Insist they have a right to attend the Annual General Conference

Protesting lawyers, on Thursday, stormed and shut the main entrance into the Abuja International Conference Centre, where the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) is having their annual general conference.

The lawyers barricaded the gate, preventing registered lawyers being conveyed in buses from going in, as well as preventing those inside from going out. They also engaged security agents in arguments, shoving and pushing one another.

The aggrieved lawyers were protesting the 500 percent hike in conference fees since the event began on Sunday.

The protest, which lasted over two hours, threw the conference into confusion, as the protesting lawyers alleged that entrance into annual conference venue was upon payment of practising fee as provided in section 6 (7) of the NBA constitution and not upon payment of conference fee as erroneously held by the outgoing national executive.

They insisted that they had a right to attend the Annual General Meeting, where the outgoing administration led by Joseph Daudu, SAN, will rendered account of his two-year stewardship.

?A lot of things are going wrong in NBA and if we keep quiet, things will spoil totally,? one the protesting lawyer said.

Meanwhile, the NBA Third Vice-President, Dr. Ogugua Ikpeze; General Secretary, Muyiwa Akinboro; and Chairman of Council National Human Rights Commission, Prof Chidi Odinkalu were among those locked out.

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