LEDAP KNOCKS EFCC OVER ATTACK ON NBA BRANCH CHAIR

The Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) has berated the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged attack by its operatives on the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Makurdi Branch, Chairman, Mr. Justin Gbagir.

In a statement made available to CITY LAWYER and signed by LEDAP National Coordinator, Mr. Chino Obiagwu (SAN), the group stated that the action of the operatives violates the fundamental rights of the Bar Leader as entrenched in Section 34 of the 1999 Constitution.

The group noted that from a series of events which occurred on June 8, 2021, it was apparent that Gbagir went to the EFCC Makurdi Branch Office to facilitate bail for Miss Aver Shima, a lawyer with the Benue Sate Ministry of Justice.

Said LEDAP: “From our understanding, Ms. Shima was remanded following an allegation of a legal advice she gave the Chairman of the Universal Basic Education Board and as such is currently undergoing investigation.

“Following this incident, Mr. Gbagir, in the company of other members of the Ministry of Justice visited the EFCC office in Makurdi, but was refused entry into the premises and subjected to humiliation and degrading treatment by the security operatives at the gate; on the allegation that they are ‘agitators’ who have come to protest.

“It took the intervention of the Senior Special Adviser to the Governor, Attorney General of the state and Solicitor General of the state before the delegation was allowed entry into the building.

“Also, we understand that when Mr. Gbagir was introduced to the EFCC Chairman, as the Chairman of the NBA Makurdi branch, he was denied all courtesy. This infuriated Mr. Gbagir and as a result, sought to leave the premises. However, he was swarmed and assaulted by operatives of EFCC, the actions of which were approved by the silent conduct of the EFCC Chairman.”

LEDAP stated that the action of the EFCC operatives not only undermined the position of the NBA chairman, but also of all lawyers. It viewed the action as a mockery of lawyers’ constitutional role as members of the third arm of government.

LEDAP pointed out that the EFCC security operatives were ALSO in breach of Section 34 of the 1999 Constitution on the right to dignity and right to freedom from torture, inhuman or degrading treatment.

LEDAP urged the EFCC to publish an apology to the victim, and demanded that the Attorney General & Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN) should prosecute the errant officers, adding: “Henceforth, the EFCC is demanded to treat all lawyers with respect in all legal dealings with them.”

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ABUJA AGOG AS NBA-CLE TRAINING HOLDS TOMORROW

Lawyers and other practitioners in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja will by tomorrow have an opportunity to participate in a Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) accredited Continuing Legal Education (NBA-CLE) programme on Company Law and Corporate Governance.

Facilitated by the Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) under the NBA Institute of Continuing Legal Education (NBA-ICLE) “Mandatory Continuing Legal Education” programme, the two courses will be delivered by senior lawyers and subject matter experts on December 2 and 3, 2019 respectively.

For the Company Law module, the sub-themes that are planned to be covered include Directors, Secretary & Officers of a Company; Rules of Federal High Court; Derivative Actions/Minority Rights; Mergers & Acquisition; Company Proceedings and Investment Disputes; Introduction to Investments & Securities Act as well as Company Securities, Capital Market Practice and Flotation of Securities.

The Corporate Governance module is billed to cover such topics as Origin of Corporate Governance; Development of Corporate Governance in Nigeria; Codes of Corporate Government in Nigeria including the SEC, CBN, NAICOM and Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRCN) codes of corporate governance. Other sub-themes are Board Evaluation and Audit as well as “Salient Points on Corporate Governance” including Corporate Governance Framework, Board Responsibilities, Separation of role of Chairman from Chief Executive, Board Committees, Conflict of interest, Corporate Social Responsibility, Board Charter, Board Evaluation, Induction Training and Succession Planning.

The training will be held at The Den Hotel, 20 Agadez Crscent, Wuse 2, Abuja.

While the course fee for the two-day subsidized training has been pegged at N40, 000, young lawyers between 1-7 years post-call will receive a further discount of 40% to be shaved off the course fee.

According to the organisers, interested participants are to pay the course fee into the “LEDAP-MCLE COURSE” Account Number 1016147835 at Zenith Bank Plc. For more information, please call 0906-000-7472 or email info@nba-mcle-ledapnigeria.org.

Founded in 1997 and led by foremost pro bono activist, Mr. Chino Obiagwu SAN, LEDAP is a non-governmental organization engaged in the promotion and protection of human rights, the rule of law and good governance in Nigeria. It has observer status with the Africa Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

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