NBA Slams Federal, High Courts Over Conflicting Orders In Kano Emirate Tussle

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The president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Yakubu Maikyau, has stated that the actions of both counsel and the courts in the proceedings leading to the orders issued by the Federal High Court, the Kano State High Court, and again the Federal High Court, have brought significant disgrace and shame to the profession.

In a statement released on Wednesday, May 29, and signed by NBA national publicity secretary, Akorede Lawal, it was mentioned that the public’s mockery and derision of the Nigerian legal profession were a direct result of the court’s conduct.

“The damage would take the legal profession a long time to recover from. It is unfortunate and was uncalled for.

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“Without prejudice to the subsisting actions before both the Federal High Court and the Kano State High Court, it is my considered view that there is an urgent need to scrutinise the professional conducts of both Counsel and the Judges involved in these matters. This is to enable the relevant bodies or institutions to determine their culpability or, otherwise, from an ethical and professional standpoint,” Maikyau said.

The NBA president called on “the respective heads of the courts of the judges concerned, to take immediate steps to look into their conducts with the view to finding any possible abuse of their judicial offices and file a report with the National Judicial Council for necessary action.

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As regards the lawyers involved, Maikyau said that the NBA: “Will investigate the conducts of the counsel involved in these cases and shall not hesitate to commence disciplinary action against them before the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee, should there be any finding of alleged professional misconduct against them. The Chairman of the NBA Ethics and Disciplinary Committee has accordingly been directed to invite these counsel for preliminary investigations.”

Tensions and uncertainty in the state have escalated as a result of a remarkable turn of events on Tuesday when the Federal High Court and the Kano State High Court issued opposing interim injunctions over the Kano Emirate.

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