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THE PROSECUTION OF THE CJN – LAGOS NBA ALIGNS WITH THE CENTRE

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At the first general monthly meeting of the year held on the 14th of January 2019, the Lagos NBA, after deliberation amongst members, aligned itself with the position of the national body, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) on the prosecution of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Honourable Justice Walter Onnoghen, GCON on charges of non-declaration of assets, to the extent that the rule of law must prevail.

The position was taken when the Chairman of the Branch, Mr. Chukwuka Ikwuazom brought up the matter for deliberation. Chief Emeka Ngige, SAN stated that it was already late to be issuing press statements as the matter was already subject of litigation and that best thing for the Branch to do was to align with the position of the parent body, NBA on ground that rule of law must prevail.

Several other members spoke on the matter. Some were of the view that the matter could be handled by the NBA by calling out the Vice-President and the Attorney-General of the Federation on the matter as they are senior members of the Bar. Chief Emeka Ngige, SAN rose to state that in the circumstances, it is only the Attorney-General of the Federation that could be asked any question on the matter, if any at all, as he is the chief law officer and the number one prosecutor of the federation. He posited that if the association is calling out the Vice-president on the matter only on the ground that he is a lawyer then all the lawyers in this government should probably be asked questions. He therefore suggested that any question that has to be asked on the matter by the Bar should be directed to the Attorney-General of the Federation. Some members also stated that the official statement of the NBA President released to members had sentimental undertones and that the Branch should avoid sentiments but stand with the national body only on the ground that rule of law must prevail.

Another senior member of the Branch stated that the Bar is already acting too late on the assault on the judiciary. He stated that when the doors of a judge’s residence were broken, the Bar did nothing and now that it has gotten to the CJN the Bar wants to take a position. He nevertheless advised that
an action has to be taken.

Some senior lawyers agreed with the position of Chief Emeka Ngige SAN that the Branch should align itself with the national body on the ground that the rule of law should prevail and the Chairman of the Branch made pronouncement in that regard.

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