NBA Conference Fallout: Lawyers that Stole Phones…will be Prosecuted – Akpata

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By Reporter 

Lawyers whose faces appeared in the video that showed the disturbing and embarrassing scene during the just concluded Nigeria Bar Association Annual Conference, may not go unpunished.

This latest threat was passed by Olumide Akpata, even as he has handed over the presidency to Yakubu Maikyau SAN as President of NBA.

The plan to punish lawyers who vandalised the 2022 Nigerian Bar Association’s conference materials was announced by Akpata on Thursday, August 25, 2022. According to him, anyone found complicit in the destruction of the conference materials on Tuesday, August 23, 2022, will face the consequences.

Akapata assured that any lawyer found to have been involved in the destruction of the conference material at the venue of the event will be punished.

The 2022 NBA Annual General Conference took place on Tuesday, August 23, at the Eko Atlantic City in Lagos.

The event which was well attended by leading presidential candidates, however witnessed some berserk display by some unruly lawyers who behaved like thugs.

Some of the lawyers at the venue of the event were captured on a trending video vandalising conference materials meant to be distributed to participants. It was learnt that the Technical Committee on Conference Planning (TCCP) of the NBA had earlier sent out emails informing lawyers that distribution of conference materials would be suspended owing to substandard materials that were supplied.

The information did little to pacify the ‘learned friends’ as they marched on the organizers, forcing them to flee and also destroyed the conference materials. Several mobile devices were reported to have been stolen as well.

A very disturbed Akpata said: “I hereby assure the generality of Nigerian legal practitioners that any lawyer found complicit in the vandalisation of conference booths, theft of phones, assault on officials will be prosecuted.

“No one said we will not encounter difficulties in life but the hallmark is how quickly we resolve such difficulties.”

There are suggestions by lawyers that, rivalry among the Association may have fueled the protest that is now questioning the character of legal professionals in Nigeria.

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