NBA decries poor welfare of judges

Ogunsakin Mustapha
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NBA President, Yakubu Maikyau SAN signing the condolence register at late Justice Nwezeh's residence.

The President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr Yakubu Maikyau SAN has decried again the parlous situation of judicial officers in Nigeria calling for urgent and immediate reforms.

The NBA president said this when he paid a condolence visit to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola over the death of Supreme Court Justice Chima Centus Nweze who died last Sunday, July 30, 2023.

The Federal Judiciary within a day lost two judicial officers to the cold hands of death. Apart from Justice Nweze, Justice Hoommuk Mallong of the Federal High Court, Kaduna also died on July 30.

NBA President, Yakubu Maikyau SAN signing the condolence register at late Justice Nwezeh’s residence.

Maikyau described the death of both judicial officers unfortunate and says it reflects on the welfare of judges in the country. “In the last couple of weeks, we have lost judges and Justices to the cold hands of death. This again, bring to fore the issues relating to the welfare of judicial officers and call for an urgent review of their working conditions. The loss of judges and justices in circumstances that smack of neglect for their health and well-being is completely unacceptable.”

Mr. Maikyau expressed the sadness of the Bar over the death of Justice Nweze, who he described as a cerebral jurist. He urged the family to be consoled by the fact that his lordship led a purposeful life. The NBA President went on to assure the family of the support of the Bar and the readiness of the NBA to fully participate in a befitting burial ceremony for the departed Justice of the Supreme Court.

Maikyau was accompanied on  the visit by the Chairman and Co-Chairman of the Governing Board of the NBA – Human Rights Institute (HRI), Chino Obiagwu SAN and Wale Fapohunda SAN.congratulations

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