NBA Condemns Intrusion Of Appeal Court Justice’s Residence By EFCC

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Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has strongly condemned the intrusion of the residence of the Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Kano Division, Justice Ita Mbaba, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

This was contained in a statement issued on Wednesday by the NBA President and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Yakubu Maikyau.

The NBA described the action as unwarranted and completely unacceptable.

The statement said while it does not in any way oppose the EFCC or any other law enforcement agency in the discharge of their statutory duties, the NBA would lawfully resist any attempt to harass, intimidate, or in any way bully judges and justices.

The EFCC in its statement admitted that its operatives were on a “Property Verification Exercise” and stated that His Lordship is “not under any investigation by the Commission”.

The statement however fell short of rendering an apology to His Lordship and the Judiciary for the invasion of His Lordship’s privacy and the resultant embarrassment by the actions of its operatives.

The NBA said the intrusion of the residence of His Lordship; it is unwarranted and completely unacceptable.

The NBA said it will not shirk in its responsibility to protect and defend the Rule of Law as well as the integrity and independence of the Judiciary.

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