NBA Wades Into Rivers Judiciary Crisis

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Members of the Ni
gerian Bar Association (NBA) in Rivers State have initiated moves for a peaceful resolution surrounding the crisis rocking the state judiciary.
These includes members from the five branches of the NBA in the state, Port Harcourt, Isiokpo, Bori, Degema and Ahoada.
The steps taken so far include an emergency meeting held at the Port Harcourt Club and attended by members of NBA from Port Harcourt branch as well as legal practioners in the state.
Top on the agenda of the meeting was for the organisation to have a clear standing on the issues bordering on the appointment of a substantive Chief Judge as well as the recent passage of the state High Court Law by the state House of Assembly which had already assented to by the state governor.
Speaking to journalists at the state Ministry of Justice complex on the out come of the meeting, the chairman of NBA, Port Harcourt branch, Barr, Denis Okwakpan said far decisions were taken aimed at resolving the crisis at the state judiciary.
Barr Okwakpa disclosed that the leadership of the NBA in the state has gotten approval from its members to engage all the authorities in the matter, the state government and the National Judicial Council (NJC) on how to resolve the crisis.
According to him, the meeting resolved to constitute a five member committee that would cut across all the five branches of the Association in the state so as to enable members participate actively, “we believe with this development, the crisis will come to an end.”

 

Cross section of Rivers State Judges during a public function in Port Harcourt, recently. Photo: Nwiueh Donatus Ken.
Cross section of Rivers State Judges during a public function in Port Harcourt, recently. Photo: Nwiueh Donatus Ken.

Chioma Egbeogu