Malami: Lawyers sign petition to ensure AGF stripped of SAN title over NBA code amendment

Due to the outrage that engulfed the political sphere over the decision of the attorney-general of the federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, to amend the code of the Nigeria Bar Association; some lawyers have taken steps to ensure the AGF is stripped of his SAN title.

SAN is the highest rank for lawyers in Nigeria.

iReporter had reported that these amendments by Malami is related to the rules of professional conduct for legal practitioners (RPC), 2007.

The requirement for the NBA stamp and seal on court processes was removed in the amendment, likewise creating room for non-lawyers to submit court processes.

However, in the petition filed by Izu Aniagu on www.change.org; Malami was accused to of taking the decision alone, thereby constituting a threat to the rule of law.

“Since assumption of office, the Attorney General of the Federation has continued to go rogue; from his disobedience to court order; to his lackluster prosecution; to his outright failure to prosecute; also to allegations of corruption; and bias against his person; to usurpation of office; to shielding of suspects; as well as to his general dereliction of duty,” the petition reads.

“This time, the AGF has decided to take his imprudence to top notch by unilaterally deleting the provisions of the Rules of Professional Conduct; which provide for stamp and seal as well as bar practicing fee for government lawyers.

“The AGF does not have such power. Section 12 (4) of the LPA gives the General Council of the Bar power; to make any such amendment and also make other decisions concerning the NBA.
“There is no record of any meeting convened by the The Attorney General of the Federation who is the president of The Bar Council. The AGF took the decision alone and his actions constitute a threat to the rule of law.

“His action is totally shameful and is underserving of a lawyer in the rank of a Senio Advocate; let alone a Chief Law Officer of the federation.”

The NBA President, Olumide Akpata, in his reaction had also kicked against the amendments; saying Malami did not follow due process.



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