NBA Sokoto Branch Leadership Denies Reports of Crisis in the Bar


The leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Sokoto Branch has denied reports of crisis in the bar describing it as a “figment of the author’s imagination.”

In a statement on Thursday, the Branch’s executive officers elucidated on the circumstances surrounding the Ramadan package given to the visiting members by the Sokoto State Government and how it was thereafter shared equally by all.

The rejoinder reads:

FALSE CLAIM OF CRISIS IN NBA SOKOTO BRANCH: 

MATTER OF JUDICIAL AUTONOMY

Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) embarked on strike on 6th April, 2021 for financial autonomy. On 30th April, 2021, NBA Chairman of Sokoto Branch alongside other EXCO members, and some elders of the Bar went and delivered a message of the non negotiable stance for actualization of full financial autonomy. The letter was personally received by His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal CFR, Life Bencher (Mutawallen Sokoto).

On the 31st of May, 2021, the world was greeted by the above self-serving untrue and malicious statement coming from one blogger in the person of Bridget of Edokwe. “Neither let us be slandered from our duty by false accusations against us, nor frightened from it by menaces of destruction…” Abraham Lincoln

Suffice to state categorically that the entire piece is a figment of the imagination of the convoluted mind of the author and her cohorts. Ms. Edokwe who claims to be a lawyer ought to have verified her facts. She could have easily done so by getting in touch with key players or the executive of the branch for a well-informed reportage. Could it be that the publication was to serve the interest of well-known traducers of the branch who cry wolf in the absence of one to ensure that the community is put in confusion? 

  1. That the report of Ms. Bridget Edokwe on 31st May, 2021 was misrepresentation of facts, mischievous and untrue.
  1. That coincidentally, the visit was during the Holy Month of Ramadan, the Governor graciously treated the visitors i.e. members on the visit with an iftar package and was shared on equal basis to the members on the visit. 
  1. That there is no iota of crisis in NBA Sokoto Branch contrary to the publication on social media by Ms. Bridget Edokwe on 31st May, 2021.
  1. That the campaign of calumny must stop forthwith and an apology to that effect tendered to NBA Sokoto Branch by the blogger for false, baseless and unsubstantiated publication.
  1. That the resolution passed and adopted on the Ramadan package at the monthly general meeting duly conveyed on the 29th May, 2021, during which the issue of package was raised, deliberated, adopted and finally laid to rest remains unaltered and cannot be revisited. 
  1. That the general public is advised to disregard false publication of crisis in NBA Sokoto Branch.

Long Live NBA Sokoto Branch!!!

M.A. Sambo, Esq.
Chairman
NBA Sokoto Branch

S.S. Auta, Esq.
Secretary
NBA Sokoto Branch
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M.M. Aliyu Esq
Publicity Secretary
NBA Sokoto Branch


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