BREAKING: NBA-NEC RATIFIES ODUAH’S SUSPENSION AS GENERAL SECRETARY
The National Executive Council of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA-NEC) has ratified the suspension of Mrs. Joyce Oduah as the General Secretary of the association, CITY LAWYER can authoritatively report.
However, the NBA-NEC also ratified the appointment of Ms. Uche Nwadialo as the Acting General Secretary for the association.
The NBA-NEC however fell short of removing Oduah in view of the lawsuit filed by the suspended NBA General Secretary challenging her suspension by the National Officers.
CITY LAWYER recalls that NBA National Officers had in a unanimous decision resolved to suspend Oduah from her position, accusing her of gross misconduct. NBA President, Mr. Olumide Akpata recused himself from the meeting, given his face-off with Oduah. The National Officers had also resolved to recommend Oduah to the NBA-NEC for “removal from office for gross misconduct.”
In an email to NBA members obtained by CITY LAWYER informing them of the resolution to suspend Oduah as General Secretary and signed by nine of the 11 NBA National Executive Committee members, the committee stated that the suspension was based on “weighty allegations against the General Secretary, Mrs Joyce Oduah in particular her acts of alleged disobedience to the President, the National Executive Council of the Association (NBA-NEC) and the National Executive Committee.”
The Committee also stated that “At the end of the deliberations, the National Executive Committee by a unanimous decision, resolved to refer the General Secretary, Mrs Joyce Oduah to NBA-NEC for disciplinary action under the provisions of section 20(1) of the NBA Constitution 2015 (as amended in 2021) and to recommend her removal from office for gross misconduct.”
Oduah has however fought back, dragging NBA to the Federal High Court. Her attempt to secure interim reliefs and superintend over the NBA Secretariat at today’s meeting failed as the court refused to grant her interim reliefs. The matter has been adjourned to Tuesday for hearing of her Motion on Notice.
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