- The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) asks its members to boycott all courts for two days over the suspension of Onnoghen
- The directive to the lawyers followed a meeting of its National Executive Committee (NEC) in Abuja
- The meeting was attended by the statutory NEC members of the umbrella body for the lawyers
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), on Monday, January 28, ordered all lawyers in Nigeria boycott the courts across the nation for two days between Tuesday, January 29, and Wednesday, January 30, to protest the crisis in the judiciary.
The action, according to the NBA, is protest what it called the alleged constitutional infractions in the suspension of Walter Onnoghen as Chief Justice of Nigeria.
Sahara Reporters says the umbrella body of the Nigerian lawyers made the decision at an emergency meeting of its National Executive Committee (NEC) held at the NBA House, Plot 1101 Muhamadu Buhari Way, Cadastral Zone A00 Central Area, Abuja.
The report said only the statutory NEC members attended the meeting and these are the national officers, past presidents, past general secretaries, branch chairmen, branch secretaries, branch NEC representatives and chairmen and secretaries of sections.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that as Nigerians continued to grapple with the crisis in the judiciary following the suspension of the chief justice of the country, Walter Onnoghen, some pro-Buhari protesters on Monday, January 28, rallied in Lagos in favour of the president.
The massive protest held in Lagos, the country’s commercial capital, as participants carried placards to drive their message in support of the suspension of Onnoghen by the president.
The report stated that Comrade Festus Akintola, who spoke on behalf of the protesters, declared that the law must be allowed to take its full course as this would serve as a deterrent to others.
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“We have all gathered here to express our disgust with the actions of some segments of the country that have viewed the action of the president in placing the Chief Justice of Nigeria on suspension for false declaration of assets in contravention of the Code of Conduct Bureau Act for public office holders in the country.
“Nigeria is not a country where anyone should be viewed as above the law, as the law is no respecter of persons. And what an irony: That the chief law officer of the country would violate the law and would still want to evade justice. If that should ever happen, then Nigeria is no longer a country but a banana republic.
“We stand in absolute solidarity with our dear and amiable president who has risen in defence of the country by suspending the chief justice of the country and thereby sending a strong message to all that no matter how highly placed, once you violate the law, there would be consequences."
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