paul Usoro, SAN received the news of the passing of Chief Richard Akinjide, SAN – an icon of the legal profession and a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association. “Chief Richard Akinjide, SAN passed away in the early hours of to...
Former CJN, Onnoghen Makes First Public Appearance. Speaks In Parable
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Former CJN, Onnoghen Makes First Public Appearance. Speaks In Parable

Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), wearing a white tuxedo coat on a pair of black trousers, chaired the Nigerian Bar Association’s Calabar Branch 2020 dinner on Friday 31 January, 2020. He was there with Nkoyo, his wife. That was Onnoghen’s first public appearance after he left office on 5 April, 2019 after a protracted battle with the executive arm of government that accused him of misconduct. That day, he received a lifetime achievement award given by the NBA branch. He said enthusiatically: “It’s good to be home and be part of the private Bar. This is where I started my practice as a private lawyer and I feel good coming back”. “I want to say is thank you to the NBA and judicial officers who stood by me. I thank you for all that you...
Sowore: Akeredolu Condemns DSS, Warns Lawyers Could Be Arrested In Court
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Sowore: Akeredolu Condemns DSS, Warns Lawyers Could Be Arrested In Court

Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has tasked legal practitioners to rise to the challenge of protecting the judiciary from interference. Nigerian Tribune reports that the governor made this call at the opening ceremony of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Ibadan branch, held at Aare Afe Babalola Bar Centre, Iyaganku, Ibadan, on Monday, December 9. Making specific reference to the rearrest of Omoyele Sowore by the Department of State Services (DSS), Akeredolu, who chaired the occasion, urged the bar to condemn the DSS for desecrating the nation’s courtroom. He warned that judges were at risk of being arrested in wig and gown during court session if the bar continued to adopt a passive and inactive posture to addressing issues. He, therefore, urged legal practitioners to ...
(Full Text) NBA Reacts To DSS Court Invasion And Sowore’s Rearrest
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(Full Text) NBA Reacts To DSS Court Invasion And Sowore’s Rearrest

The Nigerian Bar Association has reacted to the Friday invasion of the Federal High Court, Abuja, by operatives of the Department of State Services in an attempt to rearrest Mr. Omoyele Sowore, who had been released less that 12 hours before. See the full statement: DESECRATION AND ASSAULT ON THE FEDERAL HIGH COURT BY DSS: NBA URGES ALL NIGERIANS TO DEFEND THE RULE OF LAW The Nigerian Bar Association is greatly dismayed at the exhibition of primitivity, thuggery, insane passion for lawlessness, contempt and disrespect for the rule of law by the agents of the Department of State Services (DSS) within the precints of the Federal High Court, Abuja while attempting to re-arrest Citizens Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare earlier today. Eventually Sowore and Bakare were re-arrest...
Sowore: Falana Tells NBA To Discipline Osinbajo, Other Lawyers In Cabinet
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Sowore: Falana Tells NBA To Discipline Osinbajo, Other Lawyers In Cabinet

Human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), who leads Mr Omoyele Sowore’s defence team, has asked the Nigerian Bar Association to take disciplinary actions against lawyers in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet over what he described as desecration of the court with Sowore’s rearrest at the Federal High Court in Abuja, causing a disruption of court proceedings. He said his legal team would meet on Saturday to determine the next line of action. He said there were 10 lawyers with four of them Senior Advocates of Nigeria, who ought to live up to their oath to defend the Constitution and other laws of the country, by ensuring that the rule of law was observed by the government. The SANs in the cabinet are Vice President Yemi Osinbajon (SAN), Attorney-General of the Federation and ...
Nigerian Bar Association Demands Immediate Suspension Of DSS Boss
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Nigerian Bar Association Demands Immediate Suspension Of DSS Boss

The Nigerian Bar Association has demanded the immediate suspension of the Director-General of Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi, over the style used in rearresting Omoyele Sowore in court premises. Operatives of the DSS had stormed the Federal High Court on Friday to arrest Sowore. The invasion of the courtroom forced Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu to abandon sitting and judicial activities for the day. The NBA in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kunle Edun, said it was “greatly dismayed at the exhibition of primitivity, thuggery, insane passion for lawlessness, contempt and disrespect for the rule of law by the agents of the DSS”. The body of lawyers in the country also said that it finds it disgraceful that this 'court riot' occasioned by the high-handedness ...
NBA Condems Kogi Election, Calls It A Dent To Nigeria’s Democratic Process
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NBA Condems Kogi Election, Calls It A Dent To Nigeria’s Democratic Process

The Nigerian Bar Association on Sunday condemned the Saturday governorship elections in Kogi State as falling below the minimum standard of a credible election. This was contained in the report of the NBA’s Election Working Group led by its Chairman, Afam Osigwe. The 20-page report issued on Sunday read in part, “The credibility of the entire process was put in issue by the overwhelming incidents of harassment and intimidation of voters and electoral officials, destruction of electoral materials, snatching of ballot boxes and votes and the killings of persons. “The specific incidents noted here, are by no means exhaustive.” Concluding, the report stated, “In light of the large scale acts of violence, disruptions of the electoral process, snatching of electoral materials by armed pe...
London Trip: ‘Buhari Has Breached Constitution’ – Ubani
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London Trip: ‘Buhari Has Breached Constitution’ – Ubani

A former Vice President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr Monday Ubani, says President Muhammadu Buhari breached the constitution for failing to hand over to the Vice President while embarking on a two-week private visit to London. Ubani also condemned the transportation of a bill to London for Buhari to sign. The lawyer faulted the claim that the President was not mandated to hand over power to the Vice President unless he will be away for more than 21 days. He said those making the claim were misinterpreting Section 145(2) of the constitution. Ubani recalled that subsection (2) was introduced to Section 145 of the constitution in 2010 to forestall a repeat of what happened when the late President Umar Yar’Adua embarked on a foreign medical trip without transmitting p...
Akwa Ibom Governor, Emmanuel Loses Against EFCC
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Akwa Ibom Governor, Emmanuel Loses Against EFCC

Justice Rilwan Aikawa of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Thursday, dismissed an application filed by Akwa Ibom State Governor, Emmanuel Udom, seeking to quash the entire charge preferred against Paul Usoro, SAN, President, Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. Usoro was charged alongside Udom and others in a case of money laundering to the tune of N1.4 billion, belonging to the Akwa Ibom State government. The NBA President was first arraigned before Justice Muslim Hassan of the same court on December 18, 2018. He was later re-arraigned before Justice Aikawa on a 10- count charge. The Judge further held that the applicant could not apply to the court to quash the charge or seek fair hearing as prayed in the appli...
Panic at EFCC Premises As Ex-NBA VP Ubani Slumps.
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Panic at EFCC Premises As Ex-NBA VP Ubani Slumps.

  There was panic at the Abuja office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after the former Vice-President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Monday Ubani slumped in the custody of the agency. According to reports, Ubani was rushed to an undisclosed hospital in Abuja after he collapsed in the detention facility of EFCC. A member of Ubani’s family in an interview with newsmen revealed that Ubani slumped after suffering severe dehydration and high blood pressure. The family member said: “Ubani would have died today (yesterday) if some persons had not intervened and rushed him to the hospital after he collapsed in EFCC cell. “It is very disheartening that the EFCC has chosen to continue to detain him despite a court order that instructed that he be...
#Onnoghen: Lawyers Ignore NBA Boycott Order
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#Onnoghen: Lawyers Ignore NBA Boycott Order

Lawyers in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory have reported to the courts despite an order by the Nigerian Bar Association for them to boycott the courts. The association called for the boycott at the end of its emergency National Executive Council meeting on Monday, which discussed the suspension of Walter Onnoghen as the Chief Justice of Nigeria. Mr Onnoghen was suspended in controversial circumstances by President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday. The suspension is deemed illegal and has drawn strong condemnations. The NBA ordered court boycott in protest, amid concerns over the violation of the independence of the judiciary. A PREMIUM TIMES reporter who visited the headquarters of the Federal High Court and FCT High Court in Maitama reported that normal businesses went on as...
We Recognise Only Onnoghen As CJN, NBA Declares
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We Recognise Only Onnoghen As CJN, NBA Declares

The Nigerian Bar Association says it still recognises Justice Walter Onnoghen as the Chief Justice of Nigeria. It also ordered its members across the country to boycott courts on Tuesday and Wednesday in protest against President Muhammadu Buhari’s suspension of Onnoghen last Friday. Buhari had immediately sworn in Justice Tanko Mohammed as the acting CJN. But rising from its Monday emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee comprising its branch chairmen and past presidents and the executive committee of the association, the NBA said due process was not followed by Buhari in suspending Onnoghen and swearing in Muhammad in acting capacity. Among other decisions reached at the meeting, the NBA set up a committee led by former presidents of the association, Chief W...
NBA Summons An Emergency NEC Meeting Over Onoghen’s Suspension
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NBA Summons An Emergency NEC Meeting Over Onoghen’s Suspension

FROM: THE GENERAL SECRETARY TO: ALL STATUTORY NEC MEMBERS SUBJECT: NOTICE OF NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (NEC) MEETING Dear Sir, There will be an Emergency National Executive Committee meeting of the Nigerian Bar Association on the date and at the time and venue specified hereunder: DATE: Monday, 28 January 2019 TIME: 12 noon Prompt VENUE: NBA Auditorium, NBA House, Plot 1101 Muhamadu Buhari Way, Cadastral Zone A00 Central Area, Abuja - FCT AGENDA 1. Purported Suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon Mr Justice Walter S C Onnoghen 2. Any Other Business Please note that attendance for this NEC meeting is limited only to Statutory NEC members made up of the following: 1. National Officers 2. Past Presidents 3. Past General Secr...
Onnoghen: NBA Urges National Assembly To Save Nigeria
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Onnoghen: NBA Urges National Assembly To Save Nigeria

The Nigerian Bar Association has called on the National Assembly to save Nigeria from what it described as a “coup against the judiciary.” The NBA said this in a statement by its President, Mr. Paul Usoro (SAN), on Friday while reacting to the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen. The association said in a statement titled, ‘Coup against the Nigerian judiciary and suspension of the Nigerian constitution,’ that President Muhammadu Buhari acted against the constitution by removing Onnoghen and swearing-in Justice Ibrahim Mohammed. The NBA said, “We call on the Federal Government to avert the looming constitutional crisis precipitated by its ill-advised action. In particular, the Nigerian Bar Association demands the reversal of the purported suspens...
NBA President Says Gov Udom Paid Him N1.4bn For Legal Services
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NBA President Says Gov Udom Paid Him N1.4bn For Legal Services

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says the president of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Paul Usoro (SAN), told detectives during interrogation that the N1.4bn which was paid into his account by the Akwa Ibom State Government was for the tribunal case which Governor Udom Emmanuel won. The EFCC said this in a statement by its acting spokesman, Mr. Tony Orilade, while reacting to a speech delivered by Usoro at the NBA’s National Executive Committee meeting, which held on Thursday. Usoro, who is set to be arraigned by the EFCC, was said to have received “questionable funds” from the Akwa Ibom State Government. The EFCC said, “Indeed, the EFCC had invited Usoro in June this year, to explain his role regarding the inflow of N300m from the Akwa Ibom State Government’s ac...
Wole Soyinka Reacts To Buhari’s Rule Of Law Comment, Says ‘An Advance Warning’
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Wole Soyinka Reacts To Buhari’s Rule Of Law Comment, Says ‘An Advance Warning’

Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari over his comments at the opening ceremony of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) conference last Sunday. In a statement Thursday, Mr Soyinka mocked the president by saying Mr Buhari had obviously given a deep thought to his travails under a military dictatorship and concluded that his incarceration at that time was also in the ‘national interest.’ . Mr Buhari was imprisoned for years by the Ibrahim Babangida regime after his military dictatorship was overthrown in 1985. Since returning to power in 2015, Mr Buhari’s government has held some Nigerians for years without trial. High profile detainees have been denied freedom despite court orders. . “Here we go again,” Mr Soyinka said in the statement he titled...
Nigeria Does Not Need Strong Leaders, But Competent Ones – Prof Attahiru Jega
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Nigeria Does Not Need Strong Leaders, But Competent Ones – Prof Attahiru Jega

A former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Attahiru Jega, has mentioned that Nigeria needs competent leaders and not necessarily strong leaders. According to Jega, an incompetent leader who is strong will end up destroying institutions. The former INEC boss said this at the 58th Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association in Abuja on Monday, The Punch reports. He said: “What we require most are the competence and capacity of leaders to take decisions and be assertive in ensuring that those decisions are actually implemented. So, we have to be very careful in thinking that a strong leader can really help. “Just like a weak leader can wreck an institution, a strong leader, who has just that power and courage, but lacks the capaci...
Manufacturing Key To Economic Growth, Development – Dangote
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Manufacturing Key To Economic Growth, Development – Dangote

Director of the Dangote Group, Hajiya Halima Aliko-Dangote has urged millennials in Nigeria and across Africa to diversify from service-oriented enterprises to manufacturing and agriculture in a bid to fast-track the development of the continent. Halima Dangote said that economic realities around the world had shown that the way to go is agriculture, and that the youths must take the lead more as most African countries are still grappling with low economic growth. Addressing the 58th Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, in Abuja, yesterday, Hajiya Halima Dangote said African countries have groped in the dark for too long and it is high time the millennials stood up to be counted as the future of the continent. In her paper titled: “Roles of Millennials in Transition and ...
Meet The New Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) President, Paul Usoro
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Meet The New Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) President, Paul Usoro

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Paul Usoro has been elected as the new National President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA). Chairman of the Electoral Committee, Professor Auwalu Yadudu, disclosed this on Monday while announcing the result of the election which was monitored by OkayNG.com in Abuja, the nation’s capital. He said Usoro polled 4,509 votes to defeat Okafor Obi and Ernest Ojukwu who scored 4,423 and 3,313 votes respectively. The outgoing President of the association, Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN), commended the electoral committee for the conduct of the election, adding that the election was the fairest exercise held so far.
Nigeria’s Chief Justice Sets New Rules For Judges
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Nigeria’s Chief Justice Sets New Rules For Judges

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, has ordered judges to resume at 9 a.m. and close 4 p.m. daily in all courts. Mr.Onnoghen said this at a function on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The event was organised by the Itse Sagay-led Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption. Mr. Onnoghen’s directives was part of 13 reforms aimed at fighting corruption and ensuring speedy and transparent delivery of justice in the Nigerian judicial system. “Backlog of cases, delayed proceedings and corruption allegations against officers are some of the stains the institution has been battling to remove,” he said. “In the recent past, the judiciary has been accused of corruption along with the allegation that when complaints of corrupt practices and unprofessional cond...
ACJA Needs Critical Stakeholders Input – NBA
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ACJA Needs Critical Stakeholders Input – NBA

Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) says the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) is an important legislation that needs the input of all critical stakeholders. President of NBA, Abubakar Mahmoud, SAN, noted this in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Sunday. He was speaking at a State Legislative Advocacy and Sensitisation Workshop on the implementation of ACJA 2015 in Bauchi State. Mahmoud was represented at the workshop by Caleb Dajan, the‎ NBA first vice president. The NBA representative also inaugurated a 9-member state committee assigned with state level tasks to build partnership and work in collaboration with key stakeholders working in the area of domesticating and implementing the ACJA 2015 in Bauchi. ‎”ACJA is an important legislation that needs ...
Obasanjo’s Letter To Buhari Insulting – Sagay Reacts
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Obasanjo’s Letter To Buhari Insulting – Sagay Reacts

Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) Prof Itse Sagay (SAN) has described former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s letter asking President Muhammadu Buhari not to run for second term as insulting   Reacting to the development, Sagay in a statement urged Obasanjo, who he said sought for third term, to show Buhari some respect.     He said: “I saw Obasanjo’s comments and I could not believe my eyes, that a man who tried to get a third term is discouraging someone else from getting a second term. It doesn’t make sense.   “I think Obasanjo should try and respect other people. He has achieved a lot. He is a great man and I respect him. But he should learn to respect other people and think of them as being, at least, as good a...
Government, Police Express Dismay Over Rising Cases Of Rape In Jigawa
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Government, Police Express Dismay Over Rising Cases Of Rape In Jigawa

The authorities in Jigawa State have expressed dismay over increase in rape cases in the state. Abdu Jinjiri, police spokesperson in the state, said 51 cases were reported to the police in the state in 2017, compared to 38 in 2016. “To our greatest dismay, most of the suspects are old men of 50 to 60 years of age.” Ladi Dansure, the State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, in an exclusive interview with PREMIUM TIMES, confessed that the state government considered the rate of rape in the state as worrisome. “It is difficult for a week or two to pass without the ministry receiving a report of rape. But rape is something that is reported only when the damage had been done. It is something you can’t see, we only see the damage. She recalled a suspect being a...
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How Youths Boo Mike Ozekhome At Gani Fawehinmi Lecture

There was drama at the 14th Annual Chief Gani Fawenhimi Lecture in Ikeja, Lagos, on Monday as some youths booed Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), who was one of the discussants. The youths blocked the path of Ozekhome, who arrived the venue of the lecture at the Airport Hotel, Ikeja at about 1.10pm, insisting that the SAN would not be allowed into the lecture hall. Ozekhome’s arrival was greeted by youths who were calling the SAN unprintable names and abusing him for allegedly defending suspected looters in the law courts. The youths also disrupted the lecture which was already underway. Much earlier in his welcome address and while acknowledging the members of the high table at the event, the Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, which was the organiser of the lecture, Mr. Adesina O...
2018 Budget: Agbakoba Writes Saraki, Says Appropriation Bill Is Unconstitutional
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2018 Budget: Agbakoba Writes Saraki, Says Appropriation Bill Is Unconstitutional

Olisa Agbakoba, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria has described the 2018 Appropriation Bill as unconstitutional. Agbakoba, a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, noted that the Executive failed to comply with the procedures of preparing budgets before the document is laid before the National Assembly. He observed that all arms of government are supposed to present their estimates of revenue and expenditure for each financial year before the House of Assembly, after which it is “appropriated, harmonized as a bill and presented to the President for his assent,” but was not done. In a letter addressed to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki which DAILY POST obtaind on Wednesday, Agbakoba warned that the correct process be complied within seven days. According to the fo...
Nigerian Law Graduate Denied Call To Bar Over Hijab
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Nigerian Law Graduate Denied Call To Bar Over Hijab

A Nigerian law school graduate was denied her call to the bar for refusing to take off her headscarf. Amasa Firdaus Abdulsalam was not permitted by the Body of Benchers to enter the International Conference Centre on December 12 where the call to bar is usually held. The Lagos-based Nigerian Law School said that she was breaking the dress code set by the university, but Abdulsalam, who was already wearing her new gown, insisted on wearing the wig on top of her hijab. The hijab is a headscarf worn by many Muslim women who feel it is part of their religion. According to local reports, Abdulsalam called the refusal of the Nigerian Law School to call her to the bar a violation of her right to freedom of religion as protected by Section 38 of the 1999 Constitution. The call to bar is the o...
President Buhari Sleeping On The Job – Olisa Agbakoba
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President Buhari Sleeping On The Job – Olisa Agbakoba

Olisa Agbakoba, a former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to overhaul his cabinet. Agbakoba, leader of the recently-formed National Intervention Movement (NIM), says the president is “sleeping on the job”. Speaking on Thursday during a briefing on NIM’s agenda, the senior advocate of Nigeria said: “We want government to work for Nigerians. Presently, it does not. President Buhari needs to take his job seriously. He is sleeping on the job. He needs to sack his entire cabinet because they have failed. “Why for instance has nobody been fired for Mainagate? What is government’s plan for unemployment? Seventy per cent of our young people are unemployed. It is alarming! What is the federal government’s plan for power? “Should the p...
AGBAKOBA: Buhari Is Sleeping On The Job
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AGBAKOBA: Buhari Is Sleeping On The Job

A former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of sleeping on his job. Dr Agbakoba said this was apparent as he wondered why nobody has been sacked over the ‘Mainagate’ saga. Agbakoba who stated this apparently in response to issues of corruption that have continued to trail the current administration, also asked President Buhari to sack his entire cabinet. He noted that the government has failed, and wondered what government’s plan was for the unemployment situation in the country. He stated this when he spoke at a press conference in Lagos on Thursday entitled, “National Intervention Movement NIM,” explaining that the movement was not a political party but a network of people committed to make a difference in ...
Buhari Wrong To Refer Restructuring To National Assembly – Agbakoba
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Buhari Wrong To Refer Restructuring To National Assembly – Agbakoba

A former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), has critisised President Muhammadu Buhari for referring the widespread call for the nation’s restructuring to the National Assembly and the National Council of State. According to Agbakoba, Buhari’s approach was wrong because it was not in agreement with Section 5 of the 1999 Constitution, which vests the responsibility to restructure the country in no one else but the President. “The President has delegated the responsibility to restructure Nigeria to the National Assembly and the National Council of State. But this responsibility cannot be delegated. Section 5 of the constitution vests the President with executive powers of the federation and these include the power to restructure Nigeria,” Agbakoba said ...

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