• Few bad lawyers should not lead to total condemnation, NBA tells Obasanjo

    Few bad lawyers should not lead to total condemnation, NBA tells Obasanjo

    It was gathered that the Nigeria Bar Association on Thursday told former President Olusegun Obasanjo that the presence of a few bad eggs in the legal profession should not lead to total condemnation of all members of the profession.

    It said it was aware that the profession currently parades some unscrupulous members and that everything was being done to fish them out and bring them to justice.

    NBA’s reaction was to the lecture delivered on Wednesday by the former President during which […]

  • NBA, CJN reach understanding on fate of arrested judges

    NBA, CJN reach understanding on fate of arrested judges

    Without issuing a harmonized statement on the controversial arrest of judges over allegation of corruption, Nigeria’s body of lawyers and the Nigeria Judicial Council (NJC) have resolved their differences on the matter.

    A quiet meeting the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) held with the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Mahmud Mohammed, in Abuja on Thursday, October 27, led to the understanding on positions previously taken by both parties on the matter.

    The meeting, it was gathered, was attended by NBA President, Abubakar Mahmoud, […]

  • Olanipekun faults NBA, says placing judges on leave dangerous to judiciary

    Olanipekun faults NBA, says placing judges on leave dangerous to judiciary

    Contrary to the position canvassed by the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) that judges arrested for alleged corruption should be asked to resign pending the resolution of the matter, a senior lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), has warned that such would lead to the total collapse of the judicial arm.

    Olanipekun said though he was in support of the NBA president, Mr Mahmoud Abubakar, in his view that the bench should be rid of corruption, but the integrity of the judiciary will […]

  • SANs back NBA boss, say arrested judges must quit

    SANs back NBA boss, say arrested judges must quit

    According to reports, the Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria has backed call by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) President, Abubakar Mahmoud, saying arrested judges had to proceed on leave of absence, pending when they would be given a clean bill of health.

    The Body met in Lagos, yesterday, to endorse every action taken by Mahmoud on the matter.

    At the meeting were the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice. Also in attendance was Joe-Kyari Gadzama (SAN), who met […]

  • NJC disagrees with NBA over call for judges’ suspension

    NJC disagrees with NBA over call for judges’ suspension

    The dust raised by the arrest of some judges by the Department of State Security Services [DSS] is yet to settle as the National Judicial Council [NJC]  yesterday disagreed with the Nigerian Bar Association’s [NBA] call for the suspension of the affected judicial officers currently under investigation over alleged corrupt practices.

    Seven judicial officers comprising two justices of the Supreme Court and judges of the Appeal and High Courts across the country were arrested during sting operations by the Secret agency. […]

  • DSS arrest: NBA seeks suspension of affected judges

    DSS arrest: NBA seeks suspension of affected judges

    According to reports, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has asked judges arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) over allegation of corruption to suspend sitting and proceed on compulsory suspension.

    NBA President Abubakar Mahmud (SAN), who made the request in Abuja yesterday, urged the judges to recuse themselves from all judicial activities until their innocence is proven.

    He said the accusation between the affected judicial officers and some politicians and institutions, following the arrests, has made it imperative for the National […]

  • Arrested judges should excuse themselves from judicial functions – NBA

    Arrested judges should excuse themselves from judicial functions – NBA

    According to reports, the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) appeared to have shifted from its earlier position on the arrest of judges recently by the Department of State Services (DSS) over alleged corrupt practices.

    Speaking on Thursday during the valedictory session in honour of Justice Sotonye Denton West, Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal, NBA President, Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN), noted that in order to safeguard the sanctity of the judiciary, it has become necessary for the judges involved in the ongoing […]

  • Osinbajo, NBA executives meet in Aso Rock

    Osinbajo, NBA executives meet in Aso Rock

    Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday met behind closed doors with the new Executives members of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

    The meeting came at a time the executive is perceived in some quarters to be persecuting the judiciary arm of government with the Department of State Services (DSS) arresting some judges over allegations of corruption.

    No official statement has been issued concerning the purpose of the visit and issues discussed at the time of filing this […]

  • Withdraw your support for arrested judges – Group tells NBA

    Withdraw your support for arrested judges – Group tells NBA

    Hundreds of protesters under the umbrella body of Nigerians United Against Corruption‎ on Thursday marched to the headquarters of the Nigerian Bar Association in Abuja, calling on the lawyers to withdraw their support for judges arrested on allegations of corruption.

    They also urged the NBA not to support corruption in any form.

    ‎Led by Comrade Ogenyi Okpokwu, NUAC, in a protest letter submitted to the National President of the NBA, Abubakar Mahmoud, also called on the umbrella body of lawyers to set […]

  • Stop associating Buhari with DSS arrest of judges – Ex-Reps member tells NBA

    Stop associating Buhari with DSS arrest of judges – Ex-Reps member tells NBA

    A former member of the Federal House of Representatives from Bayelsa State, Hon. Ebikekeme Ere has described as “misplaced” and “show of ignorance” the protest by members of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) against the arrest and arraignment of Seven Judges by the operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) over alleged corrupt practices and professional misconduct.

    According to Hon. Ere, the members of the Nigerian Bar Association and the critics of the DSS action against accused Judges should stop […]

  • NBA tactically backing corruption – Buhari Support Group

    NBA tactically backing corruption – Buhari Support Group

    According to report, the Buhari Media Support Group (BMSG) has criticised the Nigerian Bar Association for threatening to boycott courts following arrest of some judges by the Department of State Services (DSS).

    A statement by the Coordinator and Secretary of the group on Monday, Malam Muhammad Labbo and Cassidy Madueke, said that the DSS followed due process and rule of law in carrying out the arrests.

    Labo stated that the service had valid and legally-issued search warrants before embarking on the assignment.

    He […]