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Why NBA President, Usoro was walked out of NJC meeting

The President of Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Paul Usoro (SAN),  was walked out of NJC meeting because he was not supposed to attend, Elombah News has learned.

This news medium had reported that Mr Usoro hurriedly left the venue of the meeting of the National Judicial Council on Tuesday.

The NJC had held an emergency meeting in Abuja, but Usoro left the venue of the meeting almost immediately it started.

Usoro, however, told newsmen that he did not walk out of the meeting. He said he left the venue after due permission from the Council to attend to some urgent matters.

“Don’t have the impression that I walked out. I only left the venue after taking permission,” he said.

But Attorney Carol Ajie told  Elombah News  it is embarrassing for Mr Usoro SAN to say he did not walk out on NJC at its meeting today that he had to attend an urgent matter elsewhere.

She explained: “Usoros are transactional lawyers alright. There is no problem about focusing on commercial law though, but they should take a crash program in Constitutional Law.

“The Third Schedule of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Part 1, para 20(i) says NBA representatives in NJC shall be five in number usually the President. Other members of NJC are the past President, and three other lawyers minimum of 15 years postcall. Mr Usoro is 35 or 36 years postcall he can read the 1999 Constitution.

“The Law says the 5 members of NBA in NJC shall sit in the Council ONLY for the purpose of considering the names of persons for appointment to the superior court of record. Once NJC is dealing with issues of discipline, NBA members there are out.

“Some knowledgeable members of NJC read the 1999 Constitution to Usoro, maybe showed him the way out. That rank SAN deserves our respect there are some damn good SANs with brains you adore, the Usoros should read Constitutional law and respect those with some legal knowledge and deep intellect.”

Elombah News has reported that suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen; and Acting CJN Tanko Mohammed, did not attend the meeting chaired by former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Umar Abdullahi, who was elected to preside over the meeting as an interim chairman.

President Muhammadu Buhari suspended Onnoghen on Friday based on an ex parte order of the Code of Conduct Tribunal which ordered him to step aside.

The President swore in Mohammed in his place in acting capacity.

The action has drawn criticisms from the Nigerian Bar Association and opposition parties which accused Buhari of eroding the independence of the judiciary.

The NJC also referred a petition against the CCT chairman, Danladi Umar, to the Federal Judicial Service Commission.

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