Urges NBA to push to comply with court orders
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Special Investigator into the invasion of Justice Mary Odili’s residence and Chairman of the NBA Section on Public Interest and Development Law (NBA-SPIDEL), Dr. Monday Ubani submitted his report to the NBA.
Ubani, in his recommendations, urged the NBA to push for obedience to court orders and respect for the rule of law until all branches of government adopt these core values.
On October 29, 2021, alleged security agents invaded the home of the senior judicial officer, prompting widespread condemnation and the subsequent appointment of Ubani by NBA management led by Olumide Akpata.
According to the SPIDEL Chairman, he conducted a thorough investigation into the invasion as directed by NBA President Mr. Olumide Akpata and the National Executive Council to unravel the culprits and the reason for the embarrassing invasion.
When delivering his report, he gave details of how he conducted the investigation and made some recommendations on the results.
He said government entities that harbor criminal gangs must be brought to justice. He said substantive and procedural laws with elaborate processes and procedures for issuing search warrants, arrest warrants, detention orders, extension of detention orders, among others, should be enacted for states and the federal government to avoid a repeat of the disturbing incident.
According to him, the independence of the judiciary must be supported by administrative, operational and financial autonomy.
“For its part, the NBA must continue to push for obedience to court orders and respect for the rule of law until all branches of government adopt them as core values.
“The independence of the judiciary should not be a matter of negotiation. Either we have an independent judiciary or we choose not to. The benefits of an independent judiciary cannot be overstated.
“The independence of the judiciary should not only be on paper, but should be implemented. The administrative, operational and financial autonomy of the judiciary must be total and exhaustive.
“The federal government and state governments should not be allowed to pretend to defend the independence of the judiciary.
“Government agencies or security agencies that tolerate or harbor criminal gangs, touts or law breakers, in and around their offices, should be held accountable for their illegal activities by being summoned by the various committees that oversee them within the legislature,” he said. suggested.
Ubani stressed that ensuring obedience to court orders and respect for the rule of law should remain the eternal pursuit of the NBA and other professional bodies until these become respectful principles by all. Nigerian governments.
He also suggested that the special investigator will hold a surveillance briefing on behalf of the NBA on the invasion case, which began at the Federal High Court in Abuja and would take place on April 8, 2022.
So he thanked the NBA president and the NEC for the privilege of serving the bar as a special investigator.
Nigerian police arrested several people including lawyers, security guards, a journalist and other professionals who allegedly carried out the invasion.
They were indicted on December 15, 2021. They all pleaded “not guilty” to the charges against them. The first hearing in the case took place on January 17, 2022 when the first prosecution witness testified and was cross-examined.
The case was adjourned to March 1, 2022 and adjourned again to April 8, 2022, as the court did not sit on March 1, 2022.
The NBA will hold an oversight briefing on the matter at the next adjourned date. NBA Bwari Branch’s Bar Maxwell Okpara has been hired to work with Special Investigator/NBA President SPIDEL on the case by holding an oversight briefing on behalf of the NBA.