USORO, OBI-OKAFOR MOURN OLOWOKURE

Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) President, Mr. Paul Usoro (SAN) and former NBA presidential candidate, Chief Arthur Obi-Okafor are among the Bar leaders who are mourning the sudden demise of veteran Bar activist and former Chairman of NBA Kaduna Branch, Mr. Olumuyiwa Olowokure.

Popularly known in Bar circles as “OO” in line with his initials, Olowokure was considered by many as a consummate Bar-man and a much-sought-after strategist especially in relation to Bar politics.

During the last NBA Elections, he pitched his tent with Obi-Okafor and was one of his ‘Returning Officers’ during the poll. In particular, he was known for his cerebral disposition and integrity, as his support for any particular candidate never wavered.

In a statement signed by NBA Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kunle Edun, Usoro described Olowokure as “an active bar man who featured prominently in the activities of the Nigerian Bar Association as a former Chairman of NBA Kaduna branch and member of the National Executive Committee of the NBA for several years.”

On his part, Obi-Okafor described Olowokure as “an astute Bar man, a personal friend and confidant.” In his tribute titled “O. O. Olowokure’s Demise: A Good Man Bids Goodbye,” Obi-Okafor said that Olowokure “will be remembered as a detribalized and consummate Bar man with the midas touch.”

Below are the statements by the Bar leaders:

NBA MOURNS THE DEMISE OF QUINTESSENTIAL BAR MAN, OLUMUYIWA OLOWOKURE

Moments ago the sad news of the sudden demise of Olumuyiwa Olowokure Esq reached the President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Paul Usoro, SAN and the National Officers. It was shocking and saddening.

Mr. Olowokure was an active bar man who featured prominently in the activities of the Nigerian Bar Association as a former Chairman of NBA Kaduna branch and member of the National Executive Committee of the NBA for several years. He was also the Kaduna State Co-Ordinator of Swift Count. Olumuyiwa Olowokure served the bar in many other capacities and made positive contributions to the development of the bar throughout his more than 3 decades of practice. He contested for the office of the General Secretary of the NBA in 2012.

On behalf of the National Officers, the NBA President condoles with members of the Nigerian Bar Association, particularly the leadership and members of NBA Kaduna branch and the family of our dearly loved colleague, over this very sad loss.

The NBA President prays that the almighty God will grant the family the fortitude and grace to bear this loss and grant our dear colleague a peaceful rest in the bossom of the Lord.

Kunle Edun
National Publicity Secretary, NBA

O.O. Olowokure’s Demise: A Good Man Bids Goodbye.

It is with a heavy heart and sense of great loss that I join family, friends and associates in mourning the untimely demise of a one time Chairman of the Kaduna branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olumuyiwa O. Olowokure Esq, who passed on to eternal glory yesterday afternoon after a brief illness.

O.O. as he was fondly called was an astute Bar man, a personal friend and confidant. As the head of my Technical Team during the 2018 NBA elections, I found in him a loyal, dedicated, dependable and committed ally who committed his time, energy and resources into my project to lead our noble association.

O.O. will be remembered as a detribalized and consummate Bar man with the midas touch who during his tenure as Chairman of Kaduna branch of the NBA hosted one of the most successful conferences in the history of the association. He believed in excellence and brought same to bear in all he did.

His sudden exit leaves a great vacuum that will be difficult to be filled. O.O. was a good man and my sincere prayers is that the Almighty grant his family, friends colleagues and members of the Kaduna branch of NBA, the grace to pass through this dark hour and may the soul of the deceased find eternal rest in the bosom of the Almighty.
Adieu O.O. Olowokure Esq till we meet to part no more.

Arthur Obi Okafor (SAN).

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ANAMBRA LAWYERS BLAST WIKE FOR ASOKORO PROPERTY DEMOLITION

Anambra State Indigenous Lawyers Forum (ASILF) has called on the federal government to quickly look into the matter of property demolition in Abuja, noting that the way and manner some properties are destroyed is worrisome and has adverse effects on the economy.

The group at a press conference held in Lagos bemoaned the approach used by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr. Nyesom Wike in some property demolition in the FCT.

Having deliberated over what they called violation of the judicial process, ASILF stated that some properties which were acquired legitimately by some individuals are being demolished, citing the case of Chief Nicholas Ukachukwu, a businessman and property developer in Abuja whose properties worth millions of dollars were destroyed.

* A cross section of ASILF Executive Committee members after the Press Conference 

ASILF President, Mr. Joe Nwokedi, in a statement to the media, noted that the demolition of Ukachukwu’s property by Wike was against a pending court order, adding that the judicial process should have prevailed in that circumstance.

His words: “We call this press conference primarily to bring to public knowledge the illegality, intimidation and humiliation on some individuals going on in the country.

“When we began to see things like this happen, we presume that it is all that which is associated with the tensions generated by the last general election. Unfortunately, we also saw it transcend, culminating in the Honourable Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike carrying out a demolition exercise on a lawfully acquired property of one Nicholas Ukachukwu in Abuja.

“To the best of our knowledge, there was a court order to stay execution. And the FCT Minister, being privy of that, stated that it was purchased. We believe that it is uncalled for, and could be termed as a gross violation of section 42 of chapter 4 of the Nigeria constitution as amended; which says that nobody should be discriminated upon by the virtue of his place of birth, religion, colour and tribe.”

Nwokedi stated that it was included in the constitution with the knowledge that Nigeria is an amalgamation of many entities, and therefore, people should be freely allowed to exercise their rights in the acquisition of property, religion, right of movement and other things within the territory that made up Nigeria.

He also stated that if there was an order of the court, all the Minister needed to do is to verify, adding that there are rules and processes to it.

“We want the federal government to intervene on the matter and as well, call the Honourable Minister to order,” said Nwokedi. “We believe that the best thing to do is to follow due process, go to court and get a valid order of demolition. If there is a contention, an arbiter should not be the decider of a matter. This is why we have that arm of government for proper resolution.

“We, the Anambra Indigenous Lawyers Forum urge him to rescind his actions and to correct the wrongs under which we will deem it necessary to join issues and go to court to challenge such anomalies.”

Also speaking, ASILF executive members consisting of Messrs Chuks Nnalugha and Anene Nwadukwe as well as Nkechi Iloegbunam and Malize Iwudoh unanimously lent their voices to what they call a ‘gross violation of the rule of law and court orders’ in the demolition of legally acquired properties under FCT and elsewhere in the country.

The group decried the alleged impunity, stating that private individuals who are helping to develop the country’s infrastructure should not be hounded like common criminals.

MAIKYAU SETS UP NBA ELECTION APPEAL PANEL

NEWS RELEASE

NOTICE OF CONSTITUTION OF NATIONAL OFFICERS’ ELECTION APPEAL COMMITTEE

Distinguished Colleagues,

The President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Yakubu Chonoko Maikyau, OON, SAN has constituted the National Officers’ Election Appeal Committee, subject to ratification of the National Executive Council (NEC). The committee shall receive and resolve electoral complaints and disputes arising from the election of National Officers and the election of representatives of the NBA in the General Council of the Bar.

The chairman of the committee is Mr. Usman Ogwu Sule, SAN. Other members are Mrs. Folashade Alli, SAN (Alternate Chairman), Dr. Agada John Elachi, SAN, Adizua Okoroafor, Esq, Matthew Osume, Esq, Amina Senchi (Mrs), and Stella Omoikhefe Owu (Secretary).

The NBA President thanks the members of the committee for their willingness to serve.

Attached is the Notice of the constitution of the committee for your reference.

Thank you.

Akorede Habeeb Lawal
National Publicity Secretary

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GABRIEL ADIKWU ANNUAL LECTURE HOLDS APRIL 27

The 2024 Gabriel Adikwu & Co. Annual Lecture will hold on Saturday, April 27, 2024 at the prestigious American University of Nigeria, Yola, Adamawa State.

Reputed as the largest single gathering of lawyers in North East Nigeria, the theme of this year’s lecture is “The nobility of the Legal Profession: The task before the Nigerian Bar Association.”

The Keynote Speaker is the Chairman of the Board of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Institute of Continuing Legal Education (NBA-ICLE), Mr. Tobenna Erojikwe while the Guest Speaker is Mr. Jibrin Okutepa SAN.

The Special Guest of Honour is NBA President, Mr. Yakubu Maikyau SAN while Supreme Court jurist, Justice C. N. Uwa is also expected to grace the event among others.

An invitation note by the Convener, Mr. Gabriel Adikwu, reads: “It is my singular privilege and honour to invite all Lawyers and Friends of the Legal Profession to the 2024 Gabriel Adikwu & Co. Annual Lecture, the largest single gathering of lawyers in North East Nigeria, as we honour one of the finest Jurists of our time. Follow the link below to register. BE MY GUEST.

“The date is 27/04/2024 @ American University of Nigeria, Yola, Adamawa State.
https://bit.ly/GABRIELADIKWUANNUALLECTURE2024.”

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MENTAL HEALTH: NBA GWAGWALADA, NATIONAL HOSPITAL HOST WEBINAR THURSDAY

NEWS RELEASE

NBA GWAGWALADA BRANCH PARTNERS NATIONAL HOSPITAL ABUJA TO PRESENT A MUST ATTEND WEBINAR ON MENTAL HEALTH.

In an unprecedented collaborative initiative to address the critical issue of mental health in the legal profession and in the society in generally, the Nigerian Bar Association, Gwagwalada Branch (Eagle Bar) in strategic partnership with the National Hospital, Abuja is proud to announce a transformative and compelling webinar titled “Developments in Mental Health Issues and Law in Nigeria”, with a special focus on Mental Health and Wellbeing of Legal Professionals in Nigeria.

Mental health is fundamental to individual, professional, organizational, and national well-being. The increasing number of reported and unreported mental health cases, even among legal professionals, has become a worrisome concern. The exacerbated challenges in recent times is majorly due to the psycho-social problems brought on by economic meltdown, political crises, unemployment, insecurity, and social unrest.

The predicament of people suffering mental health related issues is largely compounded owing to denials, mysteries, stigmatization, discrimination, and lack or improper appreciation of relevant law. Until January 2023 when former President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Mental Health Bill into law, apart from the dynamic effort of Lagos State Government, Nigeria only had an obsolete law which dated to 1920 and reviewed in 1964.

The legal profession in Nigeria, much like in the larger society, is characterized by high levels of stress and pressure. The pressures associated with the demands of the legal profession can lead to a range of mental health issues, from anxiety, to burnout, and to more severe conditions. Recent revelations have shed light on the urgent need to address this issue head-on to ensure collective wellbeing, safety, and the sanctity.

This Webinar themed, ‘ Developments in Mental Health Issues and Law in Nigeria’ comes up online this Thursday 18th April, 2024 by 2:00pm via Zoom platform. It’s a free webinar, but immediate registration is strongly advised in order to reserve your participation, please click – https://www.bit.ly/EAGLEBAR.

The webinar will feature a distinguished panel of speakers who will share their insights and experiences. Speakers are Dr. Olusegun Shoyombo; Mr. Kehinde Ogunwumiju, SAN, OFR; Dr. Tunde Ojo; Mr. Ededem Ani (AG Cross River; and Dr. Mojisola Akerele. The President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Yakubu C. Maikyau SAN, OON, and the President of the Association of Psychiatrists in Nigeria, Prof. Taiwo Obindo, are the Special Guests. The Moderator is the firebrand Abuja-based human rights lawyer, Mr. Pelumi Olajengbesi. The Hosts are Prof. Mahmud Raji, CMD, National Hospital Abuja, and Emmanuel Tayo Ogunjide, Chairman NBA Gwagwalada Branch. See attached fliers for details.

This is a must-attend Webinar for Judicial Officers, Legal Practitioners, Law Students, stakeholders within the legal profession, and those in the larger society who wishes to gain a deeper understanding of mental health and how to navigate it in a high-pressured environment. Topics include: Mental Health & Society: Myths, Manifestations & Management; The Mental Health Act 2023: Overview, Prospects, Challenges, & Opportunities for Legal Practitioners; Analyzing Mental Health & Wellbeing in the Society; Prioritizing Mental Health and Well-Being in the Workplace; Law and Wellness: Navigating Mental Health & Wellbeing in the Legal Industry.

The National Hospital, a frontline healthcare provider and a flagship medical institution in Nigeria, is endowed with sophistication in human and material resources and dedicated to quality services towards the wellbeing and wellness of Nigerians. The NBA Gwagwalada Branch, on the other hand, is a vibrant high-flying Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, covering 4 Area Councils of the FCT, and highly committed to the promotion of the objectives of the Nigerian Bar Association towards better society. This webinar aims to break the silence on mental health and provide valuable insights into this often-overlooked issue, therefore, underscoring the commitment of both the National Hospital and the NBA Gwagwalada to the mental wellbeing of Nigerians.

Please join us for this pivotal event as we take the bold and best step towards a healthier, safer, and better life. To secure your spot in a very limited space, please register now by clicking – https://www.bit.ly/EAGLEBAR. For more information or inquiry, please call or send SMS to Mr. Hassan Luqman – +2347066573618 or Dr. Olusegun Shoyombo – +2348028155900.

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VACANCY: LAGOS LAW FIRM URGENTLY NEEDS LITIGATION LAWYER

THE FIRM
The Law Office is a full-service law firm situated at Yaba, Lagos.

THE POSITION
Managing Counsel

QUALIFICATIONS
10 years post-call

SKILLS
The candidate must possess excellent litigation skill, but will also be required to do solicitor’s work

SALARY
N300,000 monthly

HOW TO APPLY
Interested candidates should email info@ambersolicitors.com

Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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NBA VP BATTLES MAIKYAU OVER NEC MEETING VENUE, FUNDING

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Second Vice President, Mr. Clement Ugo Chukwuemeka has disagreed sharply with NBA President, Mr. Yakubu Maikyau SAN on the choice of venue for NBA National Executive Council (NEC) meetings.

In a post on his verified Facebook handle, Chukwuemeka decried what he termed as “Northernization” of NEC meetings, adding that hosting the meetings in states that lack airports lead to increased risks and cost for NEC members.

According to Chukwuemeka, “I am not against any branch of the northern extraction witnessing and or hosting the NEC meetings but we must take note and appreciate the financial implication and risk attached to branch reps to NEC when they travel to some states that do not have direct flights from their base.”

The fiery Bar Leader stated that he is “of the firm view that NEC meetings should be spread across regions or held in Abuja if there is no fund or held virtual in worst case scenarios,” adding that “North can not continue to host NEC meetings to the exclusion of other regions. I understand the powers of the president and GS in fixing meetings of such nature hence they can fix meetings at the River Niger and no one will question them, but I am pleading that meetings for the remaining days in the office should be spread to other regions other than North including this present alleged YOLA emergency meeting. Where we do not have sponsors, 100% virtual should be encouraged to save funds for the association as our president has always advocated.”

He alleged that NEC hosting is being used to ‘appease’ states, adding that the NBA leadership “put money first” in its choice of NEC venue.

CITY LAWYER gathered from an unimpeachable source that the NBA Second Vice President had raised the matter within the NBA Executive Committee, though there are strong indications that his veiled protest did not yield fruit.

Aside from Abuja which is the headquarters of the association, past NEC meetings seem to have held exclusively within the Northern Zone, including meetings at Kebbi, Jos and the forthcoming meeting in Yola.

Below is the full text of his post.

The emergency NEC meeting is contained in our NBA constitution as amended, but must we have same physical?

Does the agenda for the Presentation of Report/Budget By the AGCPC and ECNBA report qualifies (sic)  as emergency in this context?

Can we handle the two agendas via virtual to save money and precious time?

I am not against any branch of the northern extraction witnessing and or hosting the NEC meetings but we must take note and appreciate the financial implication and risk attached to branch reps to NEC when they travel to some states that do not have direct flights from their base.

It is very important to remind us that we operate a regional style of NBA, where the constitution recognizes The North, The East and the West. But in the secular national terrain , we have North and South.

I have equally realized that the president in trying to appoint members of the profession in various committees despite ignoring the exco inputs in most cases has consistently followed the regional spread in doing so. That I must applaud.

I am of the firm view that NEC meetings should be spread across regions or held in Abuja if there is no fund or held virtual in worst case scenarios .

This will encourage participation and attendance.

North can not continue to host NEC meetings to the exclusion of other regions , I understand the powers of the president and GS in fixing meetings of such nature hence they can fix meetings at the River Niger and no one will question them, but I am pleading that meetings for the remaining days in the office should be spread to other regions other than North including this present alleged YOLA emergency meeting, where we do not have sponsors , 100% virtual should be encouraged to save funds for the association as our president has always advocated.

Attendance and quality of discussion especially the state of the nation remains the major credit of successful NEC meetings and can only be encouraged by hosting same in assessable and flight friendly states where one can have easy and choice of flight daily.

Our far North, west and eastern NEC members that may not have direct flights may likely travel 2 days to YOLA , those that must use flight may likely spend so much to attend the NEC and such inconveniences will discourage and affect the output of NEC robust discussions . Count me out when ever NEC hosting rights will be for highest bidders.

Must state governors sponsor our programs? Why are we disgracing this lovely BAR? why are we accepting funding from the problem of this country?

Please GS and Mr President, both of you that have mandate of convoking a meeting by the constitution of NBA, should be interested in the welfare, life, health and attendance of our NBA NEC Members first before appeasing state apparatus of choice for a selfish cleansing gains. NBA as a body is a proud organization which its brand architecture can never be assuaged financially. We must take note of this. Because it pains me that we put money first in every of our discussion in choice of venue for our meetings. This need to stop. I am proud of NBA and I love her.

The horrific life threatening journey of our members to and fro YOLA from all 128 plus two branches should make us rethink and retrace our steps no matter the benefits of same . We have witnessed how a whole NEC meetings can no more attract any past President , elders , and core bar men in attendance , this is because our administration have turned NEC Meetings into a slaughter ground against any perceived enemy of the bar rather than its purpose . History of the Bar will never forgive this tenure which I am part of.

The branch chairmen and secretaries of NBA across Nigeria lives MATTERS! and I shall join many that may wish to opt out of the NEC because of the distance and risk associated to such journey as well as other reasons if other exco decides to withdraw their voices and support this exclusion of other regions from hosting NEC Meetings .

Clement Ugo Chukwuemeka Democrat detest anything that will affect the Bar Unity as well as progress, and I am totally against the monetization and Northernization of the NEC meetings, my northern friends will agree with me that , it is fair and equitable to move round for them to socialize with other regions as recognized by the NBA constitution as amended. But if every one will support same , who am I ? But let it be on record that leadership should spread the love to encourage brotherhood and love amongst the Bar. I am not against the north, but north should join the East and West in advocating for shift in this administration which has witnessed only Northern meetings since inception .

Clems
#Democrat2030

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NBA ELECTIONS: WILL ISAH ALIYU ENDORSE ANOTHER GENSEC ASPIRANT?

  • ‘MY NEXT MOVE’ – BY ALIYU

Influential former Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Gwagwalada Branch, Mr. Isah Abubakar Aliyu has set tongues wagging as to his next political move following his sensational withdrawal from the race for NBA General Secretary.

Abubakar had in a statement made available to CITY LAWYER informed the legal community of his withdrawal from the impending race, saying: “I seize this auspicious time to officially inform you about my withdrawal from the race for the position of the General Secretary of the NBA due to the fact that I will be few months short of the required 15 years post-call qualification requirement for the position at the close of nomination.”

Aliyu argued that “in computing post-call, the first year of call should be included. This is clearly supported by a Federal High Court decision. I was called on the 3rd of November, 2009. I have paid my practicing fees for 15 years twice. I paid Twenty-five Thousand Naira (25,000.00) in the year 2023 and 2024.”

He however admitted that his bid ran foul of the NBA Constitution, saying it was a “grave oversight on our part.” His words: “But, the amended 2021 Constitution of the NBA clearly provides that I will only become Fifteen years post-call at the anniversary of my call for the purposes of election. That was a grave oversight on our part and it is only honorable that we withdraw from this race having realized this.”

His withdrawal has thrown up all manner of permutations for the fierce race for the influential post of NBA General Secretary.

It is recalled that CITY LAWYER had in its Special Report identified Aliyu among the five aspirants gunning for the position. Aside from Aliyu, the four other aspirants who had expressed interest in the position as at late last year were Dr. Mobolaji Ojibara of Ilorin Branch; fiery incumbent NBA Treasurer, Caroline Ladidi Anze-Bishop of Bukuru Branch; former NBA Bwari Chairman, Mr. Abubakar Tsav, and Mr. Idris Doko of NBA Lagos Branch.

Speculations are rife that following his withdrawal, Aliyu may throw his weight behind one of the other aspirants. Some political watchers claim that some aspirants have been hobnobbing with Aliyu in order to be in his good books.

Giving vent to this thinking, a trending post, which came on the heels of Aliyu’s withdrawal from the race, however warned other aspirants not to misrepresent the former NBA Gwagwalada chairman, saying: “Truth is, our friend Aliyu, has not pledged support to any of the Prospective GS Candidates.”

Issued by an amorphous group called “CONCERNED FRIENDS OF Isah A. Aliyu,” they however assured that “In due time, he will speak and direct us, his loyal supporters, where to go!”

The full text of the post reads:

Isah Abubakar Aliyu is now, the golden bride!
Everyone is posting pictures they took with him on social media, with one aim in mind.
USE YOUR TONGUE TO COUNT YOUR TEETH.

We kindly call on Aliyu, to come out and…

Truth is, our friend Aliyu, has not pledged support to any of the Prospective GS Candidates.

In due time, he will speak and direct us, his loyal supporters, where to go!

Let pictures with innuendos and double padded adjectives deceive you not!

*CONCERNED FRIENDS OF Isah A. Aliyu.*

However, at least one of the leading aspirants for the General Secretary position (name withheld) did not let the post go unnoticed, saying: “@⁨(name withheld), I hope you are not carrying another person’s matter on your head while dragging your own behind….. Because I now begin to wonder when you have suddenly become a member of ‘Concerned Friends of Isah A. Aliyu.”

Speaking to CITY LAWYER, Aliyu however said he was not contemplating endorsing any of the aspirants for the post of General Secretary, saying: “Will it make any sense for me to endorse any aspirant? I don’t think so.” According to him, that role should be reserved for regional associations to which the posts have been zoned.

Continuing, he however said that he would “support” any aspirant whose manifesto appeals to him.

The Electoral Committee of the NBA (ECNBA) will on Monday unveil the aspirants who have filed nominations for the forthcoming elections.

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VACANCY: ACCOUNT OFFICER URGENTLY NEEDED IN LEKKI, LAGOS

NBA MAKURDI ELECTION: FRIENDS PICK NOMINATION FORM FOR KELVIN IORZENDA

  • Appoint Mrs. Marilyn Okechukwu as Campaign DG

Following the release of Election Time Table for conduct of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Makurdi Branch General elections, friends of Mr. Kelvin Iorzenda of Elohim Chambers have picked the Nomination Form for him to contest the forthcoming Branch General Elections for the post of Branch Secretary.

Led by Chief John Tyoapine, the current Vice Chairman of the Branch and Mr. J. T. Damsa among several other reputable lawyers, the friends obtained the form at the office of Mr. Oche Obande of Ocha P. Ulegede & Co at exactly 1:30 pm on 9th April, 2024.

Immediately after the purchase of the form, Mrs. Marilyn Okechukwu was appointed as the Campaign Director General (DG) while Mr. James Ewureje is the Deputy Director General (DDG).

Speaking during a sit-out that followed purchase of the form, Mrs. Okechukwu and Mr. Ewureje extolled the virtues of the aspirant, noting that he has served the Makurdi Bar in various capacities and is now ripe to be the Chief Scribe of the Branch. The Director General promised to run an issue-based campaign without bitterness and rancour.

In his appreciation speech, Mr. Iorzenda expressed gratitude to all his friends and supporters for their show of love and encouraged them to be respectful to one another in their campaigns as they were first colleagues before being ‘Bar politicians.’

In their separate speeches, supporters at the event including Mrs. Awashima Addingi, a Director at the Ministry of Justice, Makurdi; Messrs Tsembelee Daniel Sorkaa, Gideon Dandi, Geoffrey Iorvenda, Moses Lubem Ukpo, Ferdinand Akwacha and several others promised to give their full support to Mr. Iorzenda. They prayed God to grant him his heart’s desires including resounding victory in the forthcoming Branch elections.

The NBA Makurdi Branch Election holds on 8th June, 2024.

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NBA ELECTIONS: ECNBA SETS APRIL 18 DEADLINE FOR VOTING PLATFORM BIDS

The Electoral Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (ECNBA) ECNBA has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the selection of an Election Service Provider (ESP) to the committee to provide the Electronic Voting platform to facilitate electronic voting at the 2024 NBA Elections.

Meanwhile, the committee has pegged 18th April, 2024 as the deadline for submission of bids while the successful bidder would be announced by 28th April, 2024.

CITY LAWYER recalls that former  Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Prof. Chidi Odinkalu sensationally resigned from the 2022 electoral committee following prolonged delay in paying the balance of fees owed the erstwhile service provider.

In his resignation letter, he noted that while N18 million was contracted by the ECNBA for the 2022 voting service provider, “One year after the elections took place, we still owe the provider N5.4 million, representing 30% of the agreed sum.”

Click here to read the notice.

ECNBA NOTICE: REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL FOR ELECTION SERVICE PROVIDER

Distinguished Colleagues,

As you may already be aware, the Electoral Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (ECNBA) is tasked with the mandate to conduct elections to the National Offices of the NBA and the NBA Representatives to the General Council of the Bar, and has fixed the 20th day of July 2024 for the said elections.

Towards this, the ECNBA has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the selection of an Election Service Provider (ESP) to the ECNBA to provide the Electronic Voting platform to facilitate electronic voting at the NBA Elections in accordance with the NBA Constitution, throughout the electoral process and in respect of all post election activities as required by the ECNBA.

The RFP is to be submitted to the Secretary of the ECNBA not later than the 18th day of April 2024.

The submission guidelines and other requirements are contained in the ECNBA Notice herewith attached.

Thank you, and do have a restful holiday.

Akorede Habeeb Lawal
National Publicity Secretary, Nigerian Bar Association

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MALABU CASE: ‘WE DIDN’T ACCUSE PARTIES OF BRIBERY, MAY APPEAL,’ SAYS EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has debunked as false, news making the rounds that one of its prosecutors was offered a bribe over the Malabu OPL 245 fraud case leading to the dismissal of the charges against a former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Bello Adoke and others.

The anti-corruption agency however disclosed that it has commenced a review of developments around the Malabu OPL 245 fraud case, including the dismissal of the charges against Bello Adoke and others by a Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting at Abuja.

The review, the EFCC hinted, will entail exploration of the option of appeal and possible change of counsel in view of the Commission’s dissatisfaction with the handling of the case by its counsel, Mr. Offem Uket.

Speaking on the alleged bribing of its official, the EFCC said its intention to review or appeal the case “has no nexus whatsoever to the spew of speculations imputing compromise by parties to the charge, currently making the rounds in some sections of the media.”

CITY LAWYER recalls that after the decision of the Abuja High Court upholding the no-case submission of the defendants in the criminal case, an online news outfit had reported that the EFCC accused its prosecutor of compromise by prominent lawyers connected to the case.

In denying the narrative of compromise, the anti-corruption agency said that the “EFCC is not obliged to embrace such narratives as it neither accused any of the parties of any unsavoury conduct nor made any conclusive statements about any investigation on the matter.”

The agency also dubbed allegations of compromise as “effusions of mischief makers” and urged the general public to await its next line of action.

The clarification by the anti-graft agency was made through a statement issued recently.

Below is the full text of the statement.

EFCC’S POSITION ON MALABU OIL FRAUD CASE AND ASSOCIATED ISSUES

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has commenced a review of developments around the Malabu OPL 245 fraud case, including the dismissal of the charges against a former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Bello Adoke by a Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja and the conduct of the prosecuting counsel, Offem Uket.

The review will entail exploration of the option of appeal and possible change of counsel in view of the Commission’s dissatisfaction with the handling of the case by Uket.

Nevertheless, this intention has no nexus whatsoever to the spew of speculations imputing compromise by parties to the charge, currently making the rounds in some sections of the media .

EFCC is not obliged to embrace such narratives as it neither accused any of the parties of any unsavoury conduct nor made any conclusive statements about any investigation on the matter.

The public is enjoined to ignore effusions of mischief makers on the matter and await the next course of actions.

Media & Publicity
April 5, 2024

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‘JUSTICE BELGORE JUDGMENTS SHOWED KEEN SENSE OF JUSTICE’ – AFAM OSIGWE

WE HAVE LOST A TOWERING FIGURE IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION

I am saddened by the demise of the late Justice Ahmad Olanrewaju Belgore, JCA (Rtd). His passing has left a void in our hearts and in the legal fraternity that will be deeply felt for years to come.

Justice Belgore was not merely a legal luminary; he was a towering figure whose contributions to the legal profession and the community at large were nothing short of extraordinary. His dedication to the pursuit of justice, his unwavering commitment to upholding the rule of law, and his profound impact on the lives of countless individuals are a testament to his exceptional character and unparalleled integrity.

As a former justice of the court of appeal, Justice Belgore’s judgments were marked by wisdom, fairness, and a keen sense of justice. His rulings reflected a deep understanding of the law and a steadfast commitment to ensuring that justice was served. Throughout his illustrious career, he upheld the highest standards of professionalism and integrity, earning the respect and admiration of colleagues, peers, and the public alike.

Beyond his contributions to the legal profession, Justice Belgore was also a dedicated community leader who selflessly served the people of Ilorin and beyond. His advocacy for social justice, his efforts to empower the disadvantaged, and his unwavering support for the rule of law endeared him to all who had the privilege of knowing him.

In his passing, we have not only lost a legal giant but also a mentor, a friend, and a role model. His legacy will continue to inspire future generations of legal practitioners to strive for excellence, to uphold the principles of justice and fairness, and to serve their communities with integrity and compassion.

I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Justice Ahmad Olanrewaju Belgore, the Ilorin Emirate, the bar, and the bench. May his soul rest in eternal peace, and may his memory continue to be a source of comfort and inspiration to us all.

Mazi Afam Osigwe, SAN

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‘STAY AWAY FROM NOMINATION CEREMONY,’ ECNBA WARNS SUPPORTERS

The Electoral Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (ECNBA) has warned supporters of aspirants in the forthcoming NBA Elections to steer clear of the nomination opening ceremony on Monday.

In a notice obtained by CITY LAWYER, the committee wrote: “Please note that no candidate is expected to come to the venue or to this event with any supporters. We trust all prospective candidates shall adhere strictly to this.”

It noted that the committee was entering another phase of the electoral process, assuring that it is committed to “transparency, integrity and fairness of the NBA elections.”

Below is the full text of the notice.

2024 Elections: ECNBA invites prospective Candidates to attend opening of Nominations, Bars Supporters

The ECNBA is pleased to invite all prospective candidates who submitted nomination forms for the NBA 2024 Elections, to attend the opening of nominations ceremony either by themselves or nominate a representative to attend on their behalf.

The opening of nominations ceremony marks the commencement of the next stage of prospective candidates’ engagement with the election process and provides an opportunity for candidates or their representatives to formally witness the opening of the nomination envelopes of respective candidates.

We recognize the importance of transparency in the electoral process, and therefore, encourage all prospective candidates to either attend alone, or nominate one representative to attend this significant event on their behalf.

Please note that no candidate is expected to come to the venue or to this event with any supporters. We trust all prospective candidates shall adhere strictly to this.

Details of the opening of nominations ceremony are as follows:

Date: Monday, 15th April 2024

Time: 11:00 am

Location: ECNBA Secretariat, NBA Human Rights Institute Building, No. 9 Oro Ago Crescent Garki, Abuja

The participation of prospective candidates at this ceremony is highly appreciated in furtherance of the transparency, integrity and fairness of the NBA elections.

Should you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to welcoming all prospective candidates.

Yours Sincerely,

OLUSEUN ABIMBOLA SAN
Chairman

HUWAILA IBRAHIM
Secretary

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LAWYERS TO BE ARRAIGNED APRIL 29 FOR LAND GRABBING

Justice Sherifat Sonaike of the Lagos High Court has adjourned to April 29 the arraignment of two lawyers, Ademola Owolabi, the managing partner of Ademola Adetokunbo & Co., and Adebayo Akeju, a partner in a law firm called Adon Partners, Lagos, as well as a real estate developer, Alex Ochonogor.

Ochonogor is the owner and managing director of Bluecrest Homes Limited where Owolabi is also the company secretary. The adjournment followed the absence of the suspects and their counsel in court on Monday, when the matter first came before justice Sonaike.

The suspects are facing a five-count charge of conspiracy to commit forgery, forgery, and willful damage to property pressed against them by the Lagos State government in suit marked LD/23611C/2024.

When the matter was called on Monday, the Director of Public Prosecution at the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, Dr. Babajide Martins told the court that Akeju has been served with the charge, adding that the other two are evading service.

He said: “I know that they are aware of the matter today because they are sending emissaries to me. I will ask for adjournment. If they refuse to come at the next adjourned date, we will apply for substituted service,” Martins told the court, while pleading for an adjournment.

The trial judge consented to the plea and adjourned the matter to April 29 for arraignment.

Count one of the charge reads: “Conspiracy to commit a felony to wit: Forgery contrary to Section 411 of the Criminal Law,Ch.C17, Vol.3, Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

“Particulars of offence: Ademola Owolabi (M), Adebayo Akeju (M), Alex Ochonogor (M) and others (now at large) sometimes in year 2015 at B604, Safe court Apartments, Ikate, Lekki, Lagos State in the Lagos Judicial Division conspired among yourselves to commit a felony to wit: Forgery.”

In count 2, they were charged with forgery contrary to Section 365 (1) of the Criminal Law, Ch. C17, Vol.3, Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

The charge reads: “Ademola Owolabi (M), Adebayo Akeju (M), Alex Ochonogor (M) and others (now at large) sometimes in year 2015 at B604, Safe court Apartments, Ikate, Lekki, Lagos State in the Lagos Judicial Division with intent that it be acted upon as genuine did forge an affidavit of loss of certificate of occupancy purportedly sworn at the Registry of Ministry of Justice, Alausa, Lagos State on 23rd day of September, 2014 to falsely indicate that the original of Certificate of Occupancy Number 36/36/1994W issued to one Hamza Al- Mustapha got missing.”

Also, contrary to Section 365 (1) of the Criminal Law, Ch.C17, Vol.3, Laws of Lagos State, 2015, the suspects were accused of forging a Demolition Notice Number 0000025 titled “Audit of Illegal structures within Government Schemes Acquisition and Revocation Areas” purportedly issued by the Governor’s Office, Lands Bureau, Directorate of Land Regularisation, Secretariat, Alausa with the intent for it to be acted upon.

They were also accused of procuring a forged Memorandum of Loss of Certificate of Occupancy purportedly dated September 25, 2014 to falsely indicate that original of Certificate of Occupancy Number 36/36/1994W issued to one Hamza Al-Mustapha Certificate got missing as well as willfully and unlawfully destroying a bungalow located on Plot 10, Block 133, Lekki Peninsular Residential Scheme 1, Lagos State, property of one Dr. Obidigwe Eze, who resides abroad.

Owolabi and Akeju were alleged to have aided Ochonogor, a businessman, in dispossessing one Dr. Eze of his property known as Plot 10, Block 133, Lekki Peninsula Residential Scheme 1, Lagos State.

USP Communications Limited sold the land to Dr. Eze in May 12, 2005, where he erected a bungalow and has been in peaceful possession.

Upon alleged invasion of the property by the accused persons, the Police waded in and investigated the root of their title.

The investigation revealed that Owolabi and Akeju had allegedly forged series of documents to establish that the property still belonged to Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, who was the original allottee, but had since sold the property in 2002 to Continental Properties, who in turn sold it to USP Communications.

Relying on the premise of alleged missing title documents to the land, Akeju allegedly approached Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, while still in prison, on the basis of assisting him in facilitating the sale of the property to Ochonogor, who had indicated interest in purchasing the land and allegedly provided funding for all the false documentation, forgeries and demolition of Eze’s home.

Al-Mustapha reportedly informed Akeju that he had sold a property in that location, instructing him to confirm from his lawyer, Abdulfatai Thomas to ensure that the property is not the same that he had sold. The suspect allegedly did not contact Thomas as instructed. He instead allegedly proceeded to concoct documents, demolished Eze’s home and sold the land to Ochonogor, who immediately began construction against a court injunction to stop work.

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CBN, OTHERS HIT WEMA BANK N61.4M FINES FOR BREACHING LAWS

WEMA Bank found itself on the wrong side of about 7 Nigerian laws in 2023, paying penalties totalling N61.350 million in one year.

This was revealed in the bank’s full-year 2023 financial statement which showed that the lender contravened a cybersecurity law, a section of the Bank and Other Financial Institutions Act (BOFIA) 2020, and Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) circulars on Know Your Customers, among others.

On the cybersecurity framework contravention, Wema Bank received a fine of N2 million, but the lender was fined N20 million for breaching Section 19(3A) of BOFIA, 2020.

Also, Wema Bank was made to pay N17.45 million for violating the CBN circulars on KYC. The bank further paid a fine of N10 million for the late rendition of final returns. The CBN circulars on KYC were targeted at reducing money laundering and other forms of financial crimes.

“There is no doubt that having sufficient information about your customer and making use of that information is the most effective weapon against being used to launder the proceeds of crime. In addition to minimizing the risk of being used for illicit activities, it provides protection against fraud, reputational and financial risks and enables individual financial institutions to recognize suspicious activities,” the CBN says in its KYC Manual.

Similarly, the bank paid a penalty of N8 million for Risk-Based Supervision (RBS) breaches. The lender was likewise penalised for a regulatory breach on the CBN clearance, paying a fine of N2 million for the contravention.

For the late filing of its 2022 audited financial statements with the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX), the tier-2 lender was fined N1.9 million.

Fraud and burglary are still big risks for the bank, which lost N256.387 million to them in 2023. However, this was far lower than N880.154 million lost by the bank in fraud and burglary cases in the corresponding period of 2022.

This would mean that the bank took some measures to tackle fraud and theft in 2023, said a credit risk analyst, Mr. Osai Djemba.

Djemba explained that the bank “must introduce artificial intelligence measures to reduce its exposure to theft to the barest minimum,” arguing that “sophisticated thieves and several criminals have infiltrated the Nigerian financial system to steal, kill and destroy.”

Wema Bank left 9,974 complaints unresolved by December 2023. This is lower than 13,642 unresolved complaints reported in the corresponding period of 2022.

Various customers with these complaints demanded N10.843 billion from the lender over the issues. The bank, however, refunded N11.258 billion to customers (apart from the N10.843 billion), the financial statement said.

“As a result of the initiatives stated earlier, the Bank successfully reduced the average time taken to resolve customer complaints by 60% compared to 2022, and the resolution rate increased from 93% to 98% demonstrating our commitment to improving the experience of our customers consistently and efficiently,” the bank noted.

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HOW APPEAL COURT JURIST, JUSTICE BELGORE DIED

A retired Justice of the Court of Appeal, Ahmad Olarewaju Belgore, is dead.

A family source said the highly respected jurist died on Tuesday night at his residence in Ilorin after breaking his Ramadan fast.

Justice Belgore retired as Appeal Court Justice on 18th April 2023 on attainment of the age of 70.

The Emir of Ilorin and Chairman Kwara State Traditional Rulers Council, Mai-Martaba Alhaji (Dr) Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari CFR, has described the demise of Justice Ahmad Olarenwaju Belgore (rtd) as a big loss to the Ilorin Emirate and nation at large.

While reacting to the unfortunate incidence as contained in a statement issued by his spokesman, Mallam Abdulazeez Arowona, the Emir said, “This is a great and colossal loss that has befallen then Ilorin Emirate and humanity at large.”

“Inna ilaihi waina ilaehi raji’un, it is with shock that I received the news of the demise of Justice Ahmad Belgore. He was a complete gentleman, a thorough judicial officer who served the nation meritoriously in various capacities, nationally and internationally.

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‘I GREET MUSLIM UMMAH AT EID AL-FITR,’ SAYS TOBENNA EROJIKWE

EID MUBARAK!

As the holy month of Ramadan comes to a close and the joyous occasion of Eid al-Fitr is upon us, I extend my warmest greetings and felicitations to Muslim Ummah around the world.

May this blessed celebration, marking the end of a month of spiritual renewal bring you and your loved ones abundant peace, happiness, and prosperity.

TOBENNA EROJIKWE
Chairman, Governing Board of NBA-ICLE

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NBA FELICITATES MUSLIMS ON EID-EL-FITR

EID-EL-FITR: NBA FELICITATES MUSLIMS

On this occasion of Eid-el-Fitr, the President of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Yakubu Chonoko Maikyau, OON, SAN, on behalf of the National Executive Committee of the NBA, felicitates the Muslim Ummah, particularly Muslim lawyers and members of the Muslim Lawyers Association of Nigeria (MULAN).

Signifying the conclusion of the Ramadan fasting, this Eid is an instructive celebration, and the Ramadan teachings of perseverance, discipline, generosity, sacrifice, piety and humility should not be lost on us all even after Ramadan.

May these virtues make us better individuals, conscietious professionals, and more patriotic citizens, as we contribute our quota to making Nigeria a more prosperous and peaceful nation.

Eid Mubarak!

Akorede Habeeb Lawal
National Publicity Secretary,
Nigerian Bar Association

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‘MAY EID UL-FITRI BRING YOU PEACE, JOY’ – AFAM OSIGWE

Dear colleagues,

May this Eid ul-fitri bring you and your loved ones abundant joy, peace, and blessings. As you celebrate the end of Ramadan, may your hearts be filled with gratitude and your homes be adorned with happiness. May the Almighty accept all your acts of worship.

Eid Mubarak to you and your family!

Afam Osigwe, SAN
Life Bencher/Past General Secretary, Nigerian Bar Association

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‘WHY I WANT N100M FROM ERISCO BOSS,’ BY INIBEHE EFFIONG

Human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, has given Chief Eric Umeofia, the Chief Executive Officer of Erisco Foods Limited 14 days to retract and apologise to him for the alleged defamatory statement against his person.

Effiong in a statement issued on Monday, said that in the pre-action notice his counsel, Femi Falana served Chief Umeofia and his company, he is demanding N100 million in damages with an apology letter which must be published in two national newspapers, while insisting that his demands must be complied with within the 14-days or he would commence legal case against the Erisco boss.

He said, “During his (Chief Umeofia) interview with Television Continental (TVC) on October 2, 2023, Chief Eric Umeofia, the President/CEO of Erisco Foods Limited while speaking on the ongoing case between Erisco Foods Limited and Mrs. Chioma Okoli, made a damaging, audacious and utterly libellous claim that my client dropped her previous lawyer who accompanied her to the Force Headquarters in Abuja and went to Lagos to hire “a fake lawyer, a charge and bail lawyer to deceive her.”

He explained that the video of the interview where the claims were made was advertised on the Facebook page of Erisco Foods Limited and viewed by a “large number of people”.

“Chief Umeofia knew exactly who he was referring to since my engagement and representation of Chioma was already a matter of public knowledge.

“My attention has repeatedly been drawn by my clients, colleagues, associates, and members of the public to the malicious claims made against me by Umeofia. Those who have confronted me over these claims were taken aback by Umeofia’s bold assertion that they have been dealing with an imposter who has been falsely masquerading himself as a lawyer all these years.

“These claims have caused me prolonged emotional stress and deep anxiety. I have lost professional engagements and financial opportunities because of these claims.

“I have practiced law in Nigeria for the past ten years; having been duly called to the Nigerian Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. My name is on the Roll of Legal Practitioners in Nigeria and can be easily verified.”

He added that Chief Umeofia’s claim that “I am a fake lawyer who was out to deceive my client is dangerous and intended to destroy my career which I have laboured to build for a decade.

“His claim that I am a charge and bail lawyer is also malicious and defamatory. The courts have ruled in previous cases that referring to any lawyer as “charge and bail” is defamatory and actionable.

“Based on the foregoing, I have briefed my counsel, the foremost human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN to take legal action on my behalf against Eric Umeofia and Erisco Foods Limited over the said obnoxious and destructive claims.

“In a demand letter served on Erisco Foods Limited on Monday, April 8, 2024, Falana SAN has demanded a written apology from the company and its CEO, which must be published in at least two national newspapers, a full retraction of the defamatory statements and the sum of N100 Million as damages which they must comply with within 14 days.”

According to SAHARA REPORTERS, he, however, vowed that this was only the beginning of his legal actions against Umeofia and Erisco Foods.

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HENRY BARNABAS EHI WINS, LEADS AMCON TO COURT VICTORY ON DEBT RECOVERY

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Empowering Financial Stability: Federal High Court Upholds AMCON’s Authority to Resolve Non-Performing Loans

In a landmark judgment delivered by the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Honorable Justice John Terhemba Tsoho, on March 28, 2024, in Suit Number FHC/ABJ/CS/ 889/16, the court affirmed the crucial role of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) in addressing non-performing loans within the financial sector.

Led by legal representation from Henry Barnabas Ehi and Ekwere Nsikanabasi (Mrs), AMCON successfully argued its mandate under the AMCON Act 2010 to act as a debt recovery agency and resolve non-performing loans.

The judgment, which underscores the significance of AMCON’s role in maintaining financial stability, comes at a pivotal moment for Nigeria’s banking sector. Henry Barnabas Ehi, MICA, representing AMCON, highlighted the vital importance of AMCON’s intervention, emphasizing that without its efforts, the banking sector would face the risk of collapse due to individuals with bad debts circumventing repayment obligations.

Justice Tsoho, in his judgment, endorsed the arguments presented by AMCON’s legal counsel, affirming AMCON’s role in addressing non-performing loans.

He stressed the critical need for effective debt recovery mechanisms, noting the detrimental impact of unresolved bad debts on the stability of financial institutions. He emphasized that AMCON’s mandate to recover bad debts and initiate legal proceedings is indispensable in safeguarding the integrity of Nigeria’s banking sector.

Furthermore, Justice Tsoho expressed dismay at the evasive tactics employed by the defendants, highlighting the need for accountability and transparency in addressing non-performing loans. He condemned the actions of entities attempting to evade their financial obligations, underscoring the importance of upholding the rule of law and ensuring fair and equitable resolution of debts.

This judgment reinforces the authority vested in AMCON by the AMCON Act 2010 and reaffirms its pivotal role in resolving non-performing loans in Nigeria. By upholding AMCON’s mandate, the Federal High Court has signaled its commitment to promote financial stability and accountability within the banking sector.

As Nigeria continues to navigate economic challenges, the judgment serves as a beacon of clarity and assurance, providing a robust legal framework for addressing non-performing loans and safeguarding the resilience of the financial system.

 

  • AMCON legal team led by Henry Barnabas Ehi, MICA

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EFCC, ODINKALU FEUD DEEPENS AMID LEGAL THREATS

The simmering face-off between Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) deepened over the weekend with the fiery human rights activist scoffing threats by the commission to take legal action against him.

CITY LAWYER recalls that Odinaklu, a former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), had blasted EFCC for the arrest of controversial cross-dress Idris Okuneye, otherwise called Bobrisky, describing the anti-graft agency as “idle.”

Peeved by the criticism, the anti-graft agency had issued an elaborate statement blasting the leading human rights advocate.

But in series of tweets on his verified “X” handle, the defiant senior lawyer wrote: “Just to prove that all they are involved in at the @officialEFCC is idle abuse of power, here they go…. These folks are so predictable.

“I said the @officialEFCC were shameless, idle & involved in manifest #AbuseOfPower. They promptly prove me right!

“It is now self evident that @officialEFCC is a shameless, #IdleAndDisorderly institution whose sole preoccupation is #AbuseOfPower. This is beyond unfortunate but entirely predictable.

“It is just so tragically unfortunate that they consider it their statutory duty at the EFCC to be fiddling while the country burns. If that is not idle abuse of power, I don’t know what is,” Odinkalu stated in his response.”

In the statement signed by EFCC’s Head of Media & Publicity, Mr. Dele Oyewale, the apparently embittered anti-graft agency warned Odinkalu to desist from criticising the agency warned that “The Commission would not hesitate to take appropriate legal actions against such uncouth commentaries against its lawful mandate by anyone.”

The full statement of the commission reads: 

Chidi Odinkalu’s Reckless Commentaries on EFCC

“The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been drawn to some reckless commentaries made by a former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Chidi Odinkalu  on the arrest of Idris Okuneye(a.k.a Bobrisky) by the Commission, describing it as evidence of idleness or an abuse of power .

“The Commission views such commentaries from Odinkalu as unbecoming of a former head of a major government agency.  Okuneye was arrested and arraigned by the Commission on the basis of clear cases of abuse of the Naira to which he has pleaded guilty.

“Odinkalu has a right to free speech as a Nigerian but such a right should be exercised with decorum and responsibility. The Commission would not hesitate to take appropriate legal actions against such uncouth commentaries against its lawful mandate by anyone.

“Odinkalu is warned and advised to ventilate his rascally opinions more responsibly in future situations.”

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BOBRISKY CONVICTED FOR NAIRA ABUSE, RISKS SIX MONTHS IN JAIL (VIDEO)

The Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed April 9, 2024, to sentence controversial cross-dresser and social media celebrity, Idris Okuneye, popularly known as Bobrisky.

Justice Abimbola Awogboro reserved the date for his judgment after Bobrisky pleaded guilty to a four-count charge of Naira abuse brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The judge ordered that the convict be remanded in EFCC custody pending sentence.

The court called the case at exactly 11:55 am with Mr. Sulaiman Sulaiman announcing appearance for the EFCC while Mr. Ayo Olumofin represented the defendant. Justice Awogboro then directed Bobrisky to unveil his face which was covered with a black hijab. He complied.

The EFCC had filed a 6-count charge against Bobrisky. The first 4 counts of the charge bordered on abuse of the Naira while the last two counts border on alleged money laundering.

But before the charge was read to the defendant, the EFCC prosecutor, Sulaiman asked the court to strike out counts five and six.

He said: “We have an agreement with the defendant which will lead us to withdraw counts 5 and 6. In the circumstance, we’re humbly urging the court to strike out counts 5 and 6, leaving counts 1 to 4 alive”.

Justice Awogboro granted his request and subsequently struck out the two counts and ordered that the four-count charge be read to the defendant. Bobrisky pleaded guilty to each of the four counts. When the registrar asked if he understood the charge that was read to him, he said: ” Yes, I am guilty”.

The EFCC prosecutor then proceeded to review the facts of the case. He called an EFCC Assistant Superintendent, Mr. Bolaji Temitope, as his witness. Prompted by the prosecution, the witness explained how he came to know Bobrisky.

Temitope said: “The EFCC received intelligence of individuals who are in the habit of spraying Naira during parties in Lagos. Base on this, the EFCC sent out an operation team to monitor and observe the activities of individuals who are in the habit of doing so.

“We usually visit event centres and monitor social media pages to determine where the Naira is being abused. During the exercise we came across videos on social media where the defendant was seen abusing the Naira. Our team then proceeded to view the video and burn same on CD.

“Consequently, an invitation letter was forwarded to the defendant. When he honoured the invitation. The defendant was shown a video where he was spraying money on Segun Johnson. He confirmed that he was the one in the video.

“An event at the Island Circle Mall was also shown to the defendant. A total of 400k was spent. The defendant was also shown another video in Aja Junction, Ikorodu and an event centre at Ikeja. He admitted spraying money in all the videos. He then offered his statement in writing.”

The prosecutor then tendered the statement and videos. There was no objection from the defence team. The court admitted them as exhibits and marked them Exhibits 1 and 2 respectively.

“That is the case of the prosecution and we pray the defendant be convicted as charged, my lord,” the prosecutor told the judge. In a bench ruling, Justice Awogboro held: “The defendant is convicted as charged”.

But Bobrisky pleaded for mercy, saying he was not aware of the law on abusing the Naira. The judge then told him that ignorance of the law was not an excuse, to which Bobrisky replied: “I know, my lord.”

He further said to the judge: “My lord, I wish that you can give me a second chance to use my platform to inform and educate my followers about spraying money. I am a social media influencer with over five million followers. I would do a video on my page and I will educate people about spraying money. I will not repeat it again, my lord. I regret my actions, my lord. I’m a first-time offender.”

His lawyer added that he had turned a new leaf and urged the judge to grant Bobrisky a non-custodial sentence and an option of a fine.

Justice Awogboro has adjourned sentencing till April 9.

CHANNELS TV reports that with the conviction, Bobrisky could either serve six months in prison, pay a fine of N50,000 or both.

Section 21 (1) of the CBN Act 2007 states that “a person who tampers with a coin or note issued by the Bank is guilty of an offence and shall on conviction be liable for imprisonment for a term not less that six months or to a fine not less that N50,000 or to both such fine and imprisonment.”

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NBA-SARC, IKWUAZOM RAISE LEGAL TEAMS FOR VICTIMIZED LAWYERS

Chukwuka Ikwuazom led NBA-SARC Constitutes Litigation Assistance Team to Support Lawyers Victimised by Security Agencies

At its meeting on 21 March 2024, the Nigerian Bar Association Security Agencies Relations Committee (NBA-SARC) led by Chukwuka Ikwuazom, SAN, constituted a Litigation Assistance and Advisory Team which has been mandated to provide vital litigation support and representation to legal practitioners who are victimised by security agencies and desire to seek redress.

The primary objective of the Team is to provide pro-bono services to members of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) who wish to file legal actions against security agencies to seek redress for assault and other forms of unlawful treatment.

The newly formed Litigation Assistance and Advisory Team comprises seasoned legal practitioners who bring a wealth of expertise and experience to the table. Mr. Ikenna Okoli, SAN, has been appointed as the Chair, with Mr. Yakubu A. H. Ruba, SAN, serving as the alternate Chair. Other members of the team are Chukwuka Ikwuazom, SAN (Chair, NBA-SARC), Mr. Yakubu Moses Ede, Sani Maisamari, Dr. Nnaemeka Otagburuagu, Collins Osagu, Al-Bashir Lawal Likko, Iliyasu Suleiman Barde, Sarah Okikiola Babalola, and Marcel Unimke Akamabe.

The establishment of this team underscores NBA-SARC’s steadfast commitment to safeguarding the rights of legal practitioners and promoting accountability by security agencies. By offering pro-bono legal services, the Team aims to empower lawyers to seek redress and hold security agencies accountable for any infringements they may have experienced in the hands of security personnel while discharging their professional duties.

This initiative represents a significant milestone in NBA-SARC’s ongoing efforts to create a conducive environment for legal practitioners in Nigeria, enabling them to fulfill their professional obligations to their clients without harassment or interference.

Chukwuka Ikwuazom, SAN, Chairman of NBA-SARC, has emphasized the importance of this initiative in protecting the interests of legal practitioners and upholding the rule of law. With the establishment of the Litigation Assistance and Advisory Team, NBA-SARC reaffirms its commitment to defending the rights and interests of lawyers nationwide.

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FIDA UYO ADVOCATES MOTHER-BABY UNITS IN CORRECTIONAL CENTRES

FIDA Uyo advocates for the establishment of mother -baby units within Correctional Centres.

The International Federation of Women Lawyers, FIDA Akwa Ibom, Uyo Branch is saddened at the overstretched facilities at the Medium Custodial Centre, Uyo currently housing One Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifteen Inmates as against the Six Hundred and Thirteen capacity.

FIDA Uyo Branch led by her Chairperson, Iquo Abia Esq, during a visit on Female Inmates on Thursday 4th April, 2024 pledged to set up intervention measures within their capabilities, including provision of legal representations, recommendations to relevant government agencies for parole, especially for expectant mothers and infant bearing mothers. In addition, FIDA is pressing for non-custodial sentences for misdemeanours.

Above all, FIDA Uyo is also advocating for the speedy establishment of Mother-Baby Unit and special centres for children within custodial centres.

The Controller, Nigeria Correctional Service, Akwa Ibom State Command, Mr. Julius Ezugwu, represented by the Assistant Controller Mr. Festus Akpan while appreciating the team for the visit responded that there is provision for Mother-Baby Unit in the Correctional Act which is awaiting implementation.

Mr. Festus Akpan also hinted on the imminent visit by the Board on Prerogative of Mercy to the facility and hoped that some inmates would be considered for parole. He disclosed that inmates awaiting trial constituted about seventy percent of the population and therefore appealed to FIDA to assist in ensuring speedy trial.

FIDA Uyo Branch embarked on the visit in collaboration with the Medical Women Association of Nigeria, MWAN and Youth Alive Foundation which featured health and mental well-being session, legal clinic and pep-talk by a former inmate. Basic items were also donated.

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NBA PH CHAIR: CORDELIA EKE PICKS NOMINATION FORM, ISSUES CAMPAIGN DISCLAIMER

A leading aspirant for the position of Nigerian Bar Associaiton (NBA), Port Harcourt chairman, Mrs. Cordelia Eke has finally thrown her hat into the ring by picking nomination form for the forthcoming election.

In a statement obtained by CITY LAWYER, the ranking Director in the Rivers State Ministry of Justice wrote: “I have now picked up Electoral nomination forms for the office of Chairman of the NBA Port Harcourt Branch, and have thus ceased all consultations on my intention.”

The Bar Leader also disowned any campaigns on her behalf until the ban is lifted, saying: “In the light of the above, no sticker with my photograph or other publication on my intention should be posted on any social media platform or regular print media.”

Below is the full text of the statement.

DISCLAIMER

Distinguished Colleagues, I would like to express my profound appreciation and gratitude to you all for your kind words, prayers, advice, and other feedback during my consultations in the past few months. kindly take notice that at the end of the consultations, I have now picked up Electoral nomination forms for the office of Chairman of the NBA Port Harcourt Branch, and have thus ceased all consultations on my intention.

In the light of the above, no sticker with my photograph or other publication on my intention should be posted on any social media platform or regular print media. I, therefore, withdraw my consent on any such publication in this regard. I shall not be held liable for any publication or enlightenment purportedly done on my behalf, as anyone who does so would be doing that on his or her own accord.

I remain grateful to all my well wishers and team members for their encouragement and support and pledge to abide by directives from the ELECO in line with the Uniform Bye-Laws. Thank you, and God bless.

Dated this 5th Day of April 2024.
Signed

Cordelia U. Eke (Mrs.)

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NBA-ICLE MENTORSHIP SCHEME KICKS OFF WITH 700 MENTEES

NBA-ICLE Mentorship Scheme Takes Major Leap Forward: 700 Mentees Selected and Competency Framework Unveiled

The highly anticipated NBA-ICLE Career Development Mentorship Scheme has reached a significant milestone with the selection of 700 mentees and the launch of a comprehensive Competency Framework. This groundbreaking initiative, aimed at fostering professional growth and excellence within the Nigerian legal profession, has garnered widespread enthusiasm and participation from members across the country.

Following an overwhelming response to the call for applications, the NBA-ICLE has meticulously reviewed and selected 700 outstanding legal professionals to embark on this transformative mentorship journey. These mentees, hailing from diverse backgrounds and areas of practice, will have the unique opportunity to learn from and engage with esteemed subject-matter experts who have been carefully chosen as mentors.

In a strategic move to ensure the programme’s effectiveness and structured approach, the NBA-ICLE has unveiled a robust Competency Framework. This comprehensive framework outlines the essential skills, knowledge, and attributes required for success in the legal profession, serving as a guiding compass for the mentorship programme’s curriculum and focus areas.

The Competency Framework encompasses a wide range of core competencies, including legal knowledge, analytical and problem-solving abilities, communication and advocacy skills, ethical and professional conduct, business and practice management acumen, and a commitment to continuous learning and professional development.

By aligning the mentorship programme with this Competency Framework, the NBA-ICLE aims to equip mentees with the necessary tools and insights to navigate the complexities of the legal landscape, enhance their professional capabilities, and ultimately elevate the standard of legal service delivery in Nigeria.

Emails have been sent to the selected 700 mentees, providing them with detailed information about next steps. The mentorship journey is poised to commence imminently, marking the beginning of a transformative experience for both mentees and mentors alike.

“The overwhelming response and the launch of the Competency Framework reinforce our commitment to empowering legal professionals and driving positive change within our profession,” said Tobenna Erojikwe, Chairman of the NBA-ICLE. “We are confident that this mentorship scheme will not only nurture the growth of individual participants but also contribute to the overall advancement of the legal service delivery landscape in Nigeria.”

As the NBA-ICLE Mentorship Scheme gains momentum, the Nigerian legal community eagerly anticipates the positive impact it will have on the professional development of its members and the elevation of the legal profession’s standards and practices.

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EFCC ARRESTS CROSS-DRESSER BOBRISKY OVER NAIRA ABUSE

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested and detained controversial cross-dresser, Idris Okuneye aka Bobrisky, over abuse of naira, spraying of naira notes and currency mutilation.

Bobrisky, who has been embroiled in several controversies over the past weeks, was arrested in Lagos on Wednesday night, and has since been detained at the Lagos Command of the EFCC.

Confirming the development to PUNCH correspondent in a telephone interview today, the spokesperson for the EFCC, Mr. Dele Oyewale noted that Bobrisky would be charged to court.

Oyewale said, “Bobrisky is with us. He was arrested last night in Lagos, and he is at our Lagos command. We arrested him for alleged abuse of naira notes, spraying of nara notes, and currency mutilation, among others.

“We are very serious about restoring the dignity of the naira. Though our investigation is still ongoing, but he will definitely be charged to court soon.”

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‘I STAND WITH AJULO ON 273 LEGAL AIDES’ – GOV. AIYEDATIWA

Prince Ebenezer Adeniyan, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Ondo State, Lucky Aiyetidawa, has said the news making the rounds about the governor rejecting the 273 aides appointed by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Kayode Ajulo, was a figment of the imagination of the writer.

In a statement, Adeniyan clarified that the information used did not emanate from him but a fabrication concocted by the newspaper reporter who has already apologized and promised a retraction.

He further explained that the 273 aides, who are mostly notable Senior Advocates of Nigeria and renowned, were appointed as honorary advisers to assist the commissioner in promoting various reforms in the judiciary in Ondo State, adding that they were not expected to receive any financial remuneration or employment advantages from the Ondo State government.

The statement in details:

RE: AIYEDATIWA DISOWNS 273 AIDES APPOINTED BY COMMISSIONER

My attention has been drawn to a news story with the above headline published in The Nation newspaper and reproduced by some online media outlets on Tuesday, April 2, 2024.

The line credited to me in the story to the effect that Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa did not approve the appointment of aides made by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr. Kayode Ajulo, SAN, was a fabrication of the author of the story.

That statement did not emanate from me and the author of the original story has since admitted his error, apologised and promised to do a retraction.

For clarification, the Attorney General only appointed those lawyers, including some notable Senior Advocates of Nigeria, as honorary advisers to assist him in promoting various reforms in the judiciary in Ondo State.

The said lawyers are not expected to receive any financial remuneration or employment advantages from the Ondo State government.

Most of the lawyers who have been appointed are renowned, trusted and experienced lawyers and jurists who have willingly decided to contribute their services to Ondo State as a gesture of goodwill.

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SABASTINE ANYIA TO SPEAK ON LEGAL TECH AT NBA ABA YLF SUMMIT

Former Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Aguata Branch, Mr. Sabastine Anyia has been selected as one of the speakers for the forthcoming NBA Young Lawyers Forum (YLF), Aba Branch 2024 Summit.

Anyia, the former Chairman of Chairmen and Secretaries of NBA branches in Anambra State, is billed to dissect the topic, “Leveraging on Technological Advancements in Building a Sustainable Legal Practice.”

Giving insight into what may have persuaded the organisers to choose Anyia as a speaker, a former NBA Aguata Branch Chairman, Mr. Clifford Iloegbune Okoye wrote: “Sabastine Ubua Anyia Esq is an active barman. He served NBA Aguata Branch in different capacity. Not minding that he hails from Boki in Cross River State, he came to Anambra State and became a free mixer. He participated so well in NBA affairs in Anambra State so much that he was honoured by the members of Aguata Bar with the award of ‘Foot Soldier of the Bar’ and many other awards.

“S U Anyia Esq became the branch chairman and within 24 months, he was able to raise funds to complete the NBA Aguata Branch Bar Centre and named it after His Excellency Dr. Alex Ekwueme. The bar centre was magnificently built, commissioned, and part of it commercialized for the benefit of the Bar.

“S U Anyia Esq., apart from the Bar Centre, moved the Bar to produce the first-ever Bar Journal called ‘Frontline Bar Journal.’

“Sabastine Ubua Anyia Esq is a mobilizer. Within the 24 months of his administration as the Chairman NBA Aguata Branch, he worked assiduously to introduce the first-ever Bar and Bench Forum in Anambra State. This forum provides opportunity for the bar and the bench in the State to interact in a free atmosphere and ideas are exchanged to reposition the Bar and the Bench for better.”

The NBA YLF Aba Summit has increasingly become a popular feature in NBA’s annual calendar. This year’s summit will hold at Emman Akwiwu (SAN) Bar Centre, Aba, Abia State on 25th and 26th April, 2024.

The theme of the summit is “INNOVATIVE LEGAL MINDSET: BREAKING MENTAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL BARRIERS.”

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OBA NSUGBE TEES OFF DAY-2 OF MARATHON NBA-ICLE CIVIL LITIGATION COURSE

You are invited to Day 2 of the 10-day Civil Litigation Training by the NBA Institute of Continuing Legal Education.

Topic: Pleadings
Date: 4th of April, 2024
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Register using this link: https://tinyurl.com/y4ucds3h

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Many thanks,

Tobenna Erojikwe
Chairman Board of NBA Institute of Continuing Legal Education

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BREAKING: ‘ECNBA’S THREAT ON ASPIRANTS VIOLATES NBA CONSTITUTION,’ – NBA VP

The recent threat by the Electoral Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (ECNBA) to sanction participants who breach NBA Election guidelines goes against the NBA Constitution, a Vice President of the association has said.

In a post on Facebook in response to a CITY LAWYER report on the matter, NBA Second Vice President, Mr. Chukwuemeka Clement Ugo stated that the committee lacked the power to sanction aspirants, arguing that only candidates come under the purview of the committee.

The outspoken Bar Leader who is popularly known as “Democrat” hinted that such sanctions may be challenged, saying that “It is a wrong and unconstitutional threat and ECNBA should be able to understand that all of us are lawyers first before NBA politicians.”

He added that “it is unconstitutional and a damage control that will not control the expensive nature of NBA elections, as they (aspirants) have violated same and spent heavily in printing hard copy campaign materials for their supporters.”

He noted that “such guidelines should be imbedded in our constitution from the word go” by replacing the word ‘candidates’ with ‘aspirants,’ adding that “I will so praise the chairman if he can muster courage to disqualify one presidential aspirant.”

The ECNBA had warned aspirants against embarking on campaigns and “campaign visit under any guise,” noting that it would disqualify any candidate found culpable.

In a notice made available to CITY LAWYER, the committee wrote: “Until the ECNBA declares campaigns open and set out the limited scope of such a campaign as provided in our Constitution, and relevant guidelines, no prospective candidate nor his/her supporters shall post, issue, print, publish, or display any campaign material, nor embark upon a campaign visit under any guise. Where evidence of such infraction is provided to the ECNBA, such a candidate shall be disqualified forthwith and shall not participate in the elections.”

Below is the full text of Ugo’s statement.

I still maintain that it is not proper to sanction an aspirant that is not a candidate yet.

Does it mean ECNBA is overruling the constitution of NBA?

Their guideline is good – no doubt about that – to control the flooding of chats and others as well as reduce the expensive nature of the campaign.

There is no presidential aspirant that does not spend above (N)5m per week. This is not healthy, and that is why some winners do not perform.

But it is unconstitutional and a damage control that will not control the expensive nature of NBA elections, as they have violated same and spent heavily in printing hard copy campaign materials for their supporters.

Such guideline should be imbedded in our constitution from the word go by replacing the word “candidates” with “aspirants” .

What it means is that if an opponent reposts another opponent’s outlawed hard copy campaign materials today, ECNBA will disqualify the said candidate?

It is a wrong and unconstitutional threat and ECNBA should be able to understand that all of us are lawyers first before NBA politicians.

I want to see this ECNBA disqualify one person on this, because many of them have violated (the) same (guideline). I will so praise the chairman if he can muster courage to disqualify one presidential aspirant.

I am waiting to know if the micro-zoning in the constitution will be adhered to!

May they perform without fear, but may they utilize wisdom in service.

#democrat2030

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‘I’VE NOT PERMITTED ANYONE TO SOLICIT VOTES FOR ME,’ SAYS MOHAMMED TSAV

Adherence to Notice No: 5 of the ECNBA dated April 5th, 2024.

To All Concerned Parties,

I, MohammedI. TSAV Esq., an aspiring candidate for the Nigerian Bar Association [NBA] 2024 Elections, do hereby unequivocally state that I am wholly committed to adhere to the directives of the ECNBA.

The ECNBA is the regulatory committee for the forthcoming 2024 NBA Elections has banned all forms of campaigning activities by aspirants and their various supporters.

I appeal to all my supporters to kindly desist from any campaign activities in my name and on my behalf, such as posting campaign materials or publications or any form of campaigning.

I have not consented nor authorised any campaigning in my name or on my behalf in breach of the ECNBA directives.

As an aspiring candidate, I and my supporters must adhere to the rule of law for a free and fair electoral process. Thank you.

Mohammed I. TSAV Esq.
Chairman-Emeritus,
NBA Bwari Branch.

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‘I PLEDGE TO ABIDE BY ECNBA GUIDELINES’ – SABASTINE ANYIA

DISCLAIMER! DISCLAIMER!! DISCLAIMER!!!

May I respectfully call the attention of my colleagues, friends and well wishers to Article 5 of the ECNBA Notice banning all forms of campaigns.

As dedicated and law abiding citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I urge us all to abide and respect the spirit of the Law in Article 5.

I, as a person solemnly swear not to depart from the said provisions of Article 5.

I therefore state unequivocally that nobody should send any article, publish any message using my name or on my behalf.

This has become necessary to avoid being dragged down by any person (s) or authorities.

Remain blessed and organized even as we focus on the big task ahead.

S.U ANYIA ESQ

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‘AFAM OSIGWE HAS NOT AUTHORIZED NBA ELECTION CAMPAIGNS’

DISCLAIMER!

Dear colleagues,

Following the notice issued by the Electoral Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association dated 1st April 2024, we affirm that our esteemed leader, Mazi Afam Osigwe SAN, has not authorized any form of campaign activities, directly or indirectly, for the forthcoming NBA elections.

We urge all our dear colleagues and supporters to strictly adhere to the rules and regulations set forth by the ECNBA, which prohibit any form of campaigning until officially authorized. Any actions taken in contravention of these rules not only jeopardize the integrity of the electoral process but also jeopardize our collective efforts.

Let us demonstrate our commitment to upholding the principles of fairness and transparency by respecting the guidelines laid out by the ECNBA.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

Best regards,
Friends of Afam Osigwe, SAN

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GERALD ABONYI ASKS SUPPORTERS TO ABIDE BY ECNBA DIRECTIVES

Pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Obollo-Afor Branch, Dr. Gerald Abonyi has urged lawyers to abide by the electoral guidelines issued by the Electoral Committee of the NBA (ECNBA).

In a statement obtained by CITY LAWYER, the Bar Leader noted that he has “pursuant to a recent Notice from ECNBA banning campaigns until otherwise lifted, since prohibited all forms of campaign.”

The Committee had warned aspirants against embarking on campaigns and “campaign visit under any guise,” noting that it would disqualify any candidate found culpable.

In a notice made available to CITY LAWYER, the committee wrote: “Until the ECNBA declares campaigns open and set out the limited scope of such a campaign as provided in our Constitution, and relevant guidelines, no prospective candidate nor his/her supporters shall post, issue, print, publish, or display any campaign material, nor embark upon a campaign visit under any guise. Where evidence of such infraction is provided to the ECNBA, such a candidate shall be disqualified forthwith and shall not participate in the elections.”

IMPORTANT NOTICE

I, Dr. Gerald Abonyi, aspiring for National Office of the NBA, have pursuant to a recent Notice from ECNBA banning campaigns until otherwise lifted since prohibited all forms of campaign.

My Friends, Colleagues and Supporters should ensure that they abide by ECNBA Directives.

Dr. Gerald Abonyi.

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ECNBA WARNING: MORE ASPIRANTS ISSUE CAMPAIGN DISCLAIMERS

More aspirants have taken to social media to issue disclaimers against electoral campaigns and visits in compliance with the latest notice by the Electoral Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (ECNBA).

CITY LAWYER had yesterday chronicled the first set of aspirants to issue declaimers in line with the ECNBA warning against campaign visits and posts.

An aspirant stated that he was issuing the notice to the entire world since his disclaimer was not included in the CITY LAWYER publication, saying: “It has become important that I issue the above since the writer didn’t include my own disclaimer.”

The Committee had warned aspirants against embarking on campaigns and “campaign visit under any guise,” noting that it would disqualify any candidate found culpable.

In a notice made available to CITY LAWYER, the committee wrote: “Until the ECNBA declares campaigns open and set out the limited scope of such a campaign as provided in our Constitution, and relevant guidelines, no prospective candidate nor his/her supporters shall post, issue, print, publish, or display any campaign material, nor embark upon a campaign visit under any guise. Where evidence of such infraction is provided to the ECNBA, such a candidate shall be disqualified forthwith and shall not participate in the elections.”

CITY LAWYER however notes that issuance of disclaimers is not new to NBA Elections. Such disclaimers often follow warnings by the electoral body to mete out sanctions against aspirants or candidates in NBA Elections.

CITY LAWYER recalls that incumbent NBA General Secretary, Mr. Adesina Adegbite had issued a disclaimer on the eve of the 2022 NBA Elections. The notice reads:

NOTICE OF DISCLAIMER
Good evening, my respected colleagues

We are all aware that by the electoral guidelines put in place by the ECNBA, campaigns are to come to an end by 12 midnight today, 13/7/2022.

Accordingly, I take responsibility for all campaigns, literature, posts, etc that are made in my name or concerning my aspirations to be your General Secretary, _as at_ _11.59pm today,_ _13/7/2022._

Thereafter, any of such *campaigns, literature, posts, etc do not emanate from me or my teeming *supporters or my associates.

For the benefit of doubt and for emphasis, I hereby disclaim any campaigns, literature, posts, etc made in my name or concerning my aspirations to be your next General* *Secretary of NBA as from* 11.59pm today , 13/7/2022.

Thank you
Adesina Adegbite, Esq.,FICMC
Candidate for the position of the General Secretary of the NBA.
#nbadecides2022

Compliance Notice with ECNBA Directives Regarding Campaigning for NBA 2024 Elections

To All Concerned Parties,

I, Chukwuka Ikwuazom, SAN, a prospective candidate for the upcoming Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) 2024 Elections, hereby issue this statement to affirm my commitment to adhering strictly to the directives issued by the Electoral Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (ECNBA).

In Notice No. 5 of April 1, 2024, the ECNBA has unequivocally banned any form of campaign activities by candidates and their supporters for the NBA 2024 Elections. In line with this directive, I urge all my esteemed supporters to refrain from engaging in any campaign efforts on my behalf, including but not limited to posting campaign materials or publications in my name, making donations, or any other form of promotional activities.

I wish to emphasize that I do not authorize or endorse any campaign activities undertaken on my behalf that contravene the directives of the ECNBA. As a prospective candidate for the NBA 2024 Elections, I am fully committed to upholding the principles of fairness and transparency in the electoral process, and I respect the authority of the ECNBA in regulating campaign activities.

Therefore, I call upon all my supporters to demonstrate their commitment to these principles by refraining from engaging in any form of campaigning on my behalf. Let us abide by the directives of the ECNBA and ensure a free, fair, and credible electoral process for the NBA 2024 Elections.

Thank you all.

Signed:

Chukwuka Ikwuazom, SAN

Important Notice to Supporters and Well-Wishers of Joyce Oduah
DISCLAIMER!

Distinguished Colleagues and Friends,

I wish to bring to your attention the recent circular released by the Electoral Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (ECNBA) on April 1st, 2024, which strongly warned that no form of campaign is allowed except officially authorized by the ECNBA.

I deeply appreciate your invaluable support and enthusiasm for my aspirations. However, in strict compliance with the guidelines set forth by the Electoral Committee, I urge you to refrain from sharing any campaign materials or posts related to me — Joyce Oduah — until further notice.

I hereby disclaim any campaign materials or posts that may circulate in my name prior to official authorisation by the Electoral Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association. Such materials are unauthorised and do not emanate from me. I urge my supporters to be vigilant and to await official communication from me regarding the commencement of the campaign.

Your cooperation and understanding in this matter are greatly appreciated, as it reflects your commitment to upholding the integrity of the electoral process. Together, we can ensure a fair and just campaign environment for all candidates.

Thank you

Joyce Oduah FICMC
Principal Partner, Joyce & Okey Oduah LP
Vice President West Africa Pan African Lawyer’s Union (PALU)
Imm. Past General Secretary NBA
Council Member, Commonwealth Lawyers Association
Fmr. Council Member International Bar Association
Principal Partner Joyce & Okey Oduah LP

NOTICE OF DISCLAIMER
Learned Seniors, Colleagues and Gentlemen of the Bar.

Sequel to the Notice No. 5 and warning issued by ECNBA, Mohammed I Tsav is hereby issuing a Notice of Disclaimer that he has not given consent or authorised any one to consult, post, campaign and solicit for vote or support under any pretext or guises or by any means that may undermine or breach the guidelines of ECNBA relating to 2024 NBA Election.

Therefore, M I. Tsav abides by the guidelines, notices and instructions of ECNBA and dissociates himself completely from publications by individuals or groups.

Thanks.

Friends of M. I. Tsav.
Olalekan I. Oladapo Esq.

Notice to all Supporters and Well-Wishers Of  Caroline Ladidi Anze-Bishop

DISCLAIMER!

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

New Month blessings to you and all yours.

I bring to your attention the recent circular released by the Electoral Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (ECNBA) on April 1st, 2024, which strongly warned that no form of campaign is allowed except officially authorized by the ECNBA.

Iam deeply thankful for your invaluable support and enthusiasm for my aspirations. However, in strict compliance with the guidelines set forth by the Electoral Committee, please kindly refrain from sharing any campaign materials or posts related to me —Caroline Ladidi Anze-Bishop— until further notice.

I hereby disclaim any campaign materials or posts that may circulate in my name prior to official authorisation by the Electoral Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association. Such materials are unauthorised and do not emanate from me. I urge my supporters to be vigilant and to await official communication from me regarding the commencement of the campaign.

Your cooperation and understanding in this matter is greatly solicited and appreciated, as it reflects your commitment to upholding the integrity of the electoral process. Together, we can get it right.

Thank you

Caroline Ladidi Anze-Bishop AICMC
NBA National Treasurer.

Compliance Notice with ECNBA Directives Regarding Campaigning for NBA 2024 Elections

Learned Silk, Seniors and Distinguished Colleagues,

I, Michael O Olorunmola Esq , an Aspirant in the upcoming Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) 2024 Elections, hereby issue this statement to affirm my commitment to adhering strictly to the directives issued by the Electoral Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (ECNBA).

The ECNBA, in its Notice No. 5 published on 1st April, 2024, has expressly banned any form of campaign activities by Aspirants and their supporters for the NBA 2024 Elections.
In line with the said directives, I wish to implore all my esteemed supporters to refrain from engaging in any campaign activities on my behalf, including posting campaign materials or publications in my name, or any other form of promotional activities.

It needs be emphasized that I do not authorize or endorse any campaign activities undertaken on my behalf that contravene the directives of the ECNBA as I am fully committed to upholding the principles of fairness and transparency in the electoral process with absolute regard to the authority of the ECNBA in regulating campaign activities.

I, therefore, call upon all my supporters to abide by the directives of the ECNBA and ensure a free, fair, and credible electoral process for the NBA 2024 Elections.

Thank you all.

Signed:

Michael O. Olorunmola Esq

ECNBA Notice No 5 : Disclaimer by Bridget Ijeoma Edokwe Esq
In compliance with the guidelines set forth by the ECNBA in Notice Number 5 which prohibits Campaign under any guise, I wish to categorically State that I, Bridget Ijeoma Edokwe Esq, hereby pledge to abide by the said Notice.

I hereby disclaim and disassociate myself from any publication in whatsoever form, that will contravene the ECNBA Directive on election. Any such material does not have my authority nor the Authority of my Leaders, Learned Friends and Supporters.

I humbly plead with all my Leaders, Learned Friends, and supporters to respect ECNBA Ban on Campaign and adhere strictly to the ECNBA’s Notice Number 5 while we wait for the campaign period as will be allowed by the ECNBA.

I am grateful for the overwhelming encouragement, support and prayers that I have received in my quest to serve the Bar.

May God’s blessings Continue to abide with us always.

Bridget Ijeoma Edokwe Esq
Publisher, barristerng.com law and politics news blog

DISCLAIMER!!! ⚠️

I, LAWRENCE AYEWA Esq after carefully going through ECNBA NOTICE NO 5, hereby unequivocally state that:

I will abide by the warning, advice and directive contained in the said Notice.

I have not and will not authorise any body, individual or body corporate to issue any statement, publication, hashtag or use my image as emoji in any WhatsApp group.

I have not given or authorised any body, individual or corporate to place any good will message for me in any Law Week Magazine of any branch.

Nobody should hashtag any publication with my name or mention the word Assistant Publicity in the same sentence with my name or image!

Any person doing so, is STRICTLY on his or her own and would be adjudged as my enemy working to get ECNBA to slam its harm on me!

It has become important that I issue the above.

Since the writer didn’t include my own disclaimer

Lawrence Shegun Ayewa

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ASPIRANTS ISSUE DISCLAIMERS OVER ECNBA CAMPAIGN WARNING

Some aspirants for the forthcoming Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) 2024 Elections or their proxies have issued disclaimers to stave off any sanctions that may be imposed by the Electoral Committee of the NBA (ECNBA) in the aftermath of its warning against electoral campaigns and visits.

CITY LAWYER investigation showed that the aspirants and their proxies flooded several social media platforms with the disclaimers, warning that they should not be held liable for any infraction of the latest ECNBA Notice.

The Committee had warned aspirants against embarking on campaigns and “campaign visit under any guise,” noting that it would disqualify any candidate found culpable.

In a notice made available to CITY LAWYER, the committee wrote: “Until the ECNBA declares campaigns open and set out the limited scope of such a campaign as provided in our Constitution, and relevant guidelines, no prospective candidate nor his/her supporters shall post, issue, print, publish, or display any campaign material, nor embark upon a campaign visit under any guise. Where evidence of such infraction is provided to the ECNBA, such a candidate shall be disqualified forthwith and shall not participate in the elections.”

Below are some of the disclaimers obtained by CITY LAWYER.

DISCLAIMER!

Dear colleagues,

Following the notice issued by the Electoral Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association dated 1st April 2024, we affirm that our esteemed leader, Mazi Afam Osigwe SAN, has not authorized any form of campaign activities, directly or indirectly, for the forthcoming NBA elections.

We urge all our dear colleagues and supporters to strictly adhere to the rules and regulations set forth by the ECNBA, which prohibit any form of campaigning until officially authorized. Any actions taken in contravention of these rules not only jeopardize the integrity of the electoral process but also jeopardize our collective efforts.

Let us demonstrate our commitment to upholding the principles of fairness and transparency by respecting the guidelines laid out by the ECNBA.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

Best regards,
Friends of Afam Osigwe, SAN

DISCLAIMER

Pursuant to the NBA ECNBA 2024 notice No. 5, that reiterates the BAN on campaigns pending the lifting of same as provided for in the NBA Constitution and the Guidelines, Dr. Promise W. Iwezor JP. wishes to advice friends, supporters, and well wishers to abide strictly to the said Notice as issued by the ECNBA.

For the records, any publication henceforth bearing and or suggesting the solicitation of votes with respect to NBA Elections 2024 till the ban is lifted, does not have the approval and consent of Dr. Promise W. Iwezor JP. and the maker or author of such does so at his or her peril.

Dated 1st April 2024.
Signed by
Justice E. Chigonu Esq. DRS, CGAN
For and on behalf of Dr. Promise W. Iwezor JP.

DISCLAIMER! DISCLAIMER!! DISCLAIMER!!!

May I respectfully call the attention of my colleagues, friends and well wishers to Article 5 of the ECNBA Notice banning all forms of campaigns.

As dedicated and law abiding citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I urge us all to abide and respect the spirit of the Law in Article 5.

I, as a person solemnly swear not to depart from the said provisions of Article 5.

I therefore state unequivocally that nobody should send any article, publish any message using my name or on my behalf.

This has become necessary to avoid being dragged down by any person (s) or authorities.

Remain blessed and organized even as we focus on the big task ahead.

S.U ANYIA ESQ

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Gentlemen, l bring greetings to you and all yours in this season of Easter. I pray Almighty and Eternal God to meet you at the point of your needs.

In view of the very recent development from ECNBA vide the publication of ECNBA NOTICE NO 5 banning all forms of campaign, l urge all dedicated, law abiding and responsible supporters and well wishers of His Excellency , Soseipiriye Long Williams, Esq. to cease forthwith from posting of any form of sensitisation materials or articles regarding his aspiration in the forthcoming NBA Elections.

As law abiding and responsible members of the NBA, we shall lead the pack by showing leadership and good example by adhering strictly to the said notice.

In due course, further directives will be issued on the way forward as events unfolds. In the spirit of sportsmanship, lets play inline with the rules of the game.

God bless you all as you continue to enjoy the Easter break.

Dr. Peter Ayogu
(Chief of General Staff, to His Excellency, Soseipiriye Long Williams Esq)

DISCLAIMER 

TAKE NOTICE, that pursuant to the ECNBA NOTICE NO 5, and Electoral guidelines of the ECNBA of NBA. our own Oaikhena Osagie KSP, do hereby unequivocally State as follows;

(1)That he has not authorized anybody, individual, howsoever called or described to issue any statement, publication, hashtag, any image on any social and print Media platform, suggesting campaigns in the name of Oaikhena Osagie KSP.

(2). That anybody who does the above is on a frolic on his or her own and does so without consent of Oaikhena Osagie KSP. Let this notice serve as a notice to the whole world.

SIGN:

(Comrade) Henry Osayande Bazuaye,
(Comrade) Adedayo Adeshiela,
(Comrade) Ephraim Adedoyin
(For and on Behalf of Oaikhena Osagie KSP)

DISCLAIMER!!! ⚠️

I, FELIX CHUKWUMA ASHIMOLE, Esq., co-publisher of www.kubwaexpress.com, after carefully going through ECNBA NOTICE NO 5, hereby unequivocally state that:

I will abide by the warning, advice and directive contained in the said Notice.

I have not and will not authorise any body, individual or body corporate to issue any statement, publication, hashtag or use my image as emoji in any WhatsApp group.

I have not given or authorised any body, individual or corporate to place any good will message for me in any Law Week Magazine of any branch.

Nobody should hashtag any publication with my name or mention the world PUBLICITY in the same sentence with my name or image!

Any person doing so, is STRICTLY on his or her own and would be adjudged as my enemy, working with 5th columnists to get ECNBA to slam its harm on me!

It has become important that I issue the above, as I know how mischievous, treacherous and PHD (Pull Him Down) tactics that can be deployed in politics.

Gentlemen and Ladies,

This is to further inform every friend, colleague and well wisher of Auta Nyada Esq of the need to adhere strictly to the directives of ECNBA. We appreciate your support and assurances to him in the course of his consultation. At the appropriate time, we will love to hear from you loud and clear. But for now, let us abide by the ECNBA’s instructions.
Thank you and God bless.

– AUTA NYADA

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LAGOS JUDICIARY AND PRICE TAG ON VIRTUAL HEARING, JUSTICE

On Lagos State Judiciary Charging for Virtual Hearing Services and the Bail Information Management Services (BIMS)

By Bayo Akinlade 

VIRTUAL HEARINGS
We have had enough time to make virtual hearings the norm while physical appearances in open court should have taken a back seat.

In light of the current power supply issues bedeviling the Judiciary in Lagos State, the high cost of fuel and food prices, and the recent measures taken by the Lagos State Government requiring civil servants to only come to work 3 to 4 times a week, one would think that the managers of the Justice Sector would be more innovative in their approach to issues of great importance such as the economic conditions of citizens

With Lagos State Judges and Magistrates facing inadequate court rooms where some can’t sit for more than 3 days a week or work for more than 5 hours a day due to the lack of electricity supply, one would think that VIRTUAL HEARINGS would be a viable, less expensive, effective and efficient alternative but unfortunately, our colleagues on the BENCH have weaponized the very thing that would have put less burden on our judges, lawyers and litigants.

I have observed the Virtual Hearing infrastructure and services of the Lagos State Judiciary for some time now and I can only wonder: who in the world are the Judiciary taking advice from, because we know that the Judiciary within its ranks have very little internal expertise regarding technology to be able to counter any external suggestions that may be self-serving and that may not meet the ends of justice the citizens are hoping for.

I will not say more on this but it is clear that the Judiciary has only put a prize tag on virtual hearings but has not shown any capacity to make it efficient, effective and sustainable.

ON BIMS
Here again the Judiciary has placed an extra prize tag on another essential aspect of justice delivery.

Aside from all the bottlenecks of bail perfection such as requirements to pay taxes, surety approval system, arraignments and remand proceedings all of which are currently administered ineffectively, causing defendants to spend days in correctional facilities, our Judiciary has added another burden through the requirements for BIMS.

It seems that the Nigerian people have no reprieve from all their sufferings and the Judiciary is no longer the LAST HOPE OF THE COMMON MAN.

The Bar should not be silent on this. Senior Advocates of Nigeria in Lagos State should take up this challenge and show citizens why they deserve the rank/title and stand up for the common man. The Attorney General of Lagos State should intervene (seeing that government doesn’t pay for services offered by the Judiciary). The Judiciary is accountable to the people, it should be transparent with its dealings; it’s the 3rd arm of government whose income is derived from the sweat of citizens and our collective resources.

  • Akinlade is a former Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association Ikorodu Branch

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NIGERIAN LAW SOCIETY HAILS TRUSTEE ON APPOINTMENT AS BENCHER

The Nigeria Law Society (NLS) FCT Chapter congratulates Chief Audu Mela Audu Nunghe, SAN on his appointment as a Bencher of the prestigious Body of Benchers

The FCT Chapter of the NLS has extended their warm congratulations to Chief Mela Audu Nunghe, SAN on his appointment as a Bencher of the Body of Benchers.

In a congratulatory letter signed by the Chapter Chairman and Secretary – Jephthah Tukura, Esq. and Atna Kayembo, Esq. – the FCT Chapter of the NLS extols Chief Nunghe’s exemplary leadership, exceptional legal expertise, and unwavering commitment to justice.

According to the Chapter, the appointment not only reflects Learned Silk’s achievements but underscores his influence within the legal family.

The Chapter added that they do not doubt that Chief Audu will enrich the deliberations of the Body of Benchers with his wisdom and leadership.

It is instructive to add that the Learned Silk, Mela Audu Nunghe, SAN is a Trustee of the NLS.

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NBA-ICLE PARTNERS OLANIWUN AJAYI TO BUILD FREE CLE PORTAL FOR LAWYERS

NBA-ICLE Forges Groundbreaking Partnership with Olaniwun Ajayi LP to Build Legal Knowledge Repository

The Nigerian Bar Association’s Institute of Continuing Legal Education (NBA-ICLE) has forged a pioneering partnership with Olaniwun Ajayi LP, one of Nigeria’s foremost law firms, to develop a centralised digital repository for legal resources. This first-of-its-kind initiative aims to democratise access to vital knowledge within Nigeria’s legal community.

The announcement was made via an email circulated by Tobenna Erojikwe, Chairman of the Governing Board of the NBA-ICLE, who expressed his delight at this strategic collaboration. “On behalf of the President of the NBA and the Board of the NBA-ICLE, I am delighted to announce that the NBA-ICLE has entered into a strategic partnership with Olaniwun Ajayi LP for the building and maintenance of a central repository of all NBA-ICLE materials, whether virtual or print,” Erojikwe stated.

This fully accessible database, slated for launch in the second or third quarter of 2024, will be a game-changer for Nigerian lawyers seeking to enhance their professional development and stay abreast of the latest legal developments. Erojikwe emphasised the repository’s significance, noting, “The repository will be a fully accessible database that will be open to all members of the NBA for use at no cost.”

Underscoring Olaniwun Ajayi LP’s commitment to this groundbreaking initiative, the firm has generously covered the entire platform development costs. Wolemi Esan, Deputy Managing Partner of Olaniwun Ajayi LP, expressed his firm’s enthusiasm for the project, stating, “Olaniwun Ajayi LP is happy to cover the platform development costs as part of our commitment to supporting the NBA-ICLE. Leading the ICLE’s faculty for the finance training reinforced my desire to democratise knowledge. This is a responsibility that we owe those following in our footsteps.”

The NBA-ICLE has long been at the forefront of providing high-quality continuing legal education to Nigerian lawyers, ensuring they remain well-informed and equipped to navigate the ever-evolving legal landscape. With this new digital repository, the institute aims to take its mission to new heights, enabling seamless access to a wealth of resources, including virtual and print materials.

In an era where knowledge is power, this partnership between the NBA-ICLE and Olaniwun Ajayi LP represents a significant stride towards levelling the playing field for legal professionals across Nigeria. By removing barriers to access and fostering a culture of continuous learning, this initiative has the potential to elevate the legal profession and ultimately benefit the Nigerian public by promoting a more knowledgeable and competent Bar.

As the legal community eagerly awaits the launch of this groundbreaking repository, the NBA-ICLE and Olaniwun Ajayi LP have set a shining example of how strategic collaborations can drive progress and empower professionals with the tools they need to excel.

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NBA ELECTIONS: ECNBA BANS CAMPAIGN VISITS, VOWS SANCTIONS

The Electoral Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (ECNBA) has warned aspirants against embarking on campaigns and “campaign visit under any guise,” warning that it would disqualify any candidate found culpable.

In a notice made available to CITY LAWYER, the committee wrote: “Until the ECNBA declares campaigns open and set out the limited scope of such a campaign as provided in our Constitution, and relevant guidelines, no prospective candidate nor his/her supporters shall post, issue, print, publish, or display any campaign material, nor embark upon a campaign visit under any guise. Where evidence of such infraction is provided to the ECNBA, such a candidate shall be disqualified forthwith and shall not participate in the elections.”

A press statement made available to CITY LAWYER reads:

NBA 2024 ELECTIONS: ECNBA BANS CAMPAIGN BY CANDIDATES AND SUPPORTERS

Distinguished Colleagues,

The Electoral Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (ECNBA) has issued ECNBA Notice No. 5 reiterating the ban on campaign by candidates and supporters in the forthcoming elections of National Officers and NBA Representatives to the General Council of the Bar.

The Notice states that “…persons who have been issuing online posts, and messages with subtle campaign themes and innuendos are hereby warned to desist immediately.”

According to the ECNBA, until the Electoral Committee declares “…campaigns open and set out the limited scope of such a campaign as provided in our Constitution, and relevant guidelines, no prospective candidate nor his/her supporters shall post, issue, print, publish, or display any campaign material, nor embark upon a campaign visit under any guise. Where evidence of such infraction is provided to the ECNBA, such a candidate shall be disqualified forthwith and shall not participate in the elections.”

The ECNBA Notice is attached.

Thank you, and do have a restful holiday.

Akorede Habeeb Lawal
National Publicity Secretary

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BREAKING: TOP CONTENDER QUITS NBA VEEPEE RACE

A major contender for the position of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) First Vice President in  the forthcoming elections has quit the race, CITY LAWYER can authoritatively report.

Former NBA Enugu Branch Chairman, Dr. Jude Ezegwui told CITY LAWYER that he was throwing in the towel in compliance with the Eastern Bar Forum (EBF) Constitution which has zoned the slot to the South South bloc of the regional association.

CITY LAWYER gathered that the Bar Leader also told the last EBF meeting in Enugu of his resolve to collapse his campaign as it concerns the position.

Ezegwui noted that the three leading contenders for the post of NBA President all hail from Anambra State, adding that it would not accord with inclusion for him who is also from the state to gun for the position of NBA First Vice President, leaving the eight other EBF states with no post.

“I was approached by senior members of the Bar, SANs, Lagos, Abuja and PH branch members and Eastern Bar Forum to allow the South-South region to go for the position of 1st Vice NBA,” Ezegwui told CITY LAWYER. “I have always believed that Bar politics is about service; It is not a do-or-die affair.”

CITY LAWYER gathered that as part of the horse-trading that has enveloped the NBA political firmament recently, the stakeholders may have offered the former NBA Enugu Branch helmsman the position of NBA General Secretary come 2026.

It is envisaged that he may be more effectual in that position unlike the post of NBA First Vice President which some political watchers believe does not have real executive powers.

While Ezegwui’s withdrawal may have handed the initiative to the three leading aspirants from the South South bloc, namely Dr. Promise Iwezor of Isiokpo Branch, Mr. Sopriye Long Williams and Mr. Reginald Ugwuadu of Port Harcourt Branch – they would still have to contend with other aspirants from the South East bloc including Dr. Gerald Abonyi, pioneer Chairman of NBA Obollo-Afor Branch; former NBA Ikeja Chairman, Mr. Bartholomew Aguegbedo. On the other hand, while former Aguata Branch Chairman, Mr. Sabastine Anyia hails from the South South bloc, he has since adopted the South East and especially Anambra State as his practice and political base. Former NBA Yenagoa Branch Chairman, Mr. Ikechukwu Stanley Damabide is also said to be interested in the position.

CITY LAWYER observes that some candidates have occasionally defied the EBF Constitution by insisting on testing their political prowess with the electorate.

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SPIDEL CRISIS: SABASTINE ANYIA URGES GLADIATORS TO RECONCILE AT EASTER

MAY THE JOY OF THE RISEN CHRIST COMPEL NBA PRESIDENT, MR. YAKUBU MAIKYAU SAN AND THE FORMER FIRST VICE PRESIDENT, MR. JOHN AIKPOKPO-MARTINS TO SHEATH THEIR SWORDS AND EMBRACE PEACE

It’s no longer news that Mr. President of the NBA, Yakubu Maikyau SAN and the chairman of the NBA Section on Public Interest and Development Law (NBA SPIDEL) are having a lingering battle that is now in every tabloid and newspaper in the country. I am also aware that the matter is now in the court of law. This has divided the Bar to a reasonable degree and has caused non-lawyers and other Associations to cast aspersions on our profession.

I sincerely believe that their differences can be settled in-house without the involvement of outsiders. Just recently, friends who are not lawyers have inundated me with calls and messages asking me what is happening in our Association that our Leaders are washing their dirty linens in public.

I became more worried when it got to my notice that the two leaders are Call mates. I plead that their call mates intensify efforts in reconciling their differences. I am not interested in who’s right or wrong at this stage but in anything that will bring peace and the matter in court withdrawn.

I solicit the intervention of past Presidents of the NBA and some respected elders of the Association. I am not sure that any of them is happy about the crisis. It is our tradition that when two brothers or friends are at war, the neighbours and elders intervene for the sake of peace.

When you read the allegations and counter allegations against each other that is now making headlines, you will agree with me that it is not healthy for the association. In every fight, the gladiators are not always equal. One is always bigger and more advantageous than the other. The mediators will know how to pacify both sides for the sake of peace and good name of the Association. There’s no doubt that peace is better than war in all circumstances.

May I also respectfully plead that we should always exercise restraint in going to the Press over in-house issues. Let us endeavor to employ all means of settling in-house issues amicably before making them public. May I passionately pray Mr. President to show love and concern in handling this peace proposal just as I beg the SPIDEL chairman to be amenable to settlement. This will save the association a huge cost and improve fraternity.

I’m looking forward to seeing Mr. President and SPIDEL chairman hugging themselves this Easter Season. It is possible, as this is the season of reconciliation.

May God bless NBA President. May God bless members of the NBA. May God bless Federal Republic of Nigeria.

SABASTINE U. ANYIA, ESQ.

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‘EASTER MONDAY AND CALL OF DUTY,’ BY PROMISE IWEZOR

The Call of Duty

While the above phrase can easily depict the global best selling video Game, the true meaning of “Duty” isn’t totally far off.

Duty stems from a responsibility to serve and perform. In a world fast declining in morals, it is our sense of duty that drives us to think, work, grow and evolve.

In our national clime, duty has been grossly displaced. Public office holders have only a sense of entitlement and forget that they are trustees and hold a duty to serve the people. While our value system might seem to be on the brink, I still believe that we have among us the finest of persons who still answer the call of duty.

Duty is putting everyone before oneself; it is the responsibility that, with great power and resources comes the greatest duty.

In every sphere of our life – our homes, offices, worship centers, and professional associations – we are bestowed with the responsibility to answer the call of duty.

Duty must be selfless, innovative, encompassing and, most importantly, sincere.

This Easter Monday, I want to charge us to answer the call of duty in our various spheres: To discharge our various mandates selflessly and for the general benefit of others.

If we indeed answer the call of duty to each other, the world will be a much better place.

Dr. Promise Iwezor
Former Chairman
NBA Isiokpo Branch

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MAY EASTER BRING US PEACE, PROSPERITY – CHUKWUKA IKWUAZOM

HAPPY EASTER 

As we commemorate Easter, may this season bring forth lasting peace and prosperity into our lives. May we be surrounded by the warmth of family and friends, and may the spirit of Easter inspire us towards greater kindness and compassion.

Chukwuka Ikwuazom, SAN
Partner, ALN: Aluko & Oyebode
Chairman, NBA Security Agencies Relations Committee (NBA-SARC)
Former Chairman, NBA Lagos Branch
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I PRAY THAT EASTER BRINGS YOU GOOD FORTUNE – SABASTINE ANYIA

I BRING YOU NEWS OF GOOD TIDINGS: CHRIST HAS RISEN, ALLELUIA!

Alleluia brethren! The tomb is empty.

The heavy burden of our sins has been lifted, the taint on our souls cleansed.

Let us make merry as our Savior is risen and our path to salvation cleared.

I share in your joy as I pray that the resurrection of Christ brings good fortune to you and yours now and always

Happy Easter!

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‘I HOPE YOU HAVE A SUNNY, MEMORABLE EASTER’ – GERALD ABONYI

The Risen Christ has brought succour and salvation to the world.

Our liberation is here, Glory be to God!

Happy Easter to the faithful.

May this day be as special and beautiful for you.

I hope you have a fun, sunny, memorable Easter.

May the spirit of Easter bring you  hope, love, and joyful living.

May you have a blessed day!

Dr. Gerald Abonyi
… consulting for the office of NBA 1st Vice President

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AFAM OSIGWE PREACHES PEACE, INCLUSIVITY AT EASTER

Dear Colleagues and friends,

As we celebrate the joyous occasion of Easter, let us rejoice in the spirit of renewal, hope, and love that permeates this special day. Easter is a time of reflection, gratitude, and rejoicing in the triumph of life over death.

Just as the resurrection of Jesus Christ symbolizes the victory of light over darkness, Easter serves as a reminder of the resilience of the human spirit and the limitless possibilities of redemption and transformation.

In our shared journey of learning and growth, may we draw inspiration from the teachings of Easter to embrace change, embrace new beginnings, and embrace the opportunities to make a positive difference in the world.

Let us extend a hand of friendship, support, and encouragement to one another as we navigate the challenges and celebrate the successes that lie ahead. Together, may we continue to strive for excellence, pursue knowledge, and foster a culture of inclusivity, respect, and understanding.

Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed Easter filled with joy, peace, and the promise of new beginnings.

Best regards,
Afam Osigwe, SAN
LIFE BENCHER/PAST GENERAL SECRETARY, NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION

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‘I WISH YOU AN EASTER FILLED WITH HAPPINESS,’ SAYS EDE ASENOGUAN

“Dear colleagues,

As we celebrate this Easter season, may the beauty of new beginnings, the joy of sharing love and the blessings of hope and renewal fill your hearts and lives. Wishing you all a wonderful Easter filled with happiness, peace, and the warmth of family and friends.

Happy Easter to you and your loved ones!

Warm regards,
Ede Asenoguan

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‘I WISH YOU A JOYFUL EASTER SEASON’ – MOHAMMED TSAV

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‘THIS IS AN EASTER OF VICTORY,’ SAYS JOYCE ODUAH

Joyce Oduah Easter Message 2024: AN EASTER OF VICTORY!

As we celebrate Easter, we are reminded of the profound significance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Today, we rejoice in the fact that Jesus has risen from the dead, conquering sin and death, and has gained victory over all that threatens to destroy us.

This is a reminder of our own life of victory in Him, and the hope that we have in Him. Jesus is the embodiment of victory, and through Him, we, too, can be victorious in all areas of our lives.

_Let us embrace this Easter of victory,_
_And hold on to the hope it brings,_
_For in Christ, we have found the key,_
_To overcome life’s toughest things._
_Let us celebrate His triumph over death,_
_And bask in the glory of His love,_
_For through Him, we have found true life,_
_And a home in heaven above._
_So let us sing and shout with joy,_
_And let our hearts be filled with praise,_
_For in Christ, we have found our victory,_
_And our hope for all our days._

Dearest Colleagues and friends, Happy Easter celebration.

Joyce Oduah FICMC
Principal Partner, Joyce & Okey Oduah LP
Vice President West Africa Pan African Lawyer’s Union (PALU)
Imm. Past General Secretary NBA
Council Member, Commonwealth Lawyers Association
Fmr. Council Member International Bar Association
Principal Partner Joyce & Okey Oduah LP

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SABASTINE ANYIA EXTOLS NGIGE ON APPOINTMENT AS LIFE BENCHER

SABASTINE ANYIA CONGRATULATES THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL OF LEGAL EDUCATION (CLE), CHIEF EMEKA NGIGE SAN ON HIS APPOINTMENT AS A LIFE BENCHER

Sabastine Anyia Esq, past chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Aguata Branch and former Chairman of Chairmen and Secretaries of the eight branches of NBA in Anambra State congratulates the Chairman of the Council of Legal Education, our own Emeka Ngige SAN for his appointment as a life bencher by the Body of Benchers.

No doubt, Emeka Ngige SAN, our gentle giant, has paid his dues and contributed richly in the development of our legal jurisprudence and provided invaluable leadership in the affairs of the legal profession that this appointment did not come to us as a surprise.

Emeka Ngige SAN has always been exceptional in his approach to legal issues. This explains why he has been entrusted with sensitive and key offices in the legal profession like Chairman, Council of Legal Education since 2019 till date; member of the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee (LPPC) from 2020 till date; Member of Body of Benchers, and now a Life Bencher.

This gentle giant was honored by the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in October 2022 when he was awarded the national honour of “Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR)” by Nigeria’s President.

Ngige SAN was also honoured by the Rivers State Government with the highest award of “Grand Service Star of Rivers State (GSSRS)” in recognition of his contributions to berthing the Dr. Nabo Graham Douglas campus of the Nigerian Law School in Port Harcourt.

I salute this great man and pray God to continue to bless and protect him with good health of mind and body. Remain blessed Sir.

Sabastine Anyia LL.M.

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‘YOUR EXPERTISE IS COMMENDABLE,’ AFAM OSIGWE TELLS ICSAN ABUJA CHAIR

Afam Osigwe, SAN congratulates Mrs. Chioma Angela Okeke on her appointment as Chairman of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSAN) Abuja Chapter

Dear Mrs. Chioma Angela Okeke,

Warmest congratulations on your remarkable appointment as Chairman of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSAN) Abuja Chapter. Your extensive qualifications, including your LLM, MBA, MCArb, FICMC, ACIS, and PhD, reflect not only your dedication to your field but also your unwavering commitment to excellence.

Your appointment is a testament to your exceptional leadership skills, proven expertise, and admirable dedication to the profession. It is a well-deserved recognition of your hard work, determination, and contributions to the field of corporate governance and administration.

As you assume this prestigious role, I do not doubt that you will bring visionary leadership, innovative ideas, and a deep sense of integrity to the chapter. Your wealth of experience and knowledge will undoubtedly inspire and empower others within the organization, setting a high standard for professional excellence and ethical conduct.

Under your guidance, I am confident that the Abuja Chapter of ICSAN will thrive and continue to make significant strides in promoting good governance, transparency, and accountability in corporate affairs. Your appointment serves as an inspiration to aspiring professionals and a testament to the limitless possibilities that dedication and hard work can achieve.

Once again, congratulations on this outstanding achievement. May your tenure as Chairman be filled with success, fulfillment, and meaningful impact.

Warm regards,
MAZI AFAM OSIGWE, SAN

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NLS LAGOS CHAPTER MEETS, AFBA HAILS SOCIETY ON CAC COURT VICTORY

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NIGERIAN LAW SOCIETY (NLS) RECEIVES SPECIAL ACCOLADE FROM AFRICAN BAR ASSOCIATION (AFBA) ON ITS VICTORY IN COURT

The Nigerian Law Society (NLS) has continued to receive unending commendations and congratulatory messages on its groundbreaking victory in a Suit filed by its Promoters against the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC); wherein the corporate existence of NLS was validated by a Court Order mandating CAC to proceed to register and thereafter issue a certificate of registration to NLS.

The African Bar Association (AFBA), upon receiving a report of the landmark judgment, which has been described by renowned Senior Advocates of Nigeria as a victory for the Nigerian Constitution and lawyers, congratulated the leadership and members of NLS.

In a letter signed by AFBA’s Deputy Secretary General and Acting Secretary of the Governing Council – Cllr. Edjera E. Barchue, and addressed to the President of NLS – Chief Kunle Ogunba, SAN, the Association expressed success wishes to the Society.

Being the “fearless voice of the legal profession” in Africa, AFBA, without any iota of equivocation, reiterated its unrestricted support to NLS as well as all bodies of lawyers in the continent.

As the umbrella body of lawyers and the Bar Association in the Continent, AFBA did not hesitate to highlight the need for a synergy between NLS and NBA for the benefit of legal practitioners in Nigeria.

NLS LAGOS CHAPTER
Maiden Chapter physical Meeting

DATE:
Wednesday, 17th April 2024

TIME: 3pm Prompt

Venue
Kunle Ogunba & Associates,
House 192 A&B, Isale Eko Ave, Dolphin Estate, Lagos

Agenda
1. Opening and welcome
2. Introductions
3. About NLS, Aims and Objects
4. State of the Legal Profession & the Judiciary in Lagos State
5. Establishment of Committees & Related matters
6. 2nd NLS AGC, Ibadan 2024
7. A. O. B
8. Refreshments
9. Adjournment & Closing

Signed
Yomi Omoyele, Esq.
Chapter Secretary

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BENCHERS’ CHAIR: SABASTINE ANYIA HAILS AWOMOLO AS BAR LEADER

SABASTINE ANYIA SALUTES ASIWAJU ADEGBOYEGA AWOMOLO SAN ON HIS EMERGENCE AS THE 52ND CHAIRMAN OT THE BODY OF BENCHERS.

Sabastine Anyia Esq, the Past Chairman of the the Nigerian Bar Association, Aguata Branch and former chairman of Chairmen and Secretaries of NBA in Anambra state salutes a distinguished bar man and a consummate leader ASIWAJU ADEGBOYEGA AWOMOLO SAN as the 52nd Chairman of the Body of Benchers.

I have read before now the great works and sacrifices of this great man. I need not re-emphasize the role he played that resulted in the rebirth of our dear Association, the Nigerian Bar Association.

As the Chairman of Chairmen and Secretaries of the 44 Branches of the Nigerian Bar Association (as at then), he sacrificed his time and resources in facilitating the revival of our noble association, the NBA, after the 1992 Port Harcourt crises.

ASIWAJU is a golden fish that has no hiding place. Even as an elder, he has always exhibited qualities of a true bar man and a consummate leader. You are a role model to members of the legal profession and the society in general. You are a stickler for the rule of law and abhor anything to the contrary.

The legal profession is blessed to have you as one of her leaders. I sincerely envy the Body of Benchers for having you as her chairman at this trying times. Your experience in leadership role will help introduce new innovations in the Body of Benchers.

I’m excited to join millions of Nigerian Bar Association members to celebrate you in this new responsibility and pray God to grant you good health of mind and body as you pilot the affairs of this great body. Once again, congratulations.

Sabastine Anyia Esq.

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‘MY RECORD OF SERVICE AS NBA BWARI CHAIR,’ BY MOHAMMED TSAV

My humble Record of Service at NBA Bwari

After a sober reflection, with my keen interest in the legal profession and service, I offered my service to Bwari Bar.

The Branch foundation has been laid by my two predecessors who are the founding fathers of the branch.

It was imperative for it to grow both in attendance and prominence. I took up this responsibility as the elected Chairman to move the Bar forward. As the Chairman NBA Bwari Branch, I initiated the Capital Bar Law Journal publication in the branch, using my extensive influence in the academic circle to gather and garner rich scholarly articles for the take off and sustenance of the journal.

It is a great contribution to the bar and legal education within and outside the FCT. Interestingly, some other associations in the FCT have followed suit. Some of these associations consulted the branch for guidance at take off their publications.

The journal publication provided a unique opportunity for some of our colleagues in the Nigerian Law School and nearby university colleges whose contributions in the said journal have served as the basis for their career promotions and assessments. For this reason alone, the branch prominence started gathering momentum.

Better still, my orientation was infused with the progressive thought, idea that helped towards building the branch at the critical period.

I, therefore, employed as a tool for social change, knowledge and continuing legal education tool to drive the branch and to attract members. We had our young lawyers and the members of the branch, engaged in both local and international conferences towards access and training in ADR, Advocacy Skills, and Criminal Litigations, the list is interminable.

Our partnership with Nigeria Chamber of Commerce, Dispute Resolution Centre, Abuja, Chief Bayo Ojo SAN, International Arbitration and Conciliation outfit, and Centre for Socio-Legal Studies by Prof. Akinseye-George, SAN, was rewarding and impactful. The partnership had led to foray of engaging and impactful activities for members outside their legal practice.

The branch, following its constitutional mandate of promotion of the rule of law, had taken up the gauntlet of social and legal interventions in addressing the perennial social injustice in the community. Bwari Branch, stood firmly and spoke loudly against all forms of oppressions within the jurisdiction and the FCT’s community. That served as the beginning of nurturing the progressive idea that kept resonating as a force in the FCT.

This has created niche for the branch in the comity of other branches and earned Bwari Branch its prominence and as recipient of the several awards from the reputable legal blogs and organisations.

The knowledge’s tool as one of the key factors in my administration, consequently reflected in the equipment of the secretariat of the branch. To this end my administration in partnership with the law publishers, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Legal Aids Council (LACON) and research institutes created a vast library of law books, reports and journals accessible to all.

My training and experience in the United Kingdom availed a lot in the area of Law and Practice of Meetings which I brought to bear in the branch. I introduced the modern filing system, store keeping and management of the branch’s document and property to the admiration of our members and guests.

My administration, for the ease of movement and coordination of the branch’s activities for the first time, facilitated a functional bus for the use of the Executive Committee of the branch.

I have served at the different capacities after my chairmanship at the branch within and without the NBA.

I am the current President of Rotary Club, Abuja (Ambassador District).

Mohammed I. Tsav Esq.
Chairman-Emeritus
NBA Bwari Branch

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OJUKWU’S WILL: BIANCA WINS COURT BATTLE AGAIN

An Enugu State High Court presided over by Justice Anthony Onovo has dismissed a suit brought by Chief Debe Odumegwu-Ojukwu challenging the right of Mrs. Bianca Odumegwu-Ojukwu to the estate of her deceased husband and Igbo Leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu.

Debe had urged the court to declare that Ojukwu died intestate and that he was the first son of the Igbo Leader who was entitled to his estate.

The plaintiff had also sought an order restraining Mrs. Odumegwu-Ojukwu from interfering with the administration of the estate of the late Odumegwu-Ojukwu as well as a declaration that he was entitled to the Letter of Administration to the estate.

Though the Biafra leader died on November 26, 2011, Bianca and Mr. James Ezike were named as first and second defendants respectively, having also been named in Ojukwu’s will as trustees and executors of his estate.

Delivering the judgement which lasted for over two hours, Justice Onovo held that the plaintiff was unable to prove that he was acknowledged by the late Odumegwu-Ojukwu in his lifetime as his biological son.

The court held that it is the prerogative of a man to recognize a child allegedly born out of wedlock as his child, adding that acknowledgement of paternity could also be inferred from certain acts by a father towards a purported son. Justice Onovo held that such acts were not present in the instant case .

Though the plaintiff had averred that he had been recognized by groups, associations and other members of society as a son of the late Dim Odumegwu-Ojukwu, the court held that mere public opinion could not be the sole basis for determining the paternity of a child.

CITY LAWYER recalls that the plaintiff had also challenged the validity of the will on the basis of typographical errors and signatories, arguing that Odumegwu-Ojukwu died intestate. The court however disagreed and held that the will and codicil were properly and validly made.

Turning to the right of the children of the deceased plaintiff to challenge Ojukwu’s will, having substituted their father upon his demise in 2018, the court held that in order to have the locus to challenge the will, they must first prove that they are the grandchildren of the late Dim Odumegwu-Ojukwu and entitled to the benefits accruing from his estate.

Justice Onovo queried: “Since in the suit initiated by the plaintiff, their father, he was unable to prove himself to be a son of the Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, then on what basis would the children of the plaintiff be challenging the will of the latter? Having failed to prove this, they have no beneficiary interest through their father Chief (Dr.) Debe Odumegwu Ojukwu, in the estate of the late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, and there is therefore no merit to this case.”

CITY LAWYER recalls that the matter was instituted by Debe in 2013 challenging the validity of the late Ojukwu’s will, moreso as he was not named in the will as Ojukwu’s son.

The court had distilled the issues to include: whether from the evidence before the court, the plaintiff had adduced enough evidence to establish that he was a son of the deceased and had been acknowledged as such by the deceased in his lifetime; whether the deceased’s will was properly and validly made, and whether the plaintiff, and by extension the children of the plaintiff, were entitled to benefit from the estate of the deceased Odumegwu-Ojukwu.

The plaintiff was upon his demise substituted by his two daughters, Nene Grace and Obianuju Sarah. Though their substitution was challenged by counsel to the defendants, Messrs Emeka Onyemelukwe and Ngozi Abafor, it was allowed by the court.

CITY LAWYER recalls that a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja had last July delivered judgement in favour of the former beauty queen and her children in a case involving the management and control of some assets belonging to Ojukwu Transport Ltd (OTL). OTL is the family company of which Ojukwu was a Director prior to his death.

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‘NBA ELECTIONS AND DISCRIMINATION AGAINST OFFICIAL BAR,’ BY ANTHONY WAMAH

In this article, MR ANTHONY OMAH WAMAH, an Assistant Director in the Rivers State Ministry of Justice, a former Chairman of Law Officers Association of Nigeria (Rivers State Chapter) and a Member of the NBA Judiciary Committee, decries the “discrimination” against the Official Bar in matters of NBA Elections and ‘stamp and seal’

It has been my concern that we long to have a better Nigerian Bar Association and as a member, we should collectively work for the overall good of the Association and similarly, the Association too should promote our welfare, wellbeing, our benefits and overall good of all members and not only a few persons.

I have been a member of Port Harcourt Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association for over 17 years and have taken very great steps in ensuring that the Bar adopts global best practices even at the NBA National, I have been privileged to advise so many national officers – especially the incoming President, Secretary, Vice President, Welfare officers etc – on how best to promote happiness for all lawyers who belong to the Bar Association and pay their practicing fees and branch dues.

One sure way is to ensure that the welfare of members is paramount; and if we seek the best interest of members – whether of the private Bar, Official Bar, Corporate etc – everybody will attend. The BEST INTEREST OF MEMBERS SHOULD BE THE PURSUIT OF NBA EITHER AT THE BRANCH LEVEL AND NATIONAL LEVEL.

I must commend the various innovations towards National WELFARE, especially the enlarged/ enhanced National Health Insurance by Mr. Olumide Anthony Akpata, former NBA PRESIDENT and subsequent enrollment by Y. C. MAIKYAU, SAN. I look forward to a better performance this year and next year from the would-be president of the Nigerian Bar Association.

I must commend the NEW NBA AGC from 2021, the Mentorship scheme, NBA ICLE, NBA FREE MEDICAL SCHEME AT THE LAST YEAR CONFERENCE, employment scheme, opportunities for the disabled women and children and young lawyers ( Law Pavilion Primsol) and all the legal resources, interventions when members are assaulted by military and paramilitary, the NBA REMUNERATION ORDER and committee, the enhanced financial savings and pursuit of integrity and independence of the Bar.

I must also commend the improvement in the NBA AGC for some years now, and I pray that this year will be better than last year in all ramifications.

All branches of the NBA should protect their members against all harmful actions when they are discharging their lawful duties. Branches can compliment the National Health Insurance scheme for their members. The branches too can establish a co-operative society to assist their members. Money paid as welfare dues should be channeled to the benefit of members.

I want to humbly and sincerely draw the attention of the NBA NATIONAL – especially our President and Secretary – to the issue of discrimination against those in the official and corporate Bar with respect to “Stamp and Seal” and holding the office of the President, Secretary and 1st Vice President.

I wish to say that rather than breaking the Bar into units or parts, let us come together and promote a robust, global bar where love, unity and overall good of everybody will be achieved.

Together, we will all make our dear NBA the best for all.

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AFAM OSIGWE EXTOLS AWOMOLO AS BENCHERS’ CHAIR

Afam Osigwe, SAN congratulates Chief Adegboyega S. Awomolo SAN (Life Bencher) on his assumption of office as Chairman Body of Benchers

I congratulate you on your assumption of office as Chairman of the Body of Benchers. This esteemed position is a testament to your unwavering dedication, exceptional leadership, and remarkable achievements throughout your illustrious career.

Your appointment reflects your outstanding legal expertise. As a distinguished Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and a Life Bencher, your contributions to the legal profession have been invaluable, inspiring countless individuals and shaping the course of justice in our society.

Your new role as Chairman of the Body of Benchers carries significant responsibilities. under your guidance, I am confident that the Body of Benchers will continue to uphold the highest standards of legal education, professional conduct, and ethical practice, ensuring that the legal profession remains a beacon of justice and fairness in our society.

Please accept my sincerest wishes for success and fulfillment as you embark on this important chapter of your journey. May your tenure as Chairman be marked by continued achievements, meaningful contributions, and profound impact, leaving a lasting legacy for generations to come.

Hearty Congratulations, Sir

AFAM OSIGWE, SAN

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