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NBA Writes Malami Over ‘Controversial Amendment’

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Olumide Akpata
Olumide Akpata

Olumide Akpata

The President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olumide Akpata, has urged the attorney-general, Abubakar Malami, to rescind the controversial amendments made in the Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC) for lawyers.

Recall that Malami amended the RPC for Legal Practitioners 2007, removing the requirement for the NBA stamp and seal on court processes and provisions requiring lawyers acting for government, ministries or corporations to pay annual bar practising fees.

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Reacting to the development, the Bar’s President expressed that the ammendemnet of the RPC was done by the AGF without following due process thus subjecting the association to ridicule.

Akpata also admitted that certain provisions of the RPC were unacceptable in modern practice and needed an overhaul.

He, however, urged the AGF to give the association time to make the necessary amendments.

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WTO: Launch Diplomatic Offensive Against Trump, Obiano Tells Buhari

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WTO: Launch Diplomatic Offensive Against Trump, Obiano Tells Buhari

Governor Willie Obiano

Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to deploy all diplomatic moves to ensure Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala emerge as the next Director-General of the World Trade Organisation.

Obiano urged President Buhari not to allow US President Donald Trump to frustrate Okonjo-Iweala’s emergence.

Obiano said this in a statement titled, ‘WTO DG: A Call on President Buhari and African leaders to step up diplomatic offensive’, signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C-Don Adinuba, in Awka, on Thursday.

Also Read: WTO: Gov Ikpeazu Drums Support For Okonjo-Iweala’s Appointment

He asked Buhari to mobilise African and European Union leaders to back Okonjo-Iweala.

“All that is needed is a great diplomatic offensive before the formal announcement of the winner on November 9,” he said.

“The people and government of Anambra State, therefore, call upon President Muhammadu Buhari and other African leaders to immediately set in motion the machinery to get the United States to do the right thing by supporting the most qualified and the most popular candidate,” p[art of the statement read.

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BREAKING: Lagos Panel Of Enquiry Visits Lekki Toll Gate

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BREAKING: Lagos Panel Of Enquiry Visits Lekki Toll Gate

Lekki Toll Gate

As the hearing of cases of police brutality in the State continues, the Lagos State judicial panel of inquiry is currently at the Lekki Tollgate.

The panel’s visit is believed to be aimed at understanding the Lekki Toll Gate shooting that left some protesters dead and injured on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

The panel is reportedly led by the Chairman, Retired Justice Doris Okuwobi.

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According to reports, the panel is interrogating Lekki Tollgate officials about the condition of their cameras and other equipment.

The Managing Director of Lekki Concession Company, Mr. Yomi Omomuwansa reportedly took the panel round the facilities.

Mr. Omomuuwansa stated that most of their equipment were damaged as they were set ablaze by hoodlums following the shooting of EndSARS protesters at the toll gate.

Also with the panel during the inspection of Lekki Tollgate is Rinu Odulala and Temitope Majekodunmi, the youth representatives on the judicial panel.

 

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BREAKING: IGP Replies Amnesty, Says Policemen Didn’t Shoot #EndSARS Protesters

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BREAKING: IGP Replies Amnesty, Says Policemen Didn’t Shoot #EndSARS Protesters

IGP Adamu

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu has denied reports by global rights organisation, Amnesty International, that police officer shot at #EndSARS protesters.

The Police chief expressed that Amnesty’s report of October 21, 2020, that police personnel shot at peaceful protesters as “untrue, misleading and contrary to all available empirical evidence.”

This was contained in a statement on Friday titled, ‘EndSARS Protests: Police Personnel Were Professional And Exercised Maximum Restraints – IGP Tells Amnesty Int’l’.

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Adamu explained that contrary to reports, police officers “acted professionally, exercised commendable restraints and some paid the supreme price for peace during the recent protests and ensuing violence in some parts of the country.”

He revealed that 22 police officers died during the protests, while 205 police stations and formations were damaged by a section of the protesters.

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