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Lawyers drag NBA to court

Kano-based legal practitioners Barrister Ahmad Sani Bawa, Jarman Tokarawa, and Barrister Gidado Aliyu Gidado have filed a lawsuit against the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), seeking a legal interpretation on whether it has the authority to disallow or disqualify lawyers who have paid the mandatory current Bar Practising Fee and have 10-year post-call standing from contesting an election based on their succeeding anniversary.

SolaceBase reports that in the suit as defendants are Isma’il Abdul’ziz, (Chairman of Electoral Committee NBA, Kano Branch, 2024, and Zainab Bello, Secretary Electoral Committee, Kano NBA, 2024.

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According to the Application, Barrister Bawa and Barrister Gidado said they are suing for themselves and on behalf of all concerned members of NBA Kano Branch whose political interested was affected by the release of the guideline of the NBA Kano Election, 2024.

The Applicants through their legal representative, Barrister Muhammad Sani Muhammad, approached Federal High Court, Kano Number 3 with an Exparte Application with a sole prayer as follows.

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“An order of interim injunction restraining the Defendants either by themselves, their appointees, their privies, assigned members, committees, group by whatever name called from disallowing and disqualifying Lawyers who have their mandatory current Bar Practising Fee as lawyers for 10 years post call standing to contest election on the basis of succeeding Anniversary, pending the hearing and determination of the Applicants’ motion on notice before the court”.

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The presiding, Justice Simon Amobeda after hearing the exparte application, consequently refused to grant the prayer, but however, ordered that the Respondents be put on Notice, for them to appear in the next adjourned date and show cause why prayer by the Applicants shouldn’t be granting interim.

Justice Amobeda similarly ordered that the order and processes should be served on the Respondents before the next adjourned date.

He slated  6th June 2024 for hearing.


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