*’Promoting Rule of Law’ by disobeying orders of court
Will Justice U. P. Kekemeke be helped to rein down heavily on the NBA? Will there be a day when the Bar will allow the Bench to make a mincemeat of her because of the selfish interest of the current drivers of the NBA who have flouted and debased even the Constitution that brought her into office? Nigerians are watching with keen interest.
These circumstances has made the High Court of the FCT, presided over by the erudite judge to in the case of Ezenwa Anumnu v. Incorporated trustees of the NBA (Suit No: FCT/HC/CV/277/16) Holden at Apo ordered the General Secretary, Mr. Isiaka Abiola Olagunju, to appear before the court on the 29th day of June, 2017 to show cause why the orders of the court are flouted.
The plaintiff, Mr. Ezenwa Anumnu, who was elected the Chairman of the FCT Unity Bar, had previously made an application before the court that the order of the court is being fragrantly disobeyed and that a time table has been drawn for an election despite the court order not to make any move with respect to conducting any election for the branch.
Recall that the court had ordered all parties to maintain the res pending the determination of the suit, that while the matter remain pending the plaintiff was removed by the NBA president. The court while frowning at the move by the NBA, warned the same to obey court orders rather laying precedence for politicians to follow suit.
The matter has been further adjourned to the 29th day of June, 2017.
Many lawyers are wondering that if the NBA, an amalgam of lawyers, is deliberately flouting court orders where else
will politicians get the stimuli to respect the same orders coming from courts. This certainly is a terrible precedence that can eventually destroy the nation’s democracy.
Ironically, the motto of the Nigerian Bar Association is ‘promoting the Rule of Law.’ Sad.
Some senior lawyers that agreed to speak to www.gongnews incognito said, “we have called and told the National officers of the NBA to tread softly on this Unity Bar issue. I recall how a very Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and former Attorney General of the Federation was dragged in the media mud over this matter. I don’t know what they want to gain by forcing their way over an election that pre-dates their own election into office. May God help them. We have not as body corporate been exposed to ridicule like this. I can’t remember.”