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JUSUN Strike: NBA threatens nationwide protest, gives govs 7-day ultimatum
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JUSUN Strike: NBA threatens nationwide protest, gives govs 7-day ultimatum

By: Uche Ndeke The Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) in Anambra State has issued a seven day ultimatum to all the governors of the federation, particularly Governor Willie Obiano, to commence the implementation of the financial autonomy of the judiciary or risk mass protest. Speaking under the aegis of Committee of Chairmen of Branches of Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) in Awka, the group said if the governors failed to make trustworthy commitment towards the immediate implementation, they would have no other option than to join forces with the Judiciary Workers and mobilize the public in a protest to compel government to fully comply. Their spokesperson and Chairman Nigeria Bar Association, Nnewi, Mr. Kingsley Awuka, expressed regret that the ongoing strike by the Judiciary Staff Unio...
NBA sues Buhari over IGP’s tenure elongation
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NBA sues Buhari over IGP’s tenure elongation

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has filed a lawsuit at the Federal High Court, Lagos, challenging President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to extend the tenure of the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu. President Buhari had earlier this month extended the IGP’s tenure by three months. Adamu, who joined the Nigeria Police Force on February 1, 1986, attained the mandatory 35 years in service on February 1. The NBA President, Olumide Akpata, disclosed this in a statement on Friday. Other respondents in the suit with number FHC/L/CS/214/2021 were the Police Service Commission (PSC), and the IGP. The body is seeking a judicial determination of the constitutionality of the President’s extension of Adamu’s tenure as IGP. The NBA also urged the court to set aside th...
Former NBA chief killed in suspected machete attack in Imo
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Former NBA chief killed in suspected machete attack in Imo

A former Chairperson of Owerri, Imo State branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ndionyenma Nwankwo, has been found dead in his office. The 64-year-old lawyer apparently killed on Saturday was found lying lifeless in a congealed pool of his blood in his office located at 43 School Road Owerri, on Sunday. The secretary of Owerri branch of the NBA, Chinedu Agu, gave details of the preliminary observations from the scene of the incident in a statement on Sunday. He said there were deep machete cuts on the deceased person’s neck and wrist regions. According to him, Mr Nwankwo had left home for work and did not return on Saturday. He said his worried family members, on Sunday, alerted Ishmael Nkwocha with whom the deceased was sharing an office space “over the uncerta...
Two lawyers remanded for ‘rigging NBA 2018 elections’
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Two lawyers remanded for ‘rigging NBA 2018 elections’

A Federal High Court in Lagos Thursday remanded two lawyers, Sarah Ajibola and John Demide, in Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) custody, following their arraignment for allegedly rigging the August 2018 Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) national elections. Justice Chuka Obiozor ordered that they remain with the anti-graft agency for seven days in order to fulfill their bail terms, a failure of which they will be transferred to the custody of Nigerian Correctional Services (NCoS). The anti-graft agency claimed that Ajibola, and Demide manipulated the election in favour of Mr. Paul Usoro SAN, who was elected 29th NBA President in 2018. Mr. Usoro polled 4,509 votes to defeat his other contenders, Okafor Obi, and Ernest Ojukwu, who got 4,423 as well as 3,313 votes in ...
Wike dares NBA to file lawsuit over Oyigbo incident
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Wike dares NBA to file lawsuit over Oyigbo incident

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has raised alarm against the position of Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, about the extra- judicial killing in Oyigbo Local Government Area of the state during the EndS SARS. The Governor of Rivers State, challenged the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to file their petition to the panel of inquiry investigating activities of SARS, over extra- judicial killing in Oyigbo Local Government Area of the state. Governor Wike who drew the line on Friday during his address at the Special Court Session to mark the beginning of 2020-2021 legal year at the State Judiciary complex, Port Harcourt, also faulted the position of the NBA over the extra- judicial killing in Oyigbo Local Government Area. According to Wike, there was nothing like extra-judicial ki...
For arresting looters without arraignment indicates police yet to understand EndSARS protests message NBA
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For arresting looters without arraignment indicates police yet to understand EndSARS protests message NBA

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) President, Olumide Akpata, has on Thursday, kicked against the alleged arrest of suspected looters and curfew defaulters by the Nigerian Police without arraignment in courts as required by law. According to him, such act was a clear indication that the police hierarchy has failed to get the message and/or is paying lip service to the calls for holistic police reforms by the EndSARS protesters. Akpata stated this in a statement on Thursday in response to reports of police refusal to arraign in court suspected looters during EndSARS crisis and those who defaulted curfew imposed by governments in different states of the country. He said: ”I have in the past 24 hours received several calls & complaints from lawyers and Nigerians generally ab...
#EndSARS: NBA rejects Operation Crocodile Smile, hails youths’ peaceful protests
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#EndSARS: NBA rejects Operation Crocodile Smile, hails youths’ peaceful protests

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Anambra State chapter has chided the military over the proposed Operation Crocodile Smile. The body described the exercise as ill-timed and insensitive in view of the ongoing nationwide #EndSARS and civil protests. In a statement on Tuesday jointly signed by the eight branch Chairmen of the association, the lawyers advised the military to shelve the exercise to forstal impending crises. The signatories to the statement were Vitalis Ihedigbo, Ekene Okonkwo, Steve Ononye, Kingsley Awuka, Jim-Abel Oforma, B.E Ewulum, Anthony Okafor and Kainenechukwu Ananwune. They said it was ill-advised for the army to contemplate such exercise, stressing that the nation's current mood called for the tiers of governments to consider the pulse of the people in ...
NBA Crisis: South-West Lawyers Likely To Create Faction
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NBA Crisis: South-West Lawyers Likely To Create Faction

The crisis bedeviling the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), may not be over soon. Besides the North forming its own splinter group, the highest number of lawyers in the current NBA are South Westerners, and may likely split from the national body currently running the affairs of lawyers. It could be recalled that South West Lawyers’ Forum, a.k.a Egbe Amofin, while protesting the outcome of the last leadership elections, said it may likely lead its members elsewhere, if the election that produced new president, Olumide Akpata, is not voided. Egbe Amofin, whom supported the candidacy of Deacon Dele Adesina (SAN), alleged electoral fraud and demanded cancellation of the entire election. Responding to the petition from  Adesina who lost the presidential contest to Akpat...
El-Rufai: Northern Lawyers Kick, Floats Splinter NBA
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El-Rufai: Northern Lawyers Kick, Floats Splinter NBA

Nigerian lawyers from the North, claiming to be bonded, have pledged to form the 'New Nigerian Bar Association, targeted at defending their interests. This was contained in a statement on Friday, by Nuhu Ibrahim, Esq, and Abdulbasit Suleiman, Esq, lamenting that recent events had portrayed the NBA as a body that can't handle the heterogeneous nature of its members. The full statement read: “What has been happening recently has exposed the inability of the NBA to manage and contain the heterogeneity of it’s members as well as their various interests. ”Its penal powers have been deployed discriminatively on the basis of ethnicity and regionalism. “As a body of Lawyers who have undergone training towards ensuring the promotion and protection of Human rights and liberties, the NBA...
Sanusi Visits El-Rufai, Faults NBA’s Withdrawal Of Invitation
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Sanusi Visits El-Rufai, Faults NBA’s Withdrawal Of Invitation

Muhammad Sanusi ll, the dethroned Emir of Kano, on Sunday, kicked against the Nigerian Bar Association’s withdrawal of the invitation granted the Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, as a panelist at its forthcoming Annual General Conference (AGC). The former Emir was in Kaduna on an official visit, the first-ever, since he was deposed by the Kano State Government in March. Sanusi, who was received by El-Rufai at the Government House, admonished the body of lawyers not to allow the controversy to take a religious or ethnic dimension. He insisted that the action of the NBA was appalling for freedom of speech, maintaining that such did not portray those who wanted progress. Sanusi said: “If you have an opinion, people will either agree with you or disagree with you, b...
NBA AGC: MURIC Opposes Replacement Of El-Rufai With Gov. Zulum, Kicks Against Wike
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NBA AGC: MURIC Opposes Replacement Of El-Rufai With Gov. Zulum, Kicks Against Wike

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has said it has uncovered plans by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), to replace Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State with the Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Umaru Zulum. The DAILY VENDOR recalls that MURIC had earlier condemned NBA’s decision to drop El-Rufai from the list of speakers at its 2020 Virtual Annual General Conference (AGC) which is billed to take place from 26th to 29th August, 2020. The group further cautioned the NBA against any attempt to divide Nigerian Muslims, while calling on Northern Muslim lawyers to boycott the conference. MURIC in a statement on Sunday signed by its Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, and issued to DAILY POST, said: “The alleged attempt to replace Governor El-Rufai with Governor Zu...
NBA’s Decision On El-Rufai, A Lesson To Public Officers – Falana
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NBA’s Decision On El-Rufai, A Lesson To Public Officers – Falana

Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has urged all public officers to learn from the decision of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), to drop Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, as one of the panel discussants at its forthcoming Annual General Conference (AGC). Speaking at House of Justice Radio/Television network program with the pioneer Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission, Dr. Tom Adaba, the human rights lawyer noted that El-Rufai might have constitutional immunity as a governor but not immunity to prosecution in the court of public morality. He said: “This is a great lesson to all public officers in Nigeria that people are watching them even if you believe you enjoy immunity with respect to prosecution, people can prosecute you morally. “Other public officials should ...
NBA: Supreme Council For Sharia Reacts To El-Rufai’s Withdrawal
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NBA: Supreme Council For Sharia Reacts To El-Rufai’s Withdrawal

The Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria (SCSN) has exposed their dissatisfaction over the withdrawal of the governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasiru El-Rufai as one of the speakers at the virtual annual conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA). In a statement by its Secretary-General, Nafi’u Baba-Ahmed stated that the “NBA has clearly taken sides in the Southern Kaduna crisis contrary to it’s members training and what it loudly preaches without listening to the narrative from the other side.” , “The decision taken by the NBA to disinvite Malam Nasiru El-Rufai, the Executive Governor of Kaduna State as one of the speakers at its virtual annual conference is to be charitable, regrettable and irresponsible of an institution of which I had hitherto been a proud member for ov...
NBA President, Paul Usoro Apologises To El-Rufai, Writes NGF
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NBA President, Paul Usoro Apologises To El-Rufai, Writes NGF

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), President, Paul Usoro, has apologised to the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, for the withdrawal of the invitation granted him as a discussant in one of the sessions of the forthcoming Annual General Conference (AGC), of the NBA. Paul Usoro (SAN), in a letter dated August 21, 2020, and addressed to the Director-General, Nigerian Governors’ Forum said: “Let me once again, through your good offices, tender my unreserved apologies to His Excellency, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, for the unintended embarrassment that may have been caused him by the decision of the NBA National Executive Committee (NEC), at its meeting that was held on 20th August 2020, to dis-invite him as a Panelist in one of the sessions scheduled for the up...
Shiites Commend NBA For Withdrawing El-Rufai’s Invitation
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Shiites Commend NBA For Withdrawing El-Rufai’s Invitation

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shiites, has commended the National Executive Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), for withdrawing the invitation earlier offered to the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, to address the association’s forthcoming Annual General Conference (AGC). Shiites' commendation was stated in a letter addressed to the NBA, signed by the President of the Movement’s Media Forum, Ibrahim Musa, and made available to DAILY POST on Friday. The DAILY VENDOR recalls that on Thursday, the bar association announced the withdrawal of its invitation to the governor to speak at its annual conference, following a barrage of criticisms, protests and threats of boycott from lawyers and others. Shiites letter to NBA partly reads: ...
SERAP Reacts To NBA Withdrawal Of Gov. El-Rufai’s Invitation To Conference
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SERAP Reacts To NBA Withdrawal Of Gov. El-Rufai’s Invitation To Conference

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), on Thursday, supported the decision of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), to withdraw the invitation given to Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai. The DAILY VENDOR recalls that the NBA had earlier announced the withdrawal of its invitation granted to El-Rufai thru a tweet on its official Twitter handle, following protests by some lawyers. It 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.” Governor El-Rufai was initially listed as a speakers at the upcoming NBA Conference billed to ho...
Hundreds Of Petitions Signed To Bar El-Rufai From Addressing NBA Conference
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Hundreds Of Petitions Signed To Bar El-Rufai From Addressing NBA Conference

Over five hundred petitions have been signed by individuals seeking to stop the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, from speaking at the upcoming Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Annual General Conference, over his alleged support for genocide in his state. The governor was listed as one of the keynote speakers at the conference by the NBA. The petition was initiated by one Usani Odum on change.org. It read: “The senseless killings in southern Kaduna must stop. The political correctness of Governor El-Rufai on national TV is diversionary. It is a reversal to have him speak to lawyers on security when Governor (Babagana) Zulum of Borno State a better person can do so. “We may not be able to do anything to stop the killings, but we can stop the governor from speaking at the NB...
South West Lawyers Fault NBA Election, Call For Cancellation
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South West Lawyers Fault NBA Election, Call For Cancellation

A group of lawyers in the South West, lead by Egbe Amofin, yesterday, called on the Body of Benchers to cancel the recent election of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA. The association in a statement by its Chairman and Secretary, Chief Adeniyi Akintola (SAN) and Oluwole Akintayo, said the election was conducted in breach of the constitution of NBA. They respectively, noted that the electoral server was allegedly loaded with predetermined data. While calling for the constitution of a caretaker committee to conduct fresh elections within six months, the lawyers said: “The 2020 election of national officers was conducted in breach and flagrant violation of the mandatory provisions of the NBA constitution and its electoral guidelines in several material particulars.” The stat...
Lasisi Elenu: HURIWA cautions NBA over attempts to “stifle creativity, muzzle freedom of speech”
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Lasisi Elenu: HURIWA cautions NBA over attempts to “stifle creativity, muzzle freedom of speech”

The civil rights advocacy body in Nigeria:-HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has taken a swipe on the national Leadership of the Nigerian bar association "on its attempt to stifle creativity and muzzle freedom of speech by threatening the popular instagram comedian Lasisi Elenu not to make jest of their esteemed profession in his creative enterprise of entertainment." The Right group in a statement wondered "why a law focused forum like Nigerian Bar Association would attempt to throw her weight around recklessly in a bid to unduly and extralegally stifle and actively  undermine the exercise of the constitutionally guaranteed freedoms by citizen Lasisi Elenu instead of the organised body of lawyers to fight to upturn the growing rate of professional indiscip...
Black Lives Matter: NBA shows support for blacks
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Black Lives Matter: NBA shows support for blacks

By: Abimbola Adelakun Following all the happenings concerning the killing of blacks all around the world especially the most prominent case of George Floyd, the NBA and National Basketball Players Association have decided to show their support by painting "Black Lives Matter" on all courts when the season restarts in July. NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, said the league wanted to use it's return as a way to increase awareness and to implement change in society. The association has discussed methods to promote messages of equality and police reform since the death of George Floyd prompted nationwide and worldwide protests. The NBA will use three arenas at the Disney site as 22 of the league's 30 teams conclude the regular season from July 30.
Members welfare our priority, NBA boss assures
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Members welfare our priority, NBA boss assures

The Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) Onitsha Branch has elected new executives that will pilot the affairs of the association for the next two years according to its constitution. The election produced Bar. Onyechi Ononye as the new chairman of NBA, Bar. Margret Wilcox as vice chairman, Bar. Frank Ibechukwu as Secretary, Bar. Stella Ikeogu as the Social Secretary and Princess Ajama muoneke as the Treasurer of the Association. Speaking to newsmen at the premises of the Onitsha high court, the outgoing NBA chairman, Bar. Ozoemena Erinne said the task of moving the association to greater heights remained the top priority of the newly elected executives. Bar. Erinne listed the renovation of the Bar center to a classic type with building of public toilet for convenience to the general pu...
Sanction Lawyers Involved in Bayelsa Judgment Review Application – Adegboruwa Tells NBA
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Sanction Lawyers Involved in Bayelsa Judgment Review Application – Adegboruwa Tells NBA

Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, , has called on the Nigerian Bar Association to sanction lawyers involved in the application that sought the review of the Supreme Court’s February 13, 2020 verdict on the Bayelsa State governorship election. In its February 13 verdict, the Supreme Court nullified the election of David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress as the governor of Bayelsa State. The decision case about 24 hours to Lyon’s inauguration as the governor of Bayelsa State. As a result of the Supreme Court’s verdict, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, who came second in last November’s Bayelsa State governorship election, Duoye Diri, has since been declared winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission and sworn in as ...
Invasion of Courtroom by DSS an Exhibition of Thuggery – NBA
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Invasion of Courtroom by DSS an Exhibition of Thuggery – NBA

…Urges Nigerians to defend the rule of law. The Nigerian Bar Association has reacted to the invasion of the Federal High Court, Abuja, by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) in an attempt to re-arrest Mr. Omoyele Sowore, who was released less than 12 hours before. The statement in full: 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 primitively, 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 precincts of the Federal High Court, Abuja while attempting to re-arrest Citizens Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare earlier today. Ev...