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SAN Okoli, seeks caretaker committee over NBA crisis

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A Former Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Lagos Branch Chairman, Mr. Chijioke Okoli (SAN) has urged the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen (GCON) to set up a Caretaker Committee to run the affairs of the troubled NBA.

In a letter dated June 9, 2017 and signed by him, Okoli noted that Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had “unequivocally and pointedly” nullified the amended 2015 NBA Constitution “and everything done or purported to have been done thereunder.”

He argued: “The NBA leadership under Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN), having been ushered into office on the basis of elections conducted under the said constitution, has unquestionably lost legal validity.”

He noted that rather than comply with the dictates of the judgment, the NBA leadership has ignored it.

Okoli observed that he had on May 24, 2017 written to Mahmoud to draw his attention to these anomalies, adding that the crisis “requires decisive intervention by leaders of the Bar and all those primarily concerned with the administration of justice in our country.”

He specifically urged the Body of Benchers, of which the Chief Justice is chairman, to redress the situation.



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