By Raphael Christopher – member Enugu Bar
The document being circulated appears to suggest that The NBA stamp and seal policy has been amended by the Attorney General.
But this news on the Balance of probabilities is unlikely to be credible.
Section 12(4) of the Legal Practitioners Act (LPA) gives the General Council of the Bar (“the Bar Council”) the right to make decisions concerning the NBA
This is because S 1(1) of the LPA, the General Council of the Bar are charged with the general management of the affairs of the Nigerian Bar Association (subject to any limits set out in the constitution of the NBA).
We know that The Bar Council is made The Attorney-General of the Federation, Attorneys-General of the States and twenty members of the NBA.
The twenty members of The NBA was only just elected and sworn in August 27, 2020.
There is no record of any meeting convened by the The Attorney General of the Federation who is the president of The Bar Council, who cannot act unilaterally independent of The Bar Council and since The Bar Council has not met or any such proposal placed before them, it is difficult to envisage a scenario where this news would be credible.