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#2022 NBA-AGC: Nigerian Lawyers On Rampage Over Conference Materials, Cart Away Bags, Vandalize Building (Video)

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Some Nigerian lawyers attending the ongoing 62nd annual conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) last night, Tuesday, August 22, 2022, went on a rampage, destroying registration booths and conference bags at the venue of the meeting.

According to reports, the lawyers had gathered to collect conference bags which had hindered them from collecting other conference materials.

They however became impatient over the alleged slow pace at which they were being attended to. Some of them reportedly forcefully reached out to get the bags containing the conference materials and this led to chaos that saw the registration booths being destroyed.

Reacting to the ugly incident, the outgoing President of the association Olumide Akpata described it as a “national embarrassment”.

In a statement he signed and obtained by Intel Region on Wednesday, Mr Akpata said some of the members conducted themselves “in a most despicable manner not expected of members of the profession.”

The NBA President statement partly reads; “As you may already know, the registration centre for the collection of materials by delegates at the ongoing Annual General Conference was broken into, vandalised, and looted by some delegates last night with most of the conference materials carted away and lawyers/registration officers injured.

“Whilst we acknowledge and regret that there were lapses in the distribution process, last night’s incident was a national embarrassment as some of our members conducted themselves in a most despicable manner not expected of members of the profession.

“We cannot afford to risk the lives and safety of our members, colleagues, and contractors at the conference venue on account of the collection of materials. I have therefore met with the leadership of the TCCP, and a decision has been taken for the destroyed registration centre at the conference village to be shut down and it is now being shut down.

‘However, alternative arrangements have been made for the collection of materials by delegates. The new collection centre is the BWC Hotel which is located opposite the Eko Atlantic.

“We assure you that every delegate would get his or her materials and therefore encourage our members to cooperate with the registration officers in this process so as to avoid a repeat of last night’s ugly incident,” Akpata said.

Meanwhile, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has set aside the ratification of the suspension by the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA0 of the General Secretary of the association, Ms Joyce Oduah.

Oduah had through her lawyer, Ayotunde Ogunleye, challenged her suspension, asking the court for an interim order to void her temporary suspension by a nine member executive officers of the association on August 19, 2022.

At the hearing of the matter, on Tuesday, Justice R. Mohammed set aside the NEC ratification and reinstated Oduah to office.

The court held that the action of the national officers of the NBA constituted an affront on the rule of law and, therefore, voided their action.

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