The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) says it will investigate the action of the senior counsel who represented the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal on Thursday.
NBA General Secretary, Mr Afam Osigwe, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja that the association would undertake the investigation to ascertain facts of what transpired at the tribunal before taking a position.
“We got different accounts in the media and would need the correct details to allow the NBA to react from an informed position. From the accounts we got through the media some said the lawyers walked out while others said they withdrew. So, due to the inconsistent choice of words, we cannot speak on the matter until we get the full and accurate details,” he said.
The lawyers, Messrs Mahmud Magaji (SAN) and Ahmed Raji (SAN), had withdrawn their services as lawyers representing Saraki at his trial on allegation of false asset declaration before the tribunal.
They had also staged a walk out with the junior lawyers who appeared with them before the tribunal concluded the case.
The lawyers openly announced their withdrawal following their perceived dissatisfaction with the ruling of the tribunal on their application for stay of proceedings.
They said that they were displeased with the decision of the tribunal refusing the application to stay proceeding in the trial pending the determination of an appeal they filed before the Supreme Court.
Specifically, Magaji had said: “This is a judicial rascality and I cannot be part of this process. I therefore withdraw my representation as the respondent’s counsel.”
Speaking in same vein, Raji said: “We have pending application before the supreme court.
“I believe that in the hierarchy of court we have the tail and the head and the tail cannot dictate for the head as we have seen here.
“I also withdraw my services as lawyer to the respondent.”
Meanwhile, a cross section of lawyers in Abuja has condemned the walk out by the senior counsel, describing it as a disgrace to the bar.
Some of the lawyers who spoke to NAN said the action of the lawyers was unethical, while some blamed the judge for not taking appropriate action to charge them for contempt.
Mr Nnanna Oketa said young lawyers were highly disappointed with the conduct of the senior advocates, adding that the action was more political than judicial.
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