SOWORE: ‘DO NOT INTIMIDATE JUDGES,’ UBANI WARNS DSS

The immediate past Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) 2nd Vice President, Mr. Monday Onyekachi Ubani has blasted the Department of State Security (DSS) for its refusal to release Mr. Omoyele Sowore, the Convener of #RevolutionNow.

He also lampooned the security agency for its alleged plan to drag Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court to the National Judicial Council over his decision to grant bail to Sowore. Justice Taiwo had refused to extend the 45 days detention order against the Sahara Reporters publisher and former students’ union leader.

Mr. Ubani said that he “is clearly at a loss as  how and when court’s decision has become a ground for petitioning NJC,” adding: “What is the allegation against Justice Taiwo Taiwo in the first place? Is it that he has no jurisdiction to release Mr. Sowore after the expiration of the detention order or that the court has lost all the powers under the law to make orders that do not favour DSS in Nigeria anymore? I cannot understand the meaning and substance of the alleged threat to petition him to NJC.”

Mr. Ubani warned that should DSS insist on the petition, “they must also not forget to report to NJC that it was the same Justice Taiwo Taiwo that granted them the detention of Mr. Sowore for 45 days in their detention centre. That information is very important to be disclosed to NJC.”

According to the human rights activist, “It is high time lawyers stood up against this calamitous destruction of the legal system by the security agencies in Nigeria. We lawyers cannot keep quiet anymore because they are trying to destroy the only area where we are operating, which is the court.

“Judiciary is the only place where we operate, so if they succeed in destroying it no one will have regard and respect for us and for the country. If lawyers allow the Judiciary to be emasculated by the executive we are finished, Nigeria is gone, the legal profession is finished.”

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LEDAP CRASHES NBA-CLE FEE FOR YOUNG LAWYERS

Leading Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) accredited service provider, Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) is offering young lawyers a highly subsidized fee to enable them benefit from its two-day “Law Practice Management” course holding this Friday and Saturday at Lekki, Lagos.

LEDAP is accredited by the NBA Institute of Continuing Legal Education (NBA-ICLE) to offer courses on mandatory continuing legal education (MCLE) for lawyers.

According to LEDAP, the “Law Practice Management” programme will hold on September 6 and 7, 2019 at ICLE/MCLE Training Centre, 11b Christ Avenue, off Admiralty Road, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos. With a stellar cast of faculty led by the cerebral former NBA Lagos Branch Chairman, Mr. Alex Muoka, the course will provide unique insights to participants on how to build a successful legal practice. Other faculty members are Messrs Gabriel Ibiwoye and Chidi Kechi Oduji, both senior lawyers. The facilitators will also guide participants on the nuances in sourcing and retaining clients especially in a challenged economy.

While the official course fee is N35, 000 LEDAP is offering young lawyers between one year and seven years post-call a massive 40 per cent discount to enable them benefit from the programme as well as build their capacity in client sourcing and law office management. Young lawyers are therefore expected to pay only N21,000 (Twenty-one thousand naira) to attend the two-day programme.

Aside from full NBA-CLE credits which will be awarded to all participants in meeting their mandatory NBA CLE requirements, certificates will also be issued to all participants. To cap the list of benefits, tea and lunch breaks will also be provided by the organisers.

To participate, please call Chika Okereke on 09060007472 or email info@nba-mcle-ledapnigeria.org.

Founded in 1997 and led by foremost pro bono activist, Mr. Chino Obiagwu SAN, LEDAP is a non-governmental organization engaged in the promotion and protection of human rights, the rule of law and good governance in Nigeria. It has observer status with the Africa Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

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