Thursday 30 August 2012

Protesting lawyers shut NBA Abuja conference

Protesting lawyers, Thursday, shut the main entrance into the  Abuja International Conference Centre, venue of the on-going  Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, annual general conference.

The protest, which lasted over two hours threw the entrance into conference venue and adjouring areas into confusion.

The lawyers, who were protesting against 500 percent hike in conference fees since the event began on Sunday, blocked the entrance of the conference venue, which had been maned by fierce looking security personal.

Lawyers who did not register and who had no conference tags were prevented from gaining access into the conference venue.

The protesting lawyers, argued that entrance into annual conference venue was upon payment of practicing fee as provided in section 6, sub-section 7 of the NBA constitution and not upon payment of conference fee as erroneously held by the out-going national executive.

They insisted they have a right to attend the Annual General Meeting, where the outgoing administration led by Mr Joseph Daudu,  SAN, will rendered account of his two-year stewardship.

Among those locked out during the protest were  NBA Third Vice-President, Dr Ogugua Ikpeze; General Secretary, Mr Muyiwa Akinboro and Chairman of Council National Human Rights Commission, Prof Chidi Odinkalu.

The lawyers barricaded the gate, preventing registered lawyers being conveyed in buses from going in.

They also prevented people in from coming out as they engaged security agents in hot arguments, shoving and pushing one another.

They insisted they have a right to attend the Annual General Meeting as fee-paying NBA member, whether or not they registered for the conference.

“A lot of things are going wrong in NBA and if we keep quiet, things will spoil totally,” one the protesting lawyer said.

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