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Court Sacks NBA President

Abubakar Mahmoud

SAN FRANCISCO, March 31, (THEWILL) – A federal high court in Abuja has voided the 2015 constitution of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA through which Abubakar Mahmoud was elected as President of the Association in July 2016.

The court gave the order in a suit filed by Supo Ojo, a lawyer, challenging the procedure of amending the said constitution.

To this end, the court order de-legitimises the Presidency of Mahmoud because he emerged president of the NBA on the voided constitution.

By implication, his recommendation of senior lawyers to the National Judicial Council (NJC) for appointment as judges is now invalid.

In fact, the judgment will likely affect all decisions the bar since 2010.

Meanwhile, the General Council of the NBA will preside affairs of the association pending a fresh election under the constitution passed by a resolution of members in 2001.