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Nigerian Bar Association Remains One Indivisible Body – NBA President Olumide Akpata

Unic Press UK: Olumide Akpata, who became the 30th president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) on 28 August 2020, has weighed in on the crisis in the Bar, appealing for unity.

During a meeting with most of the branch chairpersons of the NBA and other Bar leaders, Akpata reiterated the need for a unified Bar, reiterating in clear terms that the NBA remains one indivisible body.

On the Statutory Instrument No 15 of 2020, which purports to amend part of the provisions of the Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC), the NBA president said the position is that the RPC has not been amended as no authority was given for its amendment. Akpata appealed for calm as the Bar continues to engage with the Honorable Attorney General of the Federation.

The NBA president’s timely appeal to Nigerian lawyers’ follows the purported formation of a controversial parallel body of lawyers named the New Nigerian Bar Association (NNBA).

The so-called NNBA was purportedly formed by a few lawyers after the removal last month of the Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, from the initial list of speakers at the 2020 Annual General Conference of the NBA.

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