The leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has unanimously suspended from office, the general secretary of the association, Mrs Joyce Oduah.
Nine of the eleven members who signed the resolution authorizing the suspension also resolved to refer Mrs Oduah to the NBA national executive committee for disciplinary action and to recommend her removal from office for gross misconduct.
The document titled, resolution of the meeting of the national executive committee of the Nigerian bar association held on Monday, 15th august 2022, says that following the receipt of a letter dated 14th august from nine national officers of the NBA calling on the president, Olumide Akpata to call an emergency meeting of the NEC, the meeting held at 8am, Monday morning with all national officers of the association present.
The meeting deliberated extensively on the content of the letter and the weighty allegations against the general secretary, Mrs Oduah and in particular her acts of alleged disobedience to the president, the national executive council of the association and the national executive committee.
Owing to the issues to be discussed, the president of the bar was said to have recused himself from the deliberations and handed over to the fist vice president, John Aikpokpo-Martins to chair the meeting.
Ahead of the annual general meeting of the association scheduled to hold at the annual general conference on the 25th of August, the leadership also resolved that the assistant general secretary, Uche Nwadialo shall act as the general secretary pending the pre conference meeting of the NBA-national executive council scheduled to hold on Sunday, the 21st of August.
The issues leading to the suspension of Mrs Oduah began over the weekend when the general secretary sent out a mail to members to withdraw notices of proposed amendment to the constitution of the NBA earlier sent out on the 27th & 28th of july by the general secretary and the assistant general secretary.
In a swift response, the NBA president, Olumide Akpata issued a disclaimer to the effect that the notices sent out by the general secretary was done without any approval and consultation with the national bar leadership and as such, the earlier notices remain valid until a decision is reached at the NBA annual general meeting.
The annual general meeting scheduled to hold during the annual general conference will be the last AGM under the Akpata administration.
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Bamise: Again, Absence Of BRT Driver’s Lawyer Stalls Court Hearing
The trial of Andrew Ominikoron, a BRT driver who allegedly raped and murdered Oluwabamise Ayanwole, a 22-year-old fashion designer, again failed to go on today owing to the absence of his lawyer.
The lawyer, Abayomi Omotubora, arrived at the Lagos High Court, sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square after the trial judge, Justice Sherifat Sonaike, had adjourned the hearing to Thursday owing to his absence.
It is about the fifth time that Omotubora would be absent from the court hearing since the start of the trial.
He was absent at the court proceedings on July 30 but sent a junior counsel. He was also absent at the proceedings of June 7th and 9th.
At the last sitting of the court on July 7, where he was again absent, Justice Sonaike condemned his continuous absence. The judge described it as “appalling and unbecoming of the noble profession.”
The court also ordered the defendant to get a lawyer to defend him before adjourning till today, Sept 28.
When the journalist sought to know what happened after he arrived late to today’s proceeding, the lawyer said that he came all the way from the Ikorodu area of the state to the TBS.
On his repeated absence, the lawyer said that he also has other matters to attend to.
“This is not the only matter, I have to appear for other matters too,” he said.
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High Court Orders Obi’s Supporters Not To Converge At Lekki Toll Gate
The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the Labour Party and its supporters not to converge at the Lekki toll gate for its #Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally billed to hold on the 1st of October, 2022.
The court also directed the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, and the Lagos State Police Commissioner, Abiodun Alabi, to ensure compliance with the order.
Justice Daniel Osiagor made the order today while ruling on a motion for injunction brought by 10 plaintiffs, who are asking the court to, among others, restrain the LP, its presidential candidate Peter Obi, his running mate Datti Baba-Ahmed, one Julius Abure and their loyalists from holding the rally.
The court also held that while Obi’s supporters cannot stop at the Lekki toll gate, they can pass through the venue to access Falomo Bridge and other venues at which the rally plans to meet.
A preliminary objection filed by the defendants seeking to stop the court from hearing the motion on the grounds that it lacked jurisdiction could however not be entertained as all parties to the suit had not been served.
The court adjourned hearing of the substantive suit to November 4, 2022.
In the suit, 10 plaintiffs are Adedotun Ajulo Esq., Salamatu Suleiman Lewi Esq., Hakeem Ijaduola, Esq., Ogunbona Akinpelu Esq., Owolabi K. Oluwasegun, Esq., Mogbojuri Kayode Esq., Wuyep Mantim Nadom Esq., Dimimu Mabel, Esq., Kolawole Salami, Esq. and Mr. Wale Abe Lawrence.
The 1st to 10th defendants are Obi, LP, Baba-Ahmed, Abure, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Commissioner of Police (Lagos State Command), Director-General (Department of State Services), Lekki Concession Company (LCC) Limited, Attorney-General of Lagos State and The Governor of Lagos State.
In the substantive suit, the plaintiffs are arguing among other things that a repeat or celebration of the “infamous” EndSARS protest of 2020 under the political guise of “#Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally” will cause a breakdown of peace and will result in post-traumatic stress disorder for them and the public.
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Terrorism: Nnamdi Kanu’s Lawyer Accuses FG Of Hypocrisy
Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the Lead Counsel for the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) again questioned the Federal Government of Nigeria over the June 2021 arrest and extradition of his client, Nnamdi Kanu.
Ejiofor in a statement on Wednesday accused Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation, of “hypocrisy”.
He queried why authorities did not subject IPOB leader, Kanu, to extradition proceedings before a court of law – just as suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, was afforded.
He also accused the Nigerian government of terrorism for the manner Kanu was captured in Kenya and “renditioned” to Nigeria.
Read Ejiofor’s full statement below:
The Honorable Attorney General of the Federation (Abubakar Malami, SAN) is aware of the existence of this NIGERIAN Extradition Act, Cap E25, Laws of the Federation 2004, particularly the compelling provision of Section 15 of this Extradition Act, yet, he proceeded on a gross violation of this Law, to participate in the criminal abduction of Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from Kenya, and extraordinarily renditioned him to Nigeria, instead of subjecting him to this extradition proceedings as also mutually provided under Kenyan Laws.
Pertinent to note that this same AGF also subjected the disgraced/suspended ACP Abba Kyari to the same extradition proceedings before the Nigerian Court.
So, why was Mazi Nnamdi Kanu not afforded the same opportunity before he was forcefully renditioned to Nigeria?
The law is now settled that the Attorney General of the Federation and his accomplices, committed an act of terrorism under their own very Law, for the manner in which they violated international laws with impunity in the forceful abduction and rendition of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to Nigeria.
It is to be noted also that, Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is by virtue of the provisions of another NIGERIAN Law under Section 2(3)(f) of the Terrorism Prevention (Amendment and Prohibition) Act, 2022, a victim of terrorism. Abubakar Malami SAN is equally aware of the provisions of this law.
In a saner/civil society, the Attorney General of the Federation and his accomplices would be in the prison cooling off, for their flagrant violation of NIGERIAN Laws, which constitutes an act of terrorism. However, and most unfortunately, we are in a country of “anyhowness”, where anything goes.
Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s freedom is sacrosanct and the hour has come, no going back.”
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