NBA President Visits Kano State Grand Khadi, Commends Affirmation of Yahaya Aminu’s Constitutional Right of Appeal

As part of his bid to ensure the NBA works for all, the NBA President, Olumide Akpata, recently paid a courtesy visit to the Grand Khadi of Kano State, Alhaji Tijani Yussuf Yakassai.

Mr. Akpata who was in Kano for an Interactive Session with members of the Bar in Kano State was accompanied on the visit to the Grand Khadi by the Attorney General of Kano State, Musa Lawan Esq and the Chairmen of the Kano and Ungogo Branches of the NBA.

In his welcome address, the Grand Khadi noted that Mr. Akpata’s visit to the Sharia Court of Appeal was historic being the very first by a serving President of the NBA. He was hopeful that the momentous occasion would herald enhanced cooperation between the NBA and the Sharia Court and ultimately engender a mutually beneficial working relationship between both institutions.

In his remarks, the NBA President stated that it was important for him to visit the Grand Khadi because many members of the NBA practice within the Sharia Court system and a close working relationship between the Court and the NBA would be in the best interest of these members of the Association. He said “My visit to the Grand Khadi is both timely and important. We cannot afford to leave anyone behind. Many Nigerian lawyers practice within the Sharia Court system and so the Court is an important part of our justice system. I believe that a cohesive and close working relationship between the Sharia Court and the NBA is pivotal to the progress of the NBA.”

The NBA President went ahead to commend the Grand Khadi for championing many lawyer-friendly policies including ensuring that Khadis in the Sharia Courts at all levels are qualified Legal Practitioners. He also expressed his personal delight that all parties involved in the trial and sentencing of Yahaya Aminu, the Kano-based musician who was recently sentenced to death by a Sharia Court, have affirmed that Mr Aminu has the inalienable right to appeal this conviction and that this right will not be abridged.

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