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NON-PAYMENT OF BAR PRACTICING FEES ON OR BEFORE 31ST MARCH OF EACH YEAR – CONSEQUENCES AND REMEDIES

05 April 2019

1. We have received several enquiries from colleagues who may not have paid their Bar Practicing Fees by or before 31 March 2019 on the consequences of their failure to make the payments as at the said date. This Release is intended to clarify issues in that regard and to guide those “defaulting” members.

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ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION (“NBA”) PAUL USORO, SAN DELIVERED AT THE NBA NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (“NEC”) MEETING HOLDEN AT THE NBA SECRETARIAT IN ABUJA ON 28 MARCH 2019

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to the 2018/2019 Quarter 3 NEC meeting of our great Association. We thank the Almighty for journey mercies from our various destinations for this meeting

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NBA 2019 ELECTION WORKING GROUP REPORT

The Presidential and National Assembly Elections were conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (“INEC”) on Saturday, 23rd of February, 2019 in all the thirty-six States of the Federation as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). At the State level, on the 9th of March, 2019, Gubernatorial Elections were

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SOCIAL MEDIA REPORTS OF NBA’S QUERY TO ALIYU UMAR, SAN

 
1. My attention has just been drawn to social media reports of this morning on the purported query issued by the NBA to Aliyu Umar, SAN over his prosecution of the Charge against Honorable Mr. Justice Walter S N Onnoghen, the Chief Justice of Nigeria before the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

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POSTPONEMENT OF ELECTIONS

The Nigerian Bar Association is confounded by and disappointed with the postponement by the Independent National Electoral Commission (“INEC”), in the wee hours of this morning, of the elections that were scheduled to hold today...

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FRN V ONNOGHEN – CODE OF CONDUCT TRIBUNAL

Ahead of the adjourned proceedings in the above-named matter before the Code of Conduct Tribunal ("CCT”), scheduled for tomorrow, 13 February 2019, the Nigerian Bar Association again urges the Executive arm of the Federal Government of Nigeria (“FGN”)...

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NBA ONLINE PAYMENTS PORTAL

We are pleased to inform you that you can now register and make any and all kinds of payments to the NBA on the new NBA online payments portal. The pilot projects are the Bar Practice and Verification Fees but this would be extended shortly to include other fees.

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NBA NATIONAL COMMITTEE FOR THE MONITORING OF THE 2019 NATIONAL ELECTIONS

I am pleased to announce the constitution of a Committee, at the National NBA Level, made up of the underlisted members, to monitor and report on the 2019 National Elections.

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RULE OF LAW AND THE LEADERSHIP CRISIS IN NIGERIA’S JUDICIARY

On behalf of the NBA National Executive Committee (“NEC”), I write to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to all our members for the overwhelming support that the NBA NEC received from you in regard to the boycott of Courts that was mandated by NEC at its Emergency Meeting...

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COUP AGAINST THE NIGERIAN JUDICIARY AND SUSPENSION OF THE NIGERIAN CONSTITUTION

The news media has been awash this evening with the news of the purported suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Honorable Mr. Justice Walter S C Onnoghen, GCON by President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR and the swearing in of Hon Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.

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NBA 2019 ANNUAL GENERAL CONFERENCE – TECHNICAL COMMITTEE FOR CONFERENCE PLANNING

Sequel to the mandate given to me by the NBA National Executive Committee (“NEC”) at its meeting held on 06 December 2018, I am pleased to constitute the Technical Committee for Conference Planning (“TCCP” or “Committee”) for our 2019 Annual General Conference

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DISCONTINUE ONNOGHEN CJN’S CCT TRIAL FORTHWITH! FOLLOW DUE PROCESS AND UPHOLD THE RULE OF LAW

Ahead of the scheduled resumption of proceedings at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (“CCT”) tomorrow, 22 January 2019, the Nigerian Bar Association again calls on the Executive Branch of the Federal Government of Nigeria (“FGN”) to discontinue forthwith the prosecution of the Chief Justice of Nigeria

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Assault, Intimidation and Desecration of the Judiciary Must Stop

 Nigerians have witnessed again the targeted assault of the judiciary by agents of the Federal Government of Nigeria (“FGN”) epitomized by today’s media trial of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Honorable Mr. Justice Walter S N Onnoghen, GCON (“CJN”).

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CALCULATION OF POST-CALL YEARS AND PAYMENT OF PRACTICE FEES

There has been a raging storm in the past couple of weeks and up to date amongst lawyers on the calculation of post-call years as it relates to the payment of practice fees. So that the raging arguments would come alive in our minds, we would, illustratively talk... 

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Purported Money Laundering Charges and Related Matters

Yesterday, 18 December 2018, I locked horns with the forces that seek to eclipse us as lawyer sand destabilize and destroy the very foundations of our Association. There may still be a few of us who believe that the charges against me in Charge No. FHC/L/418C/18 are personal to me. 

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