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Equity Odili’s home assault might cost Malami SAN title, says NBA president

The Nigerian Bar Association has kept on smoldering over the attack of the Abuja home of Supreme Court Justice, Mary Odili, by specialists of the Federal Government last week.

The President of the NBA, Olumide Akpata, at an exceptional press instructions in Lagos on Friday, depicted the activity as appalling and the social occasion of an unfavorable cover over the legal executive, saying it was suggestive of how agents of the Department of State Services in 2016 attacked the homes of seven appointed authorities and how a previous Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen (retd.), was “unlawfully eliminated from office,” in front of the 2019 general races.

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Akpata promised that the NBA would remain determined to guarantee that those behind the most recent activity were exposed and rebuffed, to end “the attack on the legal executive.”

He said the NBA would not acknowledge the whirlwind of disavowals by the Attorney General of the Federation and security offices that they didn’t know anything about the activity.

He said the NBA additionally dismissed the board being set up by the AGF to research the matter on the grounds that the AGF himself has a case to reply and he was unable to be an adjudicator in his own case.

He, consequently, approached the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to set up a free board to disentangle the entertainers behind the intrusion of Justice Odili’s home.

Akpata said, “We are approaching the President, the top of the chief arm of government, to set up a free board of request, to investigate this attack on the legal executive, which is one more arm of government in light of the fact that there is a foreboding shadow hanging and all fingers are pointing at the leader as being behind this activity.

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“Common sense would suggest that Mr President should step in promptly, to set up this board of request, which, at the base, will have a legal official and the NBA involved so we can make quick work of this issue and inquire: who gave that guidance?”

Akpata said the NBA would likewise do its own housekeeping, vowing that, “if we observe that any legal counselor was associated with this sad episode, that attorney will be exposed to our disciplinary systems and that legal advisor will bite the bullet.”

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The NBA President said, “We note that the Attorney General of the Federation has allegedly consented to make himself accessible for examination. This is reliable with the situation of the National Executive Council of the NBA, such that the Attorney General most certainly has inquiries to address. In any case, he can’t expose himself to a board that he sets up. This is the reason the board to be set up by the President is exceptionally essential.

“Assuming the Attorney General is seen as punishable, as a legal counselor, we will take him before the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee and the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee; since, in such a case quite that, he is found to have given the orders that prompted the attack of the home of the Justice of the Supreme Court, then, at that point, he isn’t fit to hold the workplace he involves by and by and keep on being the beneficiary of the advantages the calling has concurred to him.”

Inquired as to whether the NBA has the ability to teach the AGF, Akpata added, “There is a system, and that is for us to bring him before the LPDC and how does the LPDC respond? What is a definitive approval, among others? He can be halted from providing legal counsel. How does the LPPC respond, among others? The LPPC can strip him of the position of Senior Advocate of Nigeria and furthermore the Body of Benchers can reexamine his life enrollment of that body. Thus, without beating around the bush, those are the means that the NBA can take.”


The NBA President said move was additionally being made against the Abuja judge, Emmanuel Iyanna, who gave the court order prompting the intrusion of Justice Odili’s home.

“Inquiries should be posed of the quality and adequacy of the materials set before His Worship prior to giving the court order in any case. The NBA National Executive Council accepts that even on a quick perusing of the materials set before His Worship, there is a by all appearances proof that the court order should not to have been given in the situation,” he said.



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