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NBA President Condemns Conflicting Court Orders on Emir of Kano Stool, Calls for Scrutiny of Legal Conduct

he Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) President, Mr. Yakubu Chonoko Maikyau, OON, SAN, has strongly criticized the conflicting court orders related to the stool of the Emir of Kano. Describing the situation as a disgrace to the legal profession, Maikyau emphasized the urgent need to examine the conduct of the involved judges and lawyers. He urged the respective heads of the courts to investigate potential abuses of judicial office and report to the National Judicial Council. Additionally, Maikyau stated that the NBA will probe the lawyers’ actions and potentially initiate disciplinary proceedings for any professional misconduct. This call to action aims to restore public confidence and uphold the integrity of the judiciary in Nigeria.

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NBA President Condemns Conflicting Court Orders on Emir of Kano Stool, Calls for Scrutiny of Legal Conduct

Distinguished Colleagues,

The President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Yakubu Chonoko Maikyau, OON, SAN, has stated that the ” conducts of counsel and the courts in the handling of the proceedings that culminated in the orders issued by the Federal High Court, the Kano State High Court, and again the Federal High Court, in the circus, have brought utter disgrace and shame to the profession—have exposed the entire legal profession in Nigeria to public ridicule and opprobrium.

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

In a statement issued this morning, Mr Maikyau said, “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 scrutinize the professional conduct of both counsel and the judges involved in these matters.

This enables the relevant bodies or institutions to determine their culpability from an ethical and professional standpoint.”

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

As regards the lawyers involved, the NBA President said that the NBA “will investigate the conduct 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.”

Please find attached the statement of the NBA President for your reference.

Thank you.

Akorede Habeeb Lawal
National Publicity Secretary, NBA

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