A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Ebu Olu-Adegboruwa has commended the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) by promptly responding to the invasion of a Federal High Court in Abuja.
The senior lawyer, however, said that more needed to be done. He therefore suggested a meeting with the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Mohammed and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami to consult on possible steps to be taken to protect judges and the courts from further invasion.
“The purpose of this meeting is: to secure the courts with a functional police post as is done in the National Assembly and even houses of assembly of the states.
“To ensure that the DSS is made to account for the events of December 6, 2019.
“To also meet with the leadership of the National Assembly, the Committees on Judiciary and Human Rights and Law Enforcement with a view to getting the DSS to be brought to book.
“To demand the immediate disengagement of the present leadership of the DSS and all its officers involved in the invasion.
“To meet with the AG of Lagos State to unravel the invasion of Lagos court and bring those involved to book.
“To visit Chief Judge of the Federal High Court and Hon Justice Ojukwu for solidarity and consultations.”
He further stated that henceforth, NBA should get its members who are involved in any government to be held accountable for any breach of the rule of law by the government and its officers and agencies.
“In any State where there is glaring disobedience of the order of court or brazen infraction of the Constitution, the AG of that State should be referred to the LPDC (Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee) and if he’s a SAN, also to the LPPC (Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee).
“The same should happen to the AGF when it involves the federal government and its agencies. Then the counsel involved in such cases for the government should be held accountable by the NBA and the Bar generally and be suspended forthwith.
“Unless we act swiftly and urgently now, there seems to be more ahead, in the coming days,” he added.
iDONSABI had reported that DSS officials were attempting to rearrest Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore, who was released less than 12 hours before.