July 29, 2018
Update on Mrs Jane Mbanefo – the DPO at 3-3 Police Station Onitsha Anambra State, who assaulted a female lawyer and locked her up in the cell:
Something positive has come up . You will recall that a Committee headed by Anienukwu SAN was set up by the NBA Onitsha branch to deal with the issue. Now, the committee has announced to the branch today 27/7/2018 that it has successfully obtained a Fiat from the Honourable Attorney General of Anambra State to prosecute the earring DPO in criminal charge. The Fiat was granted to the learnient silk and he has promptly filed an information at the High Court and date has been assigned for the the arraignment. The DPO shall be arriagned on 27/9/2018. All the High Courts and Magistrate Courts within the division will be enjoined not to sit on that date so that all the lawyers within can convage at the particular High Court in solidarity.
July 21, 2018
Officers of the Imo State police command have allegedly beaten up a magistrate of the Umuneke-Ngor division of the state Magistrate Court, Ngozi Onyenemezu.
The incident took place yesterday after she discharged robbery suspects brought before the court by the policemen.
Emma Eke and Chukwuemeka Anyanwu, who are lawyers representing the suspects, were also allegedly beaten up by the police.
Chinedu Agu, Assistant Secretary of Owerri chapter of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), recounted the story to newsmen.
He said the counsels had asked the court to strike the charge and discharge the accused persons, which the court did after hearing arguments from both sides.
Agu said: “In his ruling, the court upheld the arguments of the counsel and struck out the charge. Immediately the ruling was delivered and while the court was still sitting, the police went berserk.
“They shouted and rained vituperations on the magistrate and made to rearrest the accused persons. When the court wanted to call them to order, the policemen made for the magistrate like rabid dogs and the magistrate quickly took refuge in his chambers.
May 30, 2018
We join other concerned Nigerians to condemn the recent unwarranted attack on a High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, by armed hoodlums. The attack which occurred on May 11 on the Port Harcourt High Court complex occurred as judges, magistrates, staff and lawyers were reporting for duty, is an affront on the judiciary.
While the attack was on, judicial and non-judicial workers were denied access to the complex as all gates were locked and surrounded by the hoodlums. The heavily armed thugs injured some judicial officers, other officials and destroyed some equipment. The invasion of the court has been condemned by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen who also called on Nigerians to condemn the act and preserve the judiciary, which is the last hope of the common man. The attack was equally condemned by the Rivers State House of Assembly which resolved to write to the United Nations (UN), the European Union (EU) and the Commonwealth of Nations on the development.
That the court was allegedly attacked over a political matter involving factions of a political party in the state is an attempt to undermine the institution of the judiciary.
It is, indeed, senseless to at- tack the court, the sacred temple of justice a few months be- fore the 2019 general elections. It is also a sign of what to expect during the elections, when there is need for peace to reign in the land. But, if there must be peace, there must also be justice. Our judicial officers must always uphold justice in carrying out their functions without minding whose ox is gored.
Because the judiciary is the only institution that dispenses justice, any attack on the judiciary is the highest form of rebellion. The police must make frenetic effort to fish out those behind the attack as well as their sponsors.
They should be prosecuted and severe punishment meted to those found guilty of the of- fence. There could never be any good reason for the attack.
The court was invaded over an impending political matter in the court and we advise judicial officers not to be partisan in the discharge of their duties. They must be above board and maintain a position of absolute political neutrality on any matter before them.
May 5, 2018
Popular lawyer Mike Ozekhome SAN has facilitated the release of two of Dino Melaye’s lawyers who were sent to Kuje prison by police for performing their professional duties.Sharing the news, he said….‘The mammoth crowd of lawyers that joined me at the magistrate court, Mpape,Abuja,to defend and get released from incarceration,two young lawyers,David Amaefula and Pius Udo-Inyang from Ricky Tarfa’s chambers,who had been detained by the Police and later sent to Kuje prisons for six days by the magistrate,on account of performing their professional duties to their clieht, Senator Dino Melaye.To God be the glory, they were released on bail’.
April 27, 2018
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Abuja Branch has set up a defence team for their colleagues detained in connection with the arrest of Senator Dino Melaye.
In a statement signed by the branch’s Human Rights Committee Secretary, Julius Atanawhemera Esq, the association calls for experienced volunteers to indicate interest to join the defence team through the office of the Vice Chairman.
David Amaefula and Pius Udo-Inyang, who are of the law firm of Messrs Rickey Tarfa & Co. Abuja Office, were on Tuesday April 24 arrested by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) office Guzape after they were dispatched to the Zankli Medical Centre, Mabushi, Abuja to secure justice for Senator Melaye, who was being admitted there.
Melaye, who was prevented from travelling to Morocco at the airport after he was declared wanted by the Kogi State Command of the Nigeria Police, was said to have sustained injuries on jumping out from a vehicle, which the police say was conveying him to a court in Lokoja.
According to the NBA, Amaefule was assigned to the hospital but his whereabout became unknown that same day as his phone were unreachable.
March 2, 2018
Olumide Ilenusi, the lawyer kidnapped in Ondo State by gunmen has been freed, Sahara Reporters just learned.
Mr. Ilenusi was released on Friday by the abductors after spending a week in the captivity.
A family source confirmed his release to Sahara Reporters in a telephone chat in Akure. The source who pleaded anonymity, however, refused to disclose if a ransom was paid before Mr. Ilenusi was set free.
“Yes, he (Ilenusi) has regained freedom, and will soon be reunited with his family and members of the community. About the ransom, I cannot disclose that for now but what is more important is that our brother has been released,” he said.
Ilenusi was abducted on the bad portion of the notorious Oba Akoko road in the Akoko South Local Council Area of the state.
The 41-year-old lawyer was waylaid by and seized by the gun-wielding men on his way for a burial at a village in Oba.
His abductors had demanded a ransom of N2 million shortly after his kidnapped but later reduced the fund to N1 million.