Mr. Nimi Walson-Jack, a former general secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association, has been removed from the NBA National Executive Council (NBA-NEC). His support of the Law Society of Nigeria (LSN), a split off organization for lawyers, few months ago, led to the ban.
The NBA-NEC decided to suspend Mr. Nimi Walson-Jack from the NBA-NEC and revoke his powers as the organization’s former general secretary at its most recent quarterly meeting in Abuja. Mr. Walson-Jack served as a solicitor to the people who promoted the new Law Society. However, the Former NBA Scribe quickly responded that the suspension was illegal, claiming that it went against the letter of the NBA Constitution as well as his right to a fair hearing under the 1999 Constitution.
The former General Secretary, listed what he called a “Litany of Violations” in a statement, saying that the NBA’s leadership had violated the NBA Constitution, his fundamental right to a fair trial, and the right of his clients to counsel of their choosing. The NBA President served as the defendant’s accuser, defender, judge, and prosecution.
He claimed that, this is a change to the Constitution, which is solely the responsibility of the Annual General Meeting(AGM) Committee, the NBA-NEC “has no ability to suspend, expel, or remove a statutory member like me,” he said.