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NBA condemns ‘invasion’ of Appeal Court Justice’s residence

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has condemned the ‘invasion’ of the residence of the Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Kano Division, Justice Ita Mbaba, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The NBA President and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Yakubu Maikyau, described it as unwarranted and completely unacceptable in a statement issued on Wednesday.

NBA would vigorously oppose any attempt to harass, intimidate, or bully judges and justices, he said.

“I have personally spoken with His Lordship and I was quite relieved to know that His Lordship is fine and calm. I contacted the Kano Branch Chairman of the NBA, who together with the Attorneys General of Kano and Jigawa States, engaged the officials of the EFCC on the matter”. Yakubu Maikyau noted.

The legal body also questioned the timing and manner of the “Property Verification Exercise” of the EFCC, saying as such verification could have been done without armed operatives, and at a more appropriate time of the day through a civil process.

NBA want EFCC to issue a public apology to His Lordship, the Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Kano Division, and the entire judiciary.

Writing by Adeniyi Bakare