Following the jut concluded election of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Yola Branch, the newly elected Executive Members were sworn in today Wednesday, 18 07 18, by Hon. Justice Nathan Musa at High Court No. 1, Yola. Continue reading Aji Abubakar Kamale emerges chairman NBA Yola branch
Should the stamps be issued free to practitioners? I am reluctant to promise any free service or item to practitioners when I do not know, as at date, the health status of the NBA’s finances and in particular, our outstanding liabilities. Continue reading Should the stamps be issued free to practitioners? Paul Usoro’s reflections
KUNLE EDUN FOR PUBLICITY SECRETARY: A MAN OF ACTION—CHECK HIS PROFILE.
KUNLE EDUN was called to the Nigerian bar in 1999 and he is the immediate past *VICE CHAIRMAN of the radioactive NBA Warri branch.* He has served the Nigerian Bar Association in different capacities, at branch, zonal and national levels, including: Continue reading KUNLE EDUN IS A COMPETENT AND CONSUMATE BAR MAN WITH AN EYE ON PROGRESSIVE IDEAS
The Nigerian Bar Association, Idemili branch has sent a strong worded letter to the commissioner of Police over the harassment of a sitting High Court Judge in Anambra State, Justice PNT Otti. Continue reading NBA Idemili writes Commissioner of Police over Harassment of a Judge.
The High Court today began hearing a dispute over legal aid reforms, which the Law Society says will amount to as much as a 37% fee cut for practitioners. Continue reading High Court showdown over legal aid fees begins
Paul Usoro and Eastern Bar Forum -FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Is Paul Usoro qualified to run for the Presidency of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)?
ANSWER: Yes he is and he has been cleared to run by the Election Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (ECNBA)
- But the Presidency was zoned to the Eastern Zone?
ANSWER: Yes it was zoned to the Eastern Zone which pursuant to section 2.2(ii) of the third schedule of the NBA Constitution includes Abia, Imo, River, Enugu, Anambra,Cross River,Akwa Ibom and Bayelsea .
- I heard Paul Usoro was not adopted by the Eastern Zone.
ANSWER: Eastern Zone? That is not correct.The EasternZone did not adopt anybody.
- How about Eastern Bar Forum(EBF)?
ANSWER: The Eastern Bar Forum is an association of about 150 members out of more than 15,000 Lawyers in the Eastern Zone .The NBA does not recognize it and there are other lawyers association in the Eastern Zone too so if a small group decides to adopt their member, it is unreasonable to say the whole of the Eastern Zone did.
- Does the NBA Constitution recognize any of these groups?
ANSWER: No. They are unknown to the NBA.
- The Eastern Bar Forum has been saying that it is the turn of the Igbo speaking part of the Zone.
ANSWER: That Association is first of all not recognized by the NBA.Fromtheir Structure,it is made up of people from Old Imo State, Old Anambra State,Old Cross Rivers and Old Rivers State. All these sub zones have produced presidents except old Cross River State so how did they arrive at that?
- Again, the EBF has said that it is not yet the turn of the non Igbo speaking part.
ANSWER: Ok, let us look at history a bit. Since Post crises NBA (1998) the following have been president of the NBA.
- Onueze Chukwujinka Joseph Okocha- Igbo Speaking
- Olisa Agbakoba- Igbo speaking
- Okechukwu Wali- Igbo Speaking
So what exactly are they saying?
- They Said they called Paul Usoro to contest against Okechukwu Wali in 2012 but he refused?
ANSWER: That is the most ridiculous of all allegations. Paul Usoro is not a member of EBF and has never been. How could they have called a person that is not their member to come and contest against their member in 2012? Okechukwu Wali has been a dedicated and loved member of EBF.Ebf could not have invited someone to contest against him especially a non member. This is common sense.
- What is the agreement in respect of General Secretary?
ANSWER: The position of the General Secretary is an Important position,all the time it came to the zone, the following took it
A. Philip Ndubuisi Ume- Igbo Speaking
B. Emeka Obegolu- Igbo Speaking
C. Afam Osigwe- Igbo Speaking
10. Are we not tribalising?
ANSWER: Well, the 2015 Constitution of the NBA tries to ensure fairness; so within the ambit of the constitution of the Nigerian Bar Association which recognizes zoning, it may not be called tribalising.
- I did not know all these about this EBF controversy. More Lawyers should be informed about this.
ANSWER: We agree with you. It has been sold perfectly well to lawyers who do not know. Kindly help educate lawyers on this issue.
NWORU v. STATE (2018) LPELR-44640(CA)
PRACTICE AREA: EVIDENCE
When a person comes to court as witness and in giving his evidence, he spews both hot and cold, can the Court filter the ones to believe and discard the rest? The Court of Appeal Per OGUNWUMIJU, J.C.A in NWORU v. STATE (2018) LPELR-44640(CA) has held that: ‘The Court cannot pick and choose which portion of the evidence of prosecution witness to believe. It is either the witness is a truthful witness or an outright liar whose total evidence must be evaluated as credible or incredible as the case may be.” Continue reading The court cannot pick and choose which portion of the evidence of a witness to believe
If I had any doubts as to the need and urgency for NBA electoral reforms, those doubts have been completely erased by my recent experiences in the run-up to the 2018 NBA Elections. As is commonly known, I am contesting with two others for the office of the NBA President and as part of my consultations in the different Branches of the Association for votes, I was in Port Harcourt recently where my supporters had planned an interactive cocktail party for me at the NBA House. Continue reading Reflections – NBA Electoral reforms PAUL USORO, SAN FCIArb “Non-Inclusive Bar”
I felicitate with my brother silk, Chief Emeka Ngige [S.A.N], Ikemba n’Alor as he celebrates his birthday today. On this auspicious occasion of his birthday I join other members of our great association the Nigerian Bar Association particularly the Lagos Continue reading Paul Usoro SAN felicitates with Emeka Ngige SAN on his birthday