Sunday, 16 October 2016

SANS DIVIDED OVER THE ARREST OF JUDGES

 last week a group of Senior Advocates of Nigeria under the aegis of past presidents and current  President of Nigerian Bar Association hurriedly addressed a press conference in Lagos as soon as the 7 corrupt judges were arrested. In defending the detained judges, the club of NBA presidents  Avoided the fact that the suspects had turned their official Abode into a bureau de change as millions of naira and hundreds of thousands of dollars were seized by the department of state security officials. In attendance at the press conference were Wole Olanipekun SAN, J. B. Daudu SAN, Olisa Agbakoba SAN, Augustine Aleghe SAN and Abubakar Mahmoud SAN. Others include Olaolu Ali SAN, Dele Adesina SAN.
  
As soon as the text of the press conference was published in the media the respected human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana SAN issued a powerful statement to counter the influence peddling of the club NBA presidents. While blaming the National Judicial Council and the Nigerian  Bar Association for their failure to call corrupt judges to order Mr. Falana said that all corrupt lawyers and judges are known to the lawyers' society. He made a veiled reference to the hypocrisy of the NBA which has a penchant for defending the human rights of rich and powerful individuals in the society. 
Although the Nigerian Bar Association has not reacted to Mr. Falana's attack another Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Joseph Okutepa has supported Mr. Falana's position by stating that some lawyers usually shun the courts manned by corrupt judges. He asked the leaders of the bar to address the arroyos allegations of judicial corruption levelled against the judges instead of diverting attention over the manner of arrest. Other Senior Advocates who have dissociated themselves from the self-serving statements of the NBA Presidents include Professor Itse Sagay, Dr. Fidelis Odita, and Chief Jibola Aribisala. Professor Sagay did not hesitate to point out that those who are defending the judges are corrupt lawyers.