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CONSTITUTION OF THE NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION YOUNG LAWYERS’ FORUM

I am pleased to announce the constitution of the Nigerian Bar Association (“NBA”) Young Lawyers’ Forum (“YLF”) with the following distinguished executive members

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ADDRESS BY PAUL USORO, SAN FCIArb, PRESIDENT, NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION AT THE VALEDICTORY SESSION HELD ON FRIDAY, 11 OCTOBER 2019 IN HONOR OF LATE EMONENA BLESSING UKIRI, ESQ

We are gathered here today to celebrate the life of our friend, brother, father and colleague, Emonena Blessing Ukiri who left us suddenly and without farewellson 28 December 2018.

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MY REMINISCESES FROM 2019 IBA SEOUL CONFERENCE – RULE OF LAW et al

I had to attend the Supreme Court Legal Year Opening on Monday, 23 September 2019 and only arrived Seoul for the IBA Conference (self-sponsored) in the evening of Wednesday, 25 September 2019. I therefore attended only the Thursday and Friday, 26/27 September 2019...

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RULE OF LAW – NBA’S WORDS ON MARBLE

We are strong only when united and together. Divided, we’re vulnerable and subject to external and devastating attacks – and these are the dangers we face daily

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AT THE SPECIAL SESSION OF THE SUPREME COURT TO MARK THE BEGINNING OF THE 2019/2020 LEGAL YEAR AND CONFERMENT OF THE RANK OF SENIOR ADVOCATE OF NIGERIA

It gives me great pleasure, on behalf of the Nigerian Bar Association (“NBA”), to welcome Your Lordships from a well-deserved long vacation – for those of My Lords who had any vacation – and to felicitate with My Lords upon the commencement of the 2019/2020 Legal Year, marked by today’s ceremony.

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NBA MEMBERS’ LIFE INSURANCE SCHEME

The Life Scheme is actually not a brand-new initiative; it is an initiative that had existed but became defunct due to non-payment of the requisite premium amounts for the years 2017 and 2018. We have happily revived the Scheme for the benefit of qualified members of the NBA

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THE 2019/2020 LEGAL YEAR OPENING CEREMONY OF THE FEDERAL HIGH COURT

On behalf of the Nigerian Bar Association, I felicitate with My Lords on this occasion of the 2019/2020 Federal High Court Legal Year Opening and also welcome Your Lordships from well-deserved long vacation and rest period.

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CONSTITUTION OF THE NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION WOMEN’S FORUM

I am pleased to announce the constitution of the Nigerian Bar Association Women’s Forum with the following distinguished executive members: i. Professor Oluyemisi A Bamgbose, SAN - Chairperson, ii. Mrs. Chinyere Okorocha - Vice Chairperson, iii. Mrs. Nsidibe Aideyan - Secretary

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NBA TRAVEL POLICY AND PETTY CASH POLICY

Travel and Subsistence NBA recognizes the need for travels in the course of executing and meeting the objectives of the MacArthur Foundation Project and its other functions. Travel and subsistence needs may arise for members of staff from conferences, domestic trainings and meetings.

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NBA 2019 PRE-AGC NEC COMMUNIQUE

Whereas the Nigerian Bar Association held its Pre-Annual General Conference National (“AGC”) Executive Committee meeting at Harbour Point, Victoria Island, Lagos on Sunday, the 25th day of August 2019

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NBA PRESIDENT’S WELCOME STATEMENT TO THE 59TH ANNUAL GENERAL CONFERENCE DELEGATES

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the 59th Annual General Conference (“AGC”) of the Nigerian Bar Association (“NBA”) holding from Friday, 23 August 2019 to Thursday, 29 August 2019. With the theme, “Facing the Future”, 

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NBA PRESIDENT WISHES MUSLIMS A MEMORABLE EID-EL-KABIR

The President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Paul Usoro, SAN on behalf of the national officers of the Bar felicitate with Muslim lawyers and indeed the entire Muslim Ummah on the celebration of another Eid-el-Kabir.

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NEC COMMUNIQUE

Whereas the Nigerian Bar Association held its National Executive Committee meeting at the NBA Auditorium, NBA House, Abuja on Thursday, the 20th day of June 2019

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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 20 JUNE 2019

It is my privilege and honor to welcome you to the 2018/2019 Quarter 3 NEC meeting of our great Association. We thank the Almighty for journey mercies from our various destinations and we pray that He continues to envelop us in His protective arms and grant us wisdom for today’s deliberations.

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#NBA2019AGC UPDATE

The Technical Committee on Conference Planning ("TCCP") of the Nigerian Bar Association ("NBA") wishes to inform members of the Association and the General Public as follows: 1. The 59th Annual General Conference ("the Conference") of the NBA is scheduled to hold in Victoria Island, Lagos from the 23rd to the 29th of August, 2019.

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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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