‘Why I withdrew my support for NBA’ – Rivers state Gov. Nyesom Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has withdrawn all promises made to the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA in Rivers State.

Governor Wike made the announcement during the special court session of the Formal Opening of the 2019/2020 Legal Year of the Rivers State Judiciary in Port Harcourt.

According to the Governor, the NBA threatened to shutdown the courts over the high rate of insecurity and constant attacks on lawyers in the state rather than seek for solution.

Governor Wike expressed regret that the Nigerian Bar Association crossed the redline by playing politics with the security situation.

Governor Wike further expressed displeasure with the output of the Rivers State Judiciary as cases before them take longer time.

Wike charged the State Judiciary to reciprocate the efforts and investments of the State Government by living up to expectation.

He said; “The NBA kept quiet when they closed down our courts in 2013. It lost its voice and remained indifferent when the homes of judges were brazenly attacked in the dead of night by security agents. Again, it looked the other way and maintained a conspiratorial silence when political thus invaded the High Court premises in a failed politically-motivated bid to stop judges from sitting.

” In the midst of these failures and acts of gross irresponsibility, the Chairman of the Port Harcourt branch of the NBA could have the temerity to issue ultimatums to the State Government and threatening to boycott courts on account of an unfortunate kidnap incident that affected a member of the association.

“We have withdrawn all our support and patronage for the NBA in Rivers State, including the promise to support the hosting of the 2020 National Conference of the NBA in Port Harcourt.”

The Chief Judge of Rivers State, Justice Adama Iyaye-Laminkara, in her address commended Governor Wike for the interventions of the State Government in the development of the State Judiciary, stating that the construction of Judges Quarters by the Rivers State Governor is a great achievement for the state.

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