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PRESS RELEASE: NBA PRESIDENT CONSTITUTES DISCIPLINARY PANELS

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), has reconstituted membership of its disciplinary committee in order to cope with serious challenges of indiscipline which have arisen in recent times.

Speaking at the formal inauguration of nine (9) NBA technical committees, yesterday, in Abuja, the NBA President, Abubakar Balarabe Mahmoud OON, SAN, said that the association has found it expedient to reconstitute its disciplinary committee and would not fold its arms and watch helplessly as waves of indiscipline erode the culture of decorum, discipline and decency which had distinguished the legal practice as a noble profession. "I like to say that we have had serious challenges of indiscipline and I like our members to reflect on this." said A. B. Mahmoud, OON, SAN.

"These challenges bother on unruly behaviours which are contrary to the entrenched traditions of the profession. He said. "These issues include discipline, respect for elders in the profession, seniority and decorum. I like to say that many of us are deeply concerned and have been despondent at the turn of events.

"At times, some lawyers make hateful comments against their leaders, against their senior colleagues. This is very unacceptable. We will really put a stop to this.

"The spate of litigations by members across the country is worrisome. Believe me, one of the first challenges that confronted me as President of NBA was the spate of litigation from various branches.

"In Abuja, here, we have had serious issues of indiscipline, indecorum and indecent conducts.

It is not about who is right but about what is right and appropriate for our profession.

"I went to Osun State about two months ago and was confronted with serious issues of indiscipline perpetrated by our members who showed gross indiscipline to the Chief Judge, barricading the Chief Judge from entering the court premises. This is most unacceptable. I will plead with our members to show utmost restraint, utmost discipline and utmost respect.

"Let me remark about comments we receive on social media. While we live in an era of social media, we, as lawyers must be careful about comments we make in the social media about our profession. Let us be advocates of discipline, let's be advocates of decorum and let's be advocates of decency."

In view of the foregoing development, it has become pragmatic for the Nigerian Bar Association to reconstitute its disciplinary committee in order to cope with contemporary challenges of indiscipline which are manifesting themselves in our profession.

The Members of the disciplinary panels are:

LAGOS PANEL A
S/N   NAME                                                 DESIGNATION
1      GEORGE OGUNTDAE, SAN                    CHAIRMAN
2      DR. FABIAN AJOGWU SAN, FCIArb        ALT. CHAIRMAN
3      WALE IROKOSU, ESQ
4      MRS. IFEOMA M. OKWUOSA, ESQ
5      FEMI FAJOLU, ESQ
6      MRS. TOSIN ADEKOYA, ESQ

LAGOS PANEL B
1     DR BABATUNDE AJIBODE, SAN CHAIRMAN
2     LEVI ADIKWAONE, ESQ. ALT. CHAIRMAN
3     MRS. MUNA ESEGINE, ESQ
4     MBANUGO UDENZE, ESQ
5     MORENIKE OBI-FARINDE, ESQ
6     TOCHUKWU CHUKWUMERIJE SECRETARY

LAGOS PANEL C
1     KEMI PINHEIRO, SAN CHAIRMAN
2     BIRIYAI DAMBO, SAN ALT. CHAIRMAN
3     ASUE IGHODALO, ESQ
4    MRS. PRISCILIA OGWEMOH, ESQ
5    INAM WILSON, ESQ
6    LATEEF AJAYI, ESQ
7    OMOTAYO KAZEEM OLATUNBOSUN SECRETARY

SOUTH-SOUTH PANEL A
1.    CHIKE ONYEMENAM, SAN CHAIRMAN
2.    RAYMOND ISITOR, ESQ
3.    AUSTINE AJINEH, ESQ
4.    MRS. ALERO AGBO GHORUMA, ESQ
5.    BOLA ADEKANLE, ESQ
6.    SIMON K. MOKIDI, ESQ.
7.    ANDREW ODUM, ESQ. SECRETARY

SOUTH-SOUTH PANEL B
1.   NTUFAN, MBA UKWENI, SAN, CHAIRMAN
2.   MARC ENAMHE, ALT. CHAIRMAN
3.   PAUL IBOM, ESQ
4.   JOYCE OPUAH, SECRETARY
5.   UDUAK ENEH, ESQ

SOUTH-SOUTH PANEL C
1.   DEJO LAMIKARAN, SAN, CHAIRMAN
2.   DR. ANTHONY OKORODAS, ALT. CHAIRMAN
3.   JOSEPH ZABBEY, ESQ
4.   AMOMIA AMASO, ESQ
5.   VINCENT OGBUMGBADA, ESQ
6.   EMEKA ICHOKU, ESQ
7.   NNAMDI GEORGE AMADI, ESQ

SOUTH EAST PANEL A
1.   D.C. DEMWIGWE, SAN, CHAIRMAN
2.   NDUKWE NNAWUCHI, SAN, ALT. CHAIRMAN
3.   SIR.C.O.N. ANYIAM, ESQ
4.   REV.FR. MBACHU, ESQ
5.   EMMA UKAEGBU, ESQ
6.   ALEX NWOSU, ESQ
7.   EJIE OKEKE CHIMARAOKE, ESQ.
8.   UDO UDUMA, ESQ.
9.   BARTH OKOYE, ESQ
10.  OKEY EDEDE, ESQ
11.  N.D. OJEH, ESQ. SECRETARY


SOUTH EAST PANEL B
1. JUSTINA OFFIA, SAN,    CHAIRMAN
2. EMEKA ANAENUGWU, SAN ALT. CHAIRMAN
3. MATHEW A.O. IYAMABO, ESQ
4. DAVID ELUKA, ESQ
5. MRS. THEODORE IGWEBE , ESQ
6. RAY UKANWA, ESQ
7. UDE UNYA, ESQ
8. IFEOMA N. KATCHY, ESQ
9. MRS. ADA EDOZIE, ESQ
10. STEVE ONONYE, SECRETARY

SOUTH WEST PANEL A
1. OLAGOKE OLUYEMI FAKUNLE, SAN
2. DAYO AKINLAJA, SAN,   ALT. CHAIRMAN
3. WALE AFOLABI, ESQ
4. EKERETE UDOFOT, ESQ
5. BENSON AMUWA, ESQ
6. PASTOR ADEWUNMI, ESQ
7. G.A. ADESINA, ESQ
8. SEGUN ISUMEDE, ESQ
9. DOSU BABATUNDE, ESQ

SOUTH WEST PANEL B
1. MICHAEL FASHANU, SAN,  CHAIRMAN
2. CHIEF AYODELE ADEBAYO,  ALT.CHAIRMAN
3. LUQUAN LAOYE, ESQ
4. MRS. AJOSE, ESQ
5. FEMI AKINTOMIWA, ESQ
6. MAMA FIDA, ESQ
7. LAIDE YAKEEN OLADEPO, ESQ

ABUJA PANEL A
1. OLA OLANIPEKUN, SAN
2. PAUL HARRIS OGBOLE, ESQ
3. OKEY AJUNWA, ESQ
4. DR. SUNDAY KAYOD, ESQ
5. HENRY IHUNDE, ESQ
6. ADAMSON ADEBORO, ESQ
7. UCHE ONYEDUM, ESQ
8. AYOTUNDE OGUNLEYE, ESQ

ABUJA PANEL B
1. TAWO EJA TAWO, SAN,  CHAIRMAN
2. SAM ZIBIRI, SAN  ALT. CHAIRMAN
3. Anthony Oka, ESQ
4. DANIEL OLEDEYE, ESQ
5. ELDER DICKSON IBE, ESQ
6. M.M. AYINLA, ESQ
7. EMEKA ONYEAKA, ESQ, SECRETARY

NORTH EAST PANEL
1. CHIEF LEONARD DANIEL NZADON,  CHAIRMAN
2. LUKA A. HARUNA, ESQ.
3. D.G. HASSAN, ESQ
4. AISHA MOHAMMED, ESQ
5. STEPHEN SUNDAY, ESQ,   SECRETARY

NORTH WEST PANEL
1. NNAMANSO EKANEM, SAN, CHAIRMAN
2. MALIKI UMAR, ALT. CHAIRMAN
3. TAJUDEEN OLADOJA, ESQ
3. LINDA BALA, ESQ
4. ABDULAHI M. DANIGE, ESQ
5. ABUBAKAR YUSUF, ESQ
6. MOHAMMED SANI, ESQ
7. BAFA ALHASSAN, ESQ

NORTH CENTRAL
1. SOLOMON UMOH, SAN, CHAIRMAN
2. K.K. ELEJA, SAN
3. ISHAKU USMAN, ESQ
4. SALMAN JAWANDO, ESQ
5. T.T. IGBA, ESQ
6. SULEIMAN M. LIMAN, ESQ
7. NANFA DANIEL DELLENG, ESQ, SECRETARY

Signed:
Isiaka Abiola Olagunju,Esq
General Secretary of the NBA
19 July, 2017.


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