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Dec 18, 2018

Reaction Of Lawyers To The Arraignment Of The NBA President By EFCC


"The tradition at the Bar is fading away gradually. The respect culture for seniors and people of rank is being trampled upon. A lawyer who is a member of NBA would apply that NBA President be remanded in prison custody. How can? Oh God save the legal profession!" (Emmanuel Etietop Esq)



"I think my president should have some Afam soup with periwinkle, right now. The case is over. Let me see how they will sustain the dummy position that PUC didn't render legal services to Akwa Ibom or that he had a duty to know or dictate to HE Udom the source he should pay election petition fees from, and thereby committed a crime for failing to so direct. I'm laughing in Latin."



"I think my president should have some Afam soup with periwinkle, right now. The case is over. Let me see how they will sustain the dummy position that PUC didn't render legal services to Akwa Ibom or that he had a duty to know or dictate to HE Udom the source he should pay election petition fees from, and thereby committed a crime for failing to so direct. I'm laughing in Latin. (Efe Solomon Esq) "


"I think the bail conditions were to harsh!! He should have been granted bail on self-recognition. I mean, for whatever it is worth, whether rightly or wrongly, he is the NBA President."


"It is a very sad day in the annals of our noble profession.We need to gird up our lines and pray that the "beasts of no nation" (RIP Fela) do not succeed in their quest to debase the legal profession."


"You must understand that the concept of self-recognizance asa nail condition is not my invention. It’s in the law books. No court has said its unconstitutional or breaches concept of equality before the law. I agree the Judex has a discretion, but don’t forget that the discretion must be exercised “judicially and judiciously”. If chief olanipekun applied for bail on self recognizance and the prosecution did not oppose it, the court should not have refused it and prefer more stringent terms without giving reasons."


It is pertinent to observe that this invasion started with a "sting operations" at the residence of their Lordships. Recall that the Bench were opportuned to protect itself through the landmark Judgement.Today, it is the President of NBA so be assured that no member of the profession is immuned. What a pity !!!! (Emmanuel Essiet)"
"The devil has lost the battle, imagine the monumental embarrassment to the BAR if these agents of darkness had succeeded to haul our president into prisons.I was already developing high BP while the proceedings was going on. The NBA must do something fast against this insult on the legal profession. The presiding Judge who did not grant bail on self recognision need to face NJC, it was a discretion not judiciously and judicially applied in all ramifications, my humble veiw."(Olatunji Dawodu).

"*FRN VS USORO- PURPORTED MONEY LAUNDRERING CHARGE, THE EXISTENCE OF EFCC AND TO WHAT END*

Corruption is a cankerworm that has eaten deep into the economic fabric of the nation. Establishing the EFCC to fight this menace is a welcome development. That is why well-meaning Nigerians gave kudos to the administration when the EFCC was signed into law. But if you take a poll of Nigerians today on whether they supported the administration on the establishment of EFCC, opinion will be divided. This is because the powers that be has turned the EFCC into a willing tool in their hands to wage real and imaginary war against its perceived enemies using the EFCC as the hatchet man. EFCC has no real autonomy; it takes instruction from some cabals. 

The head of the commision is behaving as somebody that is above the law, not respecting people's rights to a fair trial. He sees himself as a judge and accuser at the same time. He tries the accused on pages of the newspapers, in the process boosting his ego, and condeming the accused before their appearance in the law court. It is so unfortunate that the EFCC can be used to settled some personal grudges that are unfounded which are so unfortunate and unreasonable to discuss on. Why should I be persecuted for asking for my professional fees??Which law says i must ask my clients where they made their money from?

We all understand that what we can ill afford is the halfhearted, insincere and selective prosecution that is being practiced by the EFCC under the manipulation of Aso Rock. Unless you want to be economical with the truth, you cannot say unequivocally that the present admin is not using the EFCC to pursue vendetta against its enemies. How did PU become your enemy? Was it because he asked for his fees or there are more to it? To achieve real progress in the fight for the eradication of corruption, government must give the EFCC true autonomy and let the commission pursue its duties without let or hindrance. Only then can we say the EFCC is living to its billing.

*WE SAY NO TO THIS INTIMIDATION THAT WAS STATIONED AND TUTORED TO BRING THE BAR INTO DISREPUTE, (OLATUNJI M. D. ESQ). 




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