Nigerian Bar Association(NBA) President, Yakubu Maikyau SAN on Monday inaugurated a 15 man committee to investigate what led to the riotous incident at the just concluded annual general conference in Lagos where lawyers engaged in indecorous attitude due to lack of conference materials.
According to a release by NBA Publicity Secretary, Akorede Habeeb Lawal, the President appointed Ekiti State Attorney General, Olawale Fapohunda SAN to chair the committee while Commissioner of Police, Lough Simon Asamber SAN will serve as alternate Chairman.
The statement reads: “The NBA President, Yakubu Chonoko Maikyau, SAN has inaugurated the Conference Incident Investigation Committee (the committee) to investigate the incident that occurred on the sidelines of the just concluded 62nd Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association at Eko Atlantic City, Victoria Island, Lagos, at the venue for distribution of conference materials. The inauguration held in the course of a virtual meeting held with members of the committee, yesterday, 5th September, 2022″.
Other members of the committee include Oyinkan Badejo, Mrs. Toluwalope Aderiye, Ada Edozie, Daniel Onwe, Mujahid Muhammed, Lucky Ekarume, Chinyere Nworah, Adama Mohammed, Shehu Sani Idris, Oyindamola Fashakin(Secretary), ThankGod-Mina Hope Obeten, Folashade Owolabi, and Tongshishak John Jude Danjuma”.
Maikyau said: “The conduct of our colleagues involved in the incident borders on possible violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct for Legal Practitioners and other relevant laws applicable in Lagos State.” And as a promoter of the rule of law, the NBA has a duty to ensure that such incident does not reoccur and all those who are complicit are brought to book”.
- The task before the committee is to Investigate the said incident; the immediate and remote cause(s) of the same, and identify the persons involved therein;
- Make recommendations concerning the matters stated above, taking into consideration the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), Constitution of the Nigerian Bar Association, 2015 (as amended in 2021), Rules of Professional Conduct for Legal Practitioners 2007 and other relevant legislations, policies and guidelines.
The committee is expected to submit its Report within a period of 4 weeks from the date of the inauguration.
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