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NIGERIA Bar Association, NBA, said it is doing everything possible to weed out bad eggs from the legal profession and judiciary. Its President, Mr Abubakar Balarabe Mahmood, stated this at the sideline of the National Executive Council meeting of the association yesterday in Minna. “The allegations of corruption against the bar and bench should not undermine the significant contributions of the judiciary and the legal profession to nation building. Few bad eggs should not lead to total condemnation of the institution. “NBA will always cooperate with the federal government to fish out bad eggs, but this should be done in accordance with due process and the rule of law.” While conceding to the fact that “there are problems in the judiciary and the entire legal profession that needs to be addressed”, the NBA president said the association is working round the clock to solve these problems. “NBA is making efforts to ensure that the integrity of the profession and the judiciary is restored and improved upon. The allegations against members are under investigation, if they are established, the NBA will come out with disciplinary measures against those concerned”. Mahmood called on the public to give the much needed respect to the legal profession which he maintained had played vital developmental roles in the nation’s political and economic live. Speaking at the opening of the conference, the NBA president said part of the agenda for the meeting is to “set in motion the machinery of building a brand new bar association”. Niger Atate acting Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed Ketso, who declared the meeting open, announced that the state government is working round the clock to ensure the revision of laws of the state which were last reviewed 30 years ago. Ketso said government is also working on a new code of conduct for prosecutors, noting that very soon, a new guideline and procedure for judicial officers would come into operation. The acting governor submitted that the state would domesticate the administration of the criminal justice act to serve as a catalyst for speedy administration of justice. A bill to this effect would soon be sent to the House of Assembly.


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