‘NBA CAN’T REMOVE OLANIPEKUN AS BENCHERS’ CHAIR,’ SAYS OJO
Former Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Constitution Review Committee has stated that the NBA has no power to remove any member of the Body of Benchers (BoB) including its embattled Chairman, Chief Wole Olanipekun SAN.
In a statement made available to CITY LAWYER, the fiery Bar Leader said that “The NBA has no power to remove any member of the Body of Benchers (including those nominated by the NBA) under any guise,” adding that “The manipulators of the NBA cannot stoke rebellion within or decimate the Body of Benchers by attacking its Chairman.”
CITY LAWYER recalls that NBA President, Mr. Olumide Akpata had in a letter to the Olanipekun, asked him to recuse himself from the seat pending investigation of a Partner in his law firm over alleged professional misconduct.
Ojo stated the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee “has been existing under the Body of Benchers from time immemorial,” adding that its procedure “is not the true reason for the current truancy.”
Taking a swipe at the “Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) cubicle politicians” for “plan to hijack and destroy the legal profession in Nigeria,” Ojo alleged that NBA Treasurer Mercy Agada “exposed their plan to stoke rebellion among Body of BENCHER (sic)” and to employ the NBA in “scattering the table.”
According to Ojo, Agada referred to “we” several times and threatened that “NBA AGC will witness daily protest.” CITY LAWYER recalls that Agada had debunked the allegation.
Said Ojo: “It is very unfortunate that the hirelings are blinded by their inordinate greed. Destruction is in their DNA hence nothing is sacred to them. They are bent on further desecrating the Legal Profession in Nigeria more than they have done already. The conversion of the NBA to their platform to wage war against leaders of the Bar in Nigeria is most unfortunate and conclusive proof that the NBA is being used by the destructive clique as a front to further their mission to decimate the Bar in Nigeria. The veil is already removed and the face of NBA political masquerades and their supporters are being further exposed.”
The full text of the statement is below.
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