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Group berates NBA over failure to fight bad governance, corruption

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Following its election today, some members of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), yesterday, expressed concern over the present state of affairs in Nigeria and within the Bar, urging its emerging leadership to fight for social justice and challenge misrule in the country.

Speaking under the aegis of the Radical Agenda Movement in the Nigerian Bar Association (RAMINBA), it said only a radical NBA could join civil society organisations to ensure responsible leadership in the country, adding that the body had remained too docile to champion the cause of a just society.

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Chairman of RAMINBA, who was an aspirant of the NBA presidency, Adesina Ogunlana, said the Electoral Committee of the NBA (ECNBA) unjustly disqualified him, describing the committee, as “toothless and hypocritical.”

He alleged that he was disqualified because the committee was apprehensive that he would bring the desired change to the association and vowed to challenge his disqualification in court.

Expressing displeasure over the aspirants’ conduct during the campaigns, the group declared that the three presidential candidates do not have what it required to retool the NBA to become an effective vehicle for the country’s socio-political transformation.

Ogunlana said RAMINBA had foreseen chaos in the election, as rigging and manipulation of the electronic voting method adopted by the NBA were rearing its ugly head again.

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“Almost all the candidates in the national elections have expressed doubt about the integrity of the Electronic Voting Platform,” the group added.

Meanwhile, a federal high court in Lagos remanded a businessman, Babatunde Morakinyo and Renocon Properties Development Limited in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC’s) custody.

This followed their arraignment before Justice Rilwan Aikawa by the anti-corruption body for allegedly failing to report to transactions amounting to $1.29m and N46m into the company’s account to the EFCC.

The six counts filed by the EFCC against Morakinyo and Renocon Properties Development Limited bordered on money laundering.

Morakinyo was accused of failing to report four transfers of $1m, $290,703, N16m and N30m into Renocon Properties Development Limited’s account between 2013 and 2015 to the EFCC in writing.

Prosecuting counsel, Ebuka Okongwu said Morakinyo, who is Managing Director of the company, contravened Section 10 (1) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges, while Justice Aikawa adjourned the trial to October 15, 2020, and remanded the defendant in EFCC custody after rejecting the counsel’s oral application for bail.

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