The General Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Joyce Oduah has been suspended “with immediate effect” by the National Executive Committee (NBA-NEC), CITY LAWYER can authoritatively report. 

A ranking member who attended the NBA-NEC meeting told CITY LAWYER that the National Officers unanimously resolved to suspend Oduah and appoint Ms. Uche Nwadialo as Acting General Secretary. 

CITY LAWYER gathered that NBA President, Mr. Olumide Akpata recused himself from the meeting while Oduah validated all the statements credited to her by the social media. She subsequently exited the virtual meeting held this morning by the NBA-NEC. 

The source told CITY LAWYER that that the decision was based on Section 9(6)d) of the NBA Constitution which empowers the NBA-NEC to act in matters of emergency, subject to ratification of the NBA National Executive Council.

According to the source, the NBA-NEC reasoned that it would be inappropriate for Oduah to continue in her position, especially as preparations for the NBA AGM and NEC Meetings are in top gear, “and moreso as these are transtion NEC and AGM Meetings.”

CITY LAWYER gathered that a formal statement on the NBA-NEC decision will follow shortly. 

CITY LAWYER had reported that there were plans by NBA-NEC to impeach Oduah.

More details soon.