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  • Updated: May 29, 2024

Kano Emirship: NBA condemns conflicting court orders

Kano Emirship: NBA condemns conflicting court orders

The President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Yakubu Chonoko Maikyau, OON, SAN, has expressed his disappointment over the conflicting orders issued by the Federal High Court and the Kano State High Court regarding the tussle for the stool of the Emir of Kano.

This is contained in a statement on Wednesday and Maikyau described the conduct of the counsel and the courts as an utter disgrace and a shame to the legal profession, which has brought public ridicule.

According to him, the actions have inflicted severe damage on the legal profession; damage that will take a long time to repair and rebuild.

“I must say, without any equivocation, that the conducts of counsel and the Courts in the handling of the proceedings which culminated in the orders issued by the Federal High Court, the Kano State High Court and again the Federal High Court, in circus, have brought utter disgrace and shame to the profession have exposed the entire legal profession in Nigeria to public ridicule and opprobrium.

“The damage is one that would take the legal profession a long time to recover from. It is unfortunate and was totally uncalled for.

“For a country whose legal resources and expertise have for several decades been exported and positively impacted not only the African continent but the world at large, it is completely unacceptable that the processes of our courts would be deployed in the manner we have witnessed in the last couple of days, on a subject matter that is as clear as chieftaincy dispute,” the statement reads in part.

Maikyau further pointed out the need for an urgent review of the professional conduct of both the counsel and judges involved in these matters. He called for ethical and professional scrutiny to determine any culpability.

Regarding the lawyers involved, Maikyau assured that the NBA would not hesitate to initiate disciplinary actions if any professional misconduct is found.

“The NBA, on the other hand, will investigate the conduct of the counsel involved in these cases and shall not hesitate to commence disciplinary action against them before the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee, should there be any finding of alleged professional misconduct against them.”

Maikyau said that the NBA is committed to maintaining professional standards and ensuring that the legal profession in Nigeria upholds its integrity and public trust.

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