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NBA-NEC removes SPIDEL’s, Aikpokpo-Martins, others after suit against IGP

  The National Executive Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA-NEC) has removed the executives of the Section on Public Interest and Development Law (SPIDEL)…

 

The National Executive Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA-NEC) has removed the executives of the Section on Public Interest and Development Law (SPIDEL) led by John Aikpokpo-Martins.

The NBA-NEC also directed the withdrawal of all the public interest court cases that the outgoing SPIDEL executives filed and hand over to the newly constituted caretaker committee.

The decisions were reached at quarterly meeting of the NEC last week in Jos, Plateau State.

The caretaker committee has Ben Oji of the Warri branch, Funke Aderemi of the Ilorin branch, Yakubu Philemon (SAN) of the Abuja branch, and Eva Amadi of the Port Harcourt branch as members.

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The NBA-NEC further proscribed the Forum of Body of Vice Chairmen and any other forum or body unknown to the NBA constitution.

Furthermore, the NEC passed a vote of confidence on the NBA executive committee led by the president, Yakubu Chonoko Maikyau (SAN).

Maikyau had accused SPIDEL chairman, John Aikpokpo-Martins of taking unauthorised actions beyond the section’s mandate and undermining his office.

He consequently ordered officials to halt activities pending a meeting on February 1.

 Daily Trust had reported how the NBA-SPIDEL led by its chairman, Aikpokpo-Martins sued the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun, over the issuance of the Central Motor Information System for vehicle owners across the country.

The action followed the end of a seven-day ultimatum to the Nigeria Police Force through a letter dated January 29, 2024 and signed by Aikpokpo-Martins and NBA-SPIDEL Secretary, Funmi Adeogun, challenging the legality of issuance of the vehicle certificate.

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