The Nigerian Bar Association
(NBA) has flayed the judges of the
Federal High Courts, who had been giving conflicting judgments on a particular
issue, describing their action as an embarrassment to the judiciary and the
NBA President, Austin Aleghe, a
Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN)
declared this yesterday, during the opening of the ongoing 56th Annual
General Conference of the NBA, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
This is even as the Governor Nyesom
Wike slammed NBA for remaining indifference in the face of judicial rascality
being perpetrated against Rivers State, lamenting the danger such action posed
to democratic development.
Aleghe noted that the theme of the
conference, “Democracy and economic
development,” was chosen to examine the state of the nation.
He called on the Chief Judge of
Nigeria (CJN) to quickly step into the ugly trend and restore the dignity of
The NBA commended the President
Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government for the war against corruption,
stressing that the fight “should and must” be fought within the ambit of the
The Association promised to partner
with the Federal Government to sustain the fight, emphasising that it would not
be part of the crusade, if it was carried out to fight political enemies.
He noted that out of the 36 states
of the federation, 28 found it difficult to pay workers’ salaries and
NBA also accused the Human Rights
Commission of deviating from its constitutional duties, calling on government
to streamline the activities or functions of government agencies.
Wike described the theme of the
conference as thought-provoking, noting that the choice of Rivers State as host
clealy rubbished the ‘fifth columnist report’ that the state was not safe.
He flayed the Independent National
Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Nigeria Police for contributing to the
political crisis in the state.
He specifically mentioned the
recent announcement of the results of March 19, 2016, rerun elections in Tai
Local Government Area of the State, by INEC, which was cancelled by commission,
describing it as “political robbery.”
Governor Wike also lambasted the
Police for the “unfortunate role” they played in the abortion of the People’s
Democratic Party (PDP) National Convention, which was supposed to take place at
the Sharks Stadium, Port Harcourt, and last week.