EX NBA PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, ARTHUR OBI-OKAFOR LOSES MUM

A former Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) presidential candidate, Chief Arthur Obi-Okafor SAN has lost his mother, Iyom Roseline Chika Ijenwa Okafor (DMA).

Iyom Okafor reportedly died on March 24, 2021. A native of Enu Ogbu, Ogbu Abatete in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, Iyom Okafor was until her death a prominent community leader who also held several positions in the church.

A recipient of the “Diocesan Merit Award” of the Anglican Church of the Niger Diocese, Iyom Okafor was a member of the Niger Diocesan Board of the Niger Diocese of the Anglican Church. She also served as the Treasurer of St. Christopher’s Church, Onitsha and President of Abatete Anglican Church Women (home and abroad) among other positions.

She will be buried on May 21, 2021 at Abatete, Anambra State. She is survived by children, grand-children, sister, cousins, brother-in-law, sister-in-laws and other relations among whom is her eldest Son, Chief Arthur Obi-Okafor (SAN, FCIArb).

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UNILAG ELECTS ATSENUWA, FOREMOST LEGAL SCHOLAR, AS NEW DVC

Professor Ayodele Atsenuwa of the Department of Public Law is the newly elected Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development Services) of the University of Lagos.

At the Statutory Meeting of Senate held on Monday, March 29, 2021, she polled a resounding 81 votes (63.28%) via an electronic voting process to clinch the coveted seat.

According to a statement by the leading citadel of learning, Professor Atsenuwa is a Professor of Public Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos. Her teaching and research interests are wide and traverse Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, Human Rights Law, Gender and the Law, Law and Religion as well as Health and Migration Law.

Within the legal academia, she is widely respected for her initiatives aimed at bridging the gap between legal academics and legal practice, and is acknowledged for her efforts at evolving more development-oriented law degree programmes in terms of content and teaching methodologies.

Outside the university system, Professor Atsenuwa has done much to contribute to closing the gap between legal theory and practice and to the advancement of sustainable development in Africa through her leadership engagements. A member of the Institute of Directors (IOD), she has served on the boards of several institutions and organizations, including the Legal Research and Resource Development Centre, CLEEN Foundation, Orderly Society Trust, Partnership for Justice, Girls’ Power Initiative, Open Society Initiative for West Africa, National Agency for the Control of AIDS, Council of Legal Education of Nigeria, Lagos State Office of the Public Defender, Lagos State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, National Advisory Committee on APRM-NEPAD and the NBA Task Force on the North-East.

She has consulted for various international development organisations including the United Nations, European Union , UK-DFID/British Council, United States Agency for International Development, Ford Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation, among others.

Professor Ayodele Atsenuwa is the immediate past Dean of the Faculty of Law and comes into her new office with substantial administrative and community service experience.

Her appointment took effect from Monday, March 29, 2021.

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NBA MAY DRAG CCT CHAIR TO DISCIPLINARY C’TE OVER ALLEGED ASSAULT

  • VOWS TO INVESTIGATE THE MATTER

  • CCT CHAIR MAY BE DISBARRED

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) may drag the embattled Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Mr. Umar Yakubu Danladi to the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee (LPDC) of the Body of Benchers for professional misconduct.

An indication to this is contained in a press statement by the NBA over the alleged assault by the CCT Chairman on a security guard which was caught on a video that has since gone viral.

Giving an indication that the lawyers’ body may have made up its mind on the controversy, the association said it “frowns at any display of naked power by a public officer especially one who, by virtue of his high office, is expected to exhibit a high standard of conduct,” adding that “The situation is all the more critical when it involves the head of an agency of government set up to ensure compliance, by public officers, with the code of conduct.”

Noting that Danladi “is expected, by the extant rules that regulate the conduct of legal practitioners in Nigeria, to maintain a high standard of professional conduct, and not to engage in any conduct which is unbecoming of a member of the legal profession,” NBA stated that “Prima facie evidence available at the moment raise questions regarding whether such standards have been met.”

Signed by the NBA Publicity Secretary, Dr. Rapulu Nduka, the statement concluded that “In view of the foregoing, the NBA shall through its relevant Committee, investigate the circumstances leading to the altercation, and depending on its findings, will ensure that appropriate action is taken to address this occurrence.”

The 15-member NBA Disciplinary Committee is chaired by Mr. Yunus Ustaz Usman SAN and co-chaired by Funke Aboyade, SAN.

It is recalled that the CCT Chairman was caught on video camera together with his security detail allegedly assaulting a 22-year-old employee of Jul Reliable Guards Services Limited posted as a security guard to the Banex Plaza in Wuse, Abuja. The victim has reportedly been hospitalized and was quoted by an online newspaper as expressing worry over his safety.

A press statement by CCT’s Head of Press and Public Relations, Ibraheem Al-Hassan admitted that there were exchanges between the CCT Chairman and the security guard, adding that “An incident like this when it happened (sic), sympathy usually goes to the low personalities. Though is (sic) unfortunate as I said, it ought not to have happened.”

Also speaking on the matter, longstanding LPDC Prosecutor, Mr. Jibrin Okutepa SAN said: “From the press statement of the CCT which cannot be issued without the approval of the chairman and which press statement has not been denied by CCT HQ, it is my respectful view that the Chairman’s conduct in the circumstances in engaging in public altercations with security man was undignified of the office of Chairman of CCT. That conduct ought not to be celebrated by any right-thinking members of the society.

“As lawyer and chairman of CCT no reasonable person should celebrate the conduct of the chairman as corroborated by the press statement. The government must not allow this matter to be swept under the carpets. It is not one of those issues that should be treated with levity.

“The HAGF and FGN must not condone this conduct. It must take action.The Chairman cannot be allowed to be sitting over conduct of other public officers when his conduct is in public court.”

If NBA files a petition at the LPDC and Danladi is found guilty, he may have his name struck off the roll of legal practitioners. It is recalled that the CCT Chairman headed the tribunal’s panel which gave an unprecedented order removing former Chief Justice of Nigeria, retired Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen from office.

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