The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Abuja (Unity Bar) has reacted to an unfortunate event that transpired between his worship, Ibrahim Mohammed Of Zone 6 Magistrate Court Abuja, and a member of the branch Mr. Eburu Ekwe Barth.
Recall that ASKLEGALPALACE, had earlier reported that His Worship, Ibrahim Mohammed ordered for the arrest and remand of lawyer, Eburu, for interjecting when he was delivering a ruling on an application brought in by the opposing Lawyer.
Nigerian Bar Association Abuja (Unity Bar), in its statement signed by the Publicity Secretary, Prince Adebiyi Adetosoye, described the action as a sentimental show of anger.
The statement reads “The Nigerian Bar Association Abuja, (Unity Bar) condemns every unruly act or disrespect to the court, we, however, find it extremely offensive and the highest level of abuse of power to summarily sentence a lawyer to jail without giving him a fair hearing in a manner that is best described as a sentimental show of anger.
“We also find it rather unfortunate that all the attempts made by the NBA Abuja Bar to appeal to the Magistrate while the issue was still on-going to tender justice with mercy proved abortive.
“The NBA has immediately filed an application to review the Order of court sentencing him to jail without fair hearing even when we had over 20 lawyers offering to take on the matter,” Adetosoye, noted.
The branch further stated that they have reached out to the necessary authorities to ensure that this Order of court is reversed immediately.
“We are also going to be submitting a petition against the Magistrate and ensure this trend is permanently put to a final stop.
“We are currently battling with police brutality against lawyers we cannot allow our own institutions who should naturally be the last hope of the common man turn itself into a tool for brutalizing lawyers.
Unity Bar is also using this opportunity to appeal to all the Lawyers in the FCT to remain calm as we are on top of the matter and we shall ensure that this arbitrary use of power by Magistrate Ibrahim Mohammed is curtailed.
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