CSU: I’m ashamed of lawyers, this public nonsense must stop – Agbakoba

The former chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, says he was ashamed to see lawyers on national television arguing the merits or demerits of President Bola Tinubu’s Chicago State University matter.

The senior lawyer expressed displeasure with what he described as the cacophony of discordant voices on Tinubu and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar surrounding the controversy over the CSU records.

Agbakoba warned that armchair lawyers are heating up Nigeria dangerously.

In a post on his social media platform, X, on Monday, the legal expert urged people to keep their opinions and views to themselves while awaiting a decision from the Supreme Court.

He said, “The cacophony of discordant voices on Tinubu/Atiku over the certificate matter is completely out of hand. This utter nonsense from armchair lawyers is heating up Nigeria dangerously.

“Please, can we keep our opinions and views to ourselves, awaiting a decision of the Supreme Court?

“I am so ashamed to see lawyers on television arguing one way or the other on the merits or demerits of the Chicago State University matter. This is most unhelpful!

“I call out all media that tolerate this nonsense of adjudicating the CSU matter on TV and newspapers.

“I urge the President of the Nigerian Bar Association to call out lawyers that breach rules of ethics by turning the media into a Court of Law.

“Can we please stop heating up our country!!! Let us allow the Supreme Court of Nigeria to make a judicial pronouncement which is binding on us all!!!! This public nonsense must stop.”

(Daily Post)

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Appoint more S’Court justices, raise pay, NBA tells FG

The Nigerian Bar Association has demanded the immediate appointment of more Supreme Court justices to achieve the full complement of 21 justices stipulated for the apex court by  Section 230(1 )(b) of the constitution.

The PUNCH reports that with the recent retirement of Justice Amina Augie, the number of apex court justices dropped to 11.

A statement on Tuesday by the NBA National Publicity Secretary, Akorede Lawal, quoted the NBA President, Yakubu  Maikyau (SAN), as decrying the increased workload of Supreme Court justices who are only 11 as opposed to the required 21.

“The NBA President expressed concerns that the exit of Hon. Justice Augie from the bench of the Supreme Court has further reduced the number of justices of this court, with the attendant increase in the workload of the already overworked/overburdened and, unfortunately, poorly remunerated justices.

“The NBA President noted that it has become imperative that the Nigerian Constitution be amended to increase the threshold for the number of justices to be appointed to the Supreme Court and to reduce the number of matters that get to the Supreme Court by limiting the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to certain constitutional matters,” the statement read.

Maikyau said the NBA had been engaging with the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission and the National Judicial Council over the remuneration of judicial officers.

“The NBA President stated that President Bola  Tinubu has directed a presidential working group to harmonise the recommendations from RMAFC, NBA, and NJC, with the view to include the outcome in the 2024 budget appropriation,”  the statement added.

He added that the NBA had also proposed Lifestyle Allowance, Dual Responsibility Allowance, Frequent Transfer Allowance, and Long Service Allowance for judges in recognition of the peculiar demands on them.

Meanwhile,  Maikyau sympathised with the Chief Justice of Nigeria,  Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, over the Monday fire incident at the Supreme Court, which razed three offices and destroyed books and others.

(Punch)

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Controversy trails performance of singer Portable at NBA concert

The performance of singer Portable at the ‘Unbarred’ concert, organised by the Nigerian Bar Association, has caused a stir on social media.

The programme was held on Thursday at the Velodrome of the MKO Abiola Stadium.

According to the event’s poster, the host was Timi Agbaje. DJ Skillz and Veentage Band were billed to man the music policy and it promised a surprise act.

Portable, however, turned out to be guest performer during the event.

Some netizens took to X (formerly Twitter) to express their thoughts on the performance of the controversial artiste at the NBA concert.

An X user, bearded_lawyah said, “I just want to see the genius at the Planning Committee meeting that thought it’d be a good idea to bring Portable to #Unbarred because if they aren’t high on Odogwu Bitters then they must be charge and bail lawyers because this thing no dey make sense no matter how you look am!”

Another user, marcel_great said, “As #NigBarAssoc has decided to embarrass the bar with their choice of artiste for the unbarred concert, let it be known that we will visit the issue during the next year’s election. What business does NBA have with Portable? #afamosigwe we will remind you.”

However, Metro Lawyer reports that though some lawyers walked out of the event on seeing Portable, others stayed behind to watch the singer perform.

Reacting to a purported video showing the alleged walkout by lawyers, @ndm01 said on Instagram, “I was here yesterday. This wasn’t about Portable. It was a breakout session on the ‘Rule of Law and the Military’… The Army General that anchored the Session denied ‘ENDSARS’ massacre and it was at that point that Lawyers in attendance staged this walkout.”

The Unbarred Concert is a live entertainment session organised for lawyers as part of the annual NBA conference.

It is the grand conference closing party and is held a day before the association’s annual general meeting.

2baba, Wande Coal, Teni, Bez, Brymo, Nini, Falz, Olamide and Ruger had performed at previous editions.

(Punch)

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