NBA President-Elect Condemns Arrest of Protesters in Nigeria

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NBA President, Olumide Akpata, Storms Kano
Olumide Akpata

The president-elect of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olumide Akpata has described the recent spate of arrest of protesters across Nigeria as unfortunate, pledging to tackle such unconstitutional official disposition when he assumes office.

Akpta said in a post on his Facebook page Friday evening that “I must use this opportunity to address the unfortunate arrest and harassment of protesters in different parts of the country by officers of the security agencies on Wednesday for exercising their fundamental rights.

“We have long veered off the mark in theareas of respect for fundamental rights of citizens, and the NBA under my administration will make this a frony burner issue”, he wrote.

In the same breath, Mr Akpata commended President Buhari for “the assent into law” the Companies and Allied Matter Bill 2020.

‘I welcome with great delight, the news of the assent into law, by President Buhari, of the Companies and Allied Matter Bill 2020. This is undoubtedly a big feat for the legal profession and the wider Nigerian economy.

“Hopefully, the proper implementation of the innovative provisions of the Act will go a long way towards settling the ongoing tension between lawyers and the CAC which is one of the first things I pledge to tackle upon assumption of office”, he wrote.

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