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NBA president condoles with NBA Maiduguri OVER the demise of its past chairman

The statement was released by Kunle Edun, the National Publicity secretary of the NBA. It reads:

The sad news of the sudden demise of Hussaini Bala, a former Chairman of NBA- Maiduguri branch reached the Nigerian Bar Association as a big shock.

The President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Paul Usoro, SAN is deeply pained with the news of this sad loss.

The NBA President therefore, on behalf of the National Officers and members of the Nigerian bar Bar Association commiserates with the leadership and members of the NBA Maiduguri branch over this very sad loss. The NBA President particularly condoles with the members of the family of our departed colleague and prays that the almighty God will grant them the fortitude and grace to bear the loss.

Hussaini Bala was Chairman of Maiduguri branch 2013-2015 . He was a committed bar man who contributed immensely to the growth of the bar in Maiduguri. He also participated actively in national events of the NBA. He was loved by all.

We understand that he has since been buried according to Islamic rites. May Allah Grant him peace.

NBA directs NBA Ikorodu Branch to halt Election into the office of the Vice Chairman of the branch

The NBA has written a letter to the Chairman of Ikorodu branch directing him to halt the conduct of bye-election into the office of the Vice Chairman of the branch scheduled to hold on Friday the 15th of March 2019.

The decision was taken due to a need to investigate allegations contained in a letter sent to the General Secretary of the NBA by the Vice Chairman of the branch.

Details are in the letter below.

NBA HAS NOT QUERIED ALIYU UMAR, SAN

The attention of the Nigerian Bar Association has been drawn to misleading headlines published by some bloggers and national newspapers giving the erroneous impression to members of the public that the Nigerian Bar Association has issued a query against the person of Aliyu Umar, SAN for appearing as a prosecuting counsel in the case against Hon. Mr. Justice Walter N. Onnoghen at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

Please, be informed that the said publication is false and misleading. A proper perusal of the content of the letter of the General Secretary of the NBA, Jonathan Gunu Taidi, will bear this out.

Any member of the Nigerian Bar Association is entitled to send petitions to the NBA against any member who he perceives to have committed any infraction of our Rules of Professional Conduct. When such a petition is received, NBA forwards same to the colleague against whom it is written for his response. That is what the NBA has just done. It is a long standing standard procedure. The Nigerian Bar Association, in adhering to these laid down procedures is impervious to emotions or sentiments.

Therefore, it is misleading to say that NBA has issued a query against the learned silk. The NBA urges members to desist from spreading false news over a process that is at it’s preliminary stage.

We should be properly advised and disregard any motive ascribed to the letter, particularly sensational headlines that are contrary to established facts.

Thanks

Kunle Edun
National Publicity Secretary, NBA.

Cameroon:Cameroon Bar President demands release of Michele Ndoki


The President of the Cameroon Bar Association Barrister Tchakounte Patie has demanded the release of one of its members Michèle Ndoki.
After meeting in Douala on Thursday February 28 in Douala, the Cameroon Bar Association condemned the arrest and called for a stop to the circulation of images on social media.

The Bar further appointed three lawyers, Barristers Onana Désiré, Mang Mayi and Ashu Egbe, to defend them as the Bar says it will meet in the days ahead to examine the matter deeply.
Michèle Ndoki has been detained the Special Operations Unit in Yaounde since Tuesday when she was arrested by security forces under unclear circumstances.

Prison decongestion: Total Nigeria donates #1M to NBA Ikorodu branch

PRISON DECONGESTION: TOTAL NIGERIA DONATES ONE MILLION NAIRA TO NBA IKORODU BRANCH

Total Nigeria yesterday donated the sum of One Million Naira to the Ikorodu Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association. The grant highlights the company’s support for the Free Legal Clinic Initiative of the branch under the leadership of Mr. Adebayo Akinlade.

Remarkably, the branch, through its Pro Bono Committee headed by Mrs. Odunola Jegede has successfully secured the release of over 70 indigent inmates in the last four months. The Pro Bono Committee is accessible to the public at the Ikorodu High Court premises every Thursday. The Committee provides free and quality legal services to indigent members of the public.  

Reacting to the kind gesture of Total Nigeria, Mr. Akinlade commended the company for identifying with the branch’s cause and urged more support for his administration’s quest to offer free legal services to the poor and ensure timely access to justice.

The Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Opeyemi Oke was ably represented by Justice Lawal Akapo at the presentation ceremony which took place at the High Court, Ita-Elewa, Ikorodu yesterday.

Ademola Adenaike (Media Director, NBA Ikorodu Branch)

Abimbola Akeredolu, SAN Prize- 23 finalists emerge

23 finalists have emerged in the 2019 Abimbola Akeredolu SAN Courtroom Mail Prize for female lawyers.
The 23 emerged after correctly answering the quiz of 23rd February 2019 where 84 female lawyers competed to get to the Final stage.
The competition which began on the 4th of February with 285 participants competing at different stages has produced 23 finalists who will compete at the last stage.

The finals will now hold on Saturday 9th of March 2019 and the questions will be posted at 8am.

The first three contestants to post the correct answers to questions posted will win the competition which will close same day.

The names of the finalists are as follows:

  1. Naomi Ekop
  2. Abimbola Adekoya
  3. Mercy Ayodele
  4. Angela Akpeji
  5. Rafiat Shittu
  6. Etimbuk Udofia
  7. Oluwanike Omotayo
  8. Mercy Agbo
  9. Ifedapo Osadola
  10. Chiamaka Jideofor
  11. Blessing Efe Oghene
  12. Adetutu Akinyemi
  13. Taiwo Aledejana
  14. Oshaji Temitope
  15. Isioma Mekunye
  16. Ajarat Yinusa
  17. Sarah Uku
  18. Noah Eniola.
  19. Toyin Adelodu
  20. Nmesoma Nweze
  21. Oluwadamilola Oladimeji
  22. Betty Biayeibo
  23. Hope Kesmen

A dispassionate Evaluation of Steve Sun’s Censorious Protestations Against the Début of NBA’s Online Portal for Bar Practicing Fees

(By Sylvester Udemezue)

A Flashback

At last, Steve Sun has acknowledged the Paul Usoro leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA): In his rejoinder to an article by me, sometime in 2018, my respected learned friend, Steve Nwankwo (aka, Steve Sun) had declared thus:

“…i would’ve joined … in calling for Mr. Paul Usoro (SAN) to step aside but i personally do not recognize him as the NBA President and so i cannot be asking him to divest himself of what i do not recognize him as possessing. Recognizing him as the NBA President would come at the conclusion of the suit filed by Chief Arthur Obi Okafor SAN at the FCT High Court, if it goes in his favour.”(See Steve Sun’s article titled, “Record Breaking 161 First Class: ‘Your Rejoinder Came a bit too Late’ – Steve Sun tells Udemezue” published on https://dnllegalandstyle.com/2018/record-breaking-161-first-class-your-rejoinder-came-a-bit-too-late-steve-sun-tells-udemezue/ accessed on 21 February 2019)
First, I am not aware that there is any case in court, challenging the validity of the election of Mr. Paul Usoro, SAN, as the NBA President. Second, the mere fact that Steve Sun failed or refused to recognize Mr Usoro as the NBA President did not adversely affect the fact that in law and in fact, Paul Usoro became the NBA President on August 30, 2018 and so remains. Refusal or failure by one to accept the truth does not detract from the reality or truthfulness of the truth. As Flannery O’Connor put it, “the truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” This notwithstanding, it is interesting that Mr Steve Sun did not wait for the conclusion of the court case he referred to, before deciding to acknowledge the current leadership of the NBA. By writing to criticise a certain action taken by the NBA leadership under Paul Usoro (SAN) on grounds that the said action is “ultra vires,” Mr Steve Sun has accepted that (a) a leadership subsists, (b) the leadership has taken some action, (c) but that the leadership has “exceeded: its authority. Thank you, dear Steve Sun. The 2018 elections have come and gone. It is time to face the present and forget the past. I enjoin you to join hands with Mr. Usoro and his team in order to lift NBA to greater heights.

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Polls: NBA EWG announces availability and encourages reports from all lawyers

NBA ELECTION WORKING GROUP: REPORTS FROM ALL LAWYERS ARE WELCOME

Dear Noble Colleagues,

The NBA Election Working Group (EWG) is one of the Election Observer Groups accredited by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to observe the forthcoming 2019 general election across the country. The Election Observer Committees set up at the various branches are to work with the NBA Election Working Group (NBA National Election Observation Team) in observing, getting updates and reporting on the Elections in the respective States.

As we prepare to monitor the Presidential and National Assembly elections billed for tomorrow, Saturday the 16th day of February 2019, election in each State of the Federation and Federal Capital Territory, the NBA-EWG has set up a Situation Room at the NBA National Secretariat located at Muhammadu Buhari Way, Central Business District, Abuja. The Situation Room shall be open from 7:30am to 6pm on Saturday the 16th day of February 2019 as well as from 7:30am to 6pm on Saturday March 2, 2019.

To ensure members of the public who may have reports concerning the conduct of the election are able to do so at no cost to them, the NBA has procured Toll Free line which the general public can contact for on-the-spot reportage of the happenings at polling units. Lawyers and all other members of the public are urged to report what they see and not a third party’s account of happening.

The NBA Toll free line is 08003331111. Observations, reports, pictures, videos and updates may be sent to the NBA Twitter handle – @NigBarAssoc with the hashtag #NBAOBSERVERS, NBA Facebook page (Nigerian Bar Association) as well as other NBA related Facebook pages (Lawyers In Nigeria etc) and members may also link up with us on our dedicated Whatsapp line: 09073017996.

We would appreciate observations, reports, pictures, videos and updates from all lawyers irrespective of whether or not you are a member of the Observer Committees of the branches. The idea is to make all lawyers who may go out to vote an “observer’ for purposes of getting eyewitness accounts about the conduct of the elections from as many Polling Units as possible. We count on the professionalism, devotion to duties and nationalistic spirit of the constituted teams and lawyers in the various States of the federation.

We look forward to working with all the branches as well as all lawyers in Nigeria in carrying out this national assignment.

Mazi Afam Osigwe
Chairman NBA Election Working Group

Bar Practice Fees Payment and NBA Online Payment Portal– Rebuttal of Steve Sun’s ARTICLE

  1. Our attention has been drawn to an article published yesterday, 20 February
    2019 by our colleague, Steve Sun, on the online legal blogs, suggesting that the
    payments of Bar Practice Fees (“BPF”) through the NBA Online Payment Portal “is
    ultra vires, no matter how well-intentioned . . . null and void and . . . bound to be
    quashed by the court upon being challenged”. The premise on which he builds his argument is that Section 2(3) of the Legal Practitioners Act, Cap L11 Laws of the
    Federation of Nigeria, 2004 (“LPA”) mandates the payment of the BPF “to the
    Registrar (i.e. the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court)” and he believes and posits
    that the payments of the fees through the NBA Online Payment Portal detracts from
    those provisions.
  2. With great respect to Steve Sun, he is wholly mistaken in his arguments and assumptions. The Bar Practice Fees, whether paid online through the innovative NBA Online Payment Portal or in the old tedious manner of visiting the Bank Branches and lining up to make the payments, all get paid into the same Access Bank Account Number 0000976716 whose Account Holder is “Supreme Court of Nigeria, Abuja (BPF)”. For emphasis and the avoidance of doubt, the Bar Practice Fees that are paid through the NBA Online Payment Portal do not go to any account other than the afore-specified “Supreme Court of Nigeria, Abuja (BPF)” account.
  3. What the NBA has done through its online payment portal is to facilitate an
    efficient, stress-free, technology-driven payment process of the BPF and other NBA￾related payments, for the benefit and comfort of our members, and this is to the
    knowledge of the Supreme Court Chief Registrar and the Honorable Attorney-General of the Federation, both of whom are members of the NBA. There is therefore nothing ultra vires or incompetent howsoever in the innovative online BPF payment method that has been introduced by the NBA. Indeed, this innovative payment facilitation by the NBA is not any different from the role the NBA has always played from time immemorial in encouraging members to make their BPF payments on time.
  4. Finally, we must point out that the inconvenient and manual BPFpayment
    method has not been scrapped; it co-exists side-by-side the online payment system
    for members who, for one reason or the other, may wish or opt to make their
    payments the old-fashioned way. Both payment methods are legitimate and legally
    competent, and they all go to the same purse i.e. Access Bank Account Number
    0000976716 titled “Supreme Court of Nigeria, Abuja (BPF)”.
    Kunle Edun
    Publicity Secretary