A N5 million relief package funded by Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) presidential aspirant, Mr. Olumide Akpata and “his friends” and administered by the NBA Lagos Branch has raised a firestorm within the Bar, pitching many lawyers against their colleagues.

The fiery debate on the propriety of the palliatives was set off by a notice by NBA Lagos Branch Chairman, Mr. Yemi Akangbe when he urged “members of the Branch that genuinely need this support” to email him and other named branch Executive Committee members.

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Leading jurists are set to storm City Hall, Lagos from June 20, 2019 as the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Lagos Branch holds its hugely popular Annual Law Week. The week-long event is scheduled to kick-off on Saturday, June 15, 2019 with a health work sponsored by telecom giant, MTN Nigeria Plc. The theme of this year’s Law Week is “Law and Development in an Emerging Economy.”

Aside from firebrand economist, Mr. Bismarck Rewane who will tackle the sub-theme, “The Nigerian economy: 2019 outlook and opportunities for lawyers,” eminent jurists that have confirmed attendance as part of the stellar faculty are Justice Habeeb Abiru of the Court of Appeal; NBA President, Mr. Paul Usoro SAN; former Lagos State Attorney-General & Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Supo Shasore SAN; Mr. Gbenga Oyebode MFR, Mr. Asue Ighodalo as well as leading environmental law expert and Lagos State University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Lanre Fagbohun SAN.

Other confirmed faculty members are Delta State Chief Judge, Justice Marshal Umukoro; Mr. Tunde Fagbohunlu SAN; former Lagos State Solicitor-General, Mr. Fola Arthur-Worrey, renowned activist and law teacher, Dr. Sam Amadi; Mr. Peter Derey; reputed international lawyer, Mr. Charles Adeogun-Phillip and Ms. Yimika Adesola of “Legally Engaged.”

Expected at the popular Young Lawyers’ Forum are billionaire blogger, Ms. Linda Ikeji; popular TV host and lawyer, Mr. Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Prince Joel and Deji Olomojobi among others.

At a press conference to herald the Law Week, NBA Lagos Branch Chairman, Mr. Chukwuka Ikwuazom noted that the law week would be the last for his regime which has been adjudged by many lawyers as highly innovative and successful, adding that no effort would be spared to ensure that it leaves a lasting impression on the minds of participants.

On his part, Chairman of the 2019 Law Week Planning Committee, Mr. Tola Oshobi SAN assured prospective participants that the technical sessions in particular have been fashioned to add immense value to every lawyer’s practice. According to Oshobi, who is leading the committee for the second consecutive time, among the topics lined up for the sessions holding on June 20 and 21 at City Hall, Lagos are “Emerging trends in technology and innovation;” “Smart response of the legal profession to technological advancements;” “The 21st century workplace in context: law firm focus;” “Administration of justice and the courts: A dialogue between the Bench and the Bar;” “Rain making and management of client expectations;” “The young lawyers’ forum: Entertainment, sports and media,” and “Sustainable development and the environment.”

Other activities earmarked for the week are health check, visit to prisons and Pacelli School for the Blind, Elders’ Night to be hosted by leading commercial lawyer, Mr. George Etomi and a closing party on June 21.

Alternate Chairman for the Law Week Planning Committee, Mr. Andrew Malgwi noted that registration for the week has since commenced and can be done online at www.nbalagos.org or at the Branch Secretariat among other channels. Non-lawyers can also register to benefit from the intellectual feast, he noted.

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NBA Lagos Holds AGM Today

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Lagos Branch will today hold its first Annual General Meeting (AGM) under the chairmanship of Mr. Chukwuka Ikwuazom. The meeting is coming against the backdrop of the demise of Pa Tunji Gomez, a consummate Bar-man who was a constant feature at virtually all the branch’s meetings even in the twilight of his life. Continue Reading