The leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ilorin Branch has set the ball rolling on the implementation of the resolutions made during its emergency meeting. The emergency meeting was in reaction to the ugly incident over police brutality reported last week.
The resolutions were as follows:
1. A strongly worded letter to be written to the Inspector General of Police on the incident and other bodies, agencies and offices, including the Attorney General’s Office and the National Human Rights Commission should be copied.
2. File legal actions (both civil and Criminal Proceedings) against the Nigeria Police.
3. Demand for a Quick Response Desk for lawyers at all Police formations in Nigeria.
4. Peaceful protest to be held within the Court premises or selected areas of Ilorin (modalities to be communicated to members)
5. Legal teams to prosecute the suits to be constituted by the NBA Branch Chairman / Officers
6. Hold a press conference on the NBA’s stance on the ugly incident.
7. Discuss a way forward to eradicate the lingering tussles between the Police and Legal practitioners, including the undue treatment faced by legal practitioners with police prosecutors.
As a follow up to the resolutions made therefore, the leadership of the NBA Ilorin has issued a progress report on the resolutions made. In a message shared with The Voice by the leadership of the Bar, the following updates were itemized:
RESOLUTIONS 1 & 3:
* Letter to the Inspector General of Police is ready but delayed for the input of our legal teams.*
* Demand for Quick Response Desk was included in the letter to the IGP
* Other stakeholders to be copied
RESOLUTIONS 2 & 5:
The Legal teams as constituted include:-
A. CIVIL LITIGATION (ENFORCEMENT OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS OF THE AFFECTED MEMBERS):
1. Dr. J. O. Olatoke SAN
2. K. K. Eleja SAN
3. Prof. Wahab Egbewole SAN
4. Dr. D. A. Ariyoosu
5. Yusuf Dikko Esq.
6. Yahaya Alajo Esq.
7. NBA Ilorin Legal Adviser
B. CRIMINAL LITIGATION (DIRECT CRIMINAL COMPLAINTS)
1 Dr. D. A. Ariyoosu
2. Yusuf Dikko Esq.
3. Yahaya Alajo Esq.
4. Muritala Shola Sambo Esq.
5. NBA Ilorin Legal Adviser
1. Letter was written to the Chief Judge of Kwara State to inform the State Judiciary about the plan protest, but His Lordship strongly opposed the usage of the court premises and environs.
Consequently, we need to take our planned protest to the streets. We have briefed the National Officers and we were informed that “street protest” cannot be embarked upon by a branch without the approval of the National Officers/NEC. We have written a letter to the National body for approval to that effect.
Press conference was held on Thursday, 18/10/2018 with local and national tabloids. We granted interviews to Vanguard, Punch, National Pilot newspapers, Sobi fm and News Agency of Nigeria.
Finally, we are fully ready to give our court cases adequate publicity.
With the passage of Criminal Justice Bill, the challenges of Police prosecutors will soon become history in Kwara State.
The NBA therefore solicits for the support and solidarity of the members in carrying out the resolutions.