The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has arrange a 13-member committee which will likely be taking over public interest suits on its behalf.
The affiliation’s Publicity Secretary, Rapulu Nduka, acknowledged in a press release on Wednesday that the Public Interest Litigation Committee (PILC) is led by Charles Mekwunye as Chairman, and Olumide Ayeni, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, as Co-Chairman.
Mr Nduka acknowledged that “recent events in the nation have reinforced the need for the NBA to activate its public interest litigation machinery”.
Newsmen had reported how the NBA mentioned in a press assertion about 5 days in the past that it was contemplating instituting public interest suits to problem authorities’ arbitrary acts.
The affiliation had made the assertion within the wake of the protests embarked upon by 30 magistrates in Calabar to demand the fee of about 24 months ongoing wage owed them by the Cross Rivers State Government.
On Wednesday, the NBA mentioned its new committee will assist “to institute actions to challenge and seek judicial intervention on various issues”.
“To that end, the NBA has now empaneled a 13-member NBA Public Interest Litigation Committee (PILC) with a mandate to, among other things, actively take steps to restore and reinforce the faith of the society in law as a veritable tool to bringing solutions to societal issues and checking abuse of power,” the assertion added.
Aside the chairman and co-chairman, the opposite members of the PILC are Paul Ananaba, who’s presently the Chairman of the NBA’s Section on Public Interest and Development Law (SPIDEL), Kunle Edun, Aderemi Oguntoye, Boonyameen Lawal, Solomon Oho, Gloria Ballason, Malachy Odo, Olumide Babalola, Baba Isah, Amaka Ezeno, and Auwal Yau.