Bar association boycotts courts

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Gambia Bar Association (GBA) has called on all it members to boycott the courts of the four Nigerian judges forthwith, until further notice.

The decision to boycott the four courts was contained in a press release signed by the GBA secretary general, and issued at the end of an emergency general meeting on 27 March 2017 at the High Court in Banjul.

In the statement, the association said the appointment of the four judges: Justice Edward Ogar, Justice Martias Olusegun Agboola, Justice Simeon Abi and Justice Martins U. Okoi, “was not in line with the 1997 Constitution of the Republic of The Gambia”.

“Members of the Bar are expected to respect the decision of the general body and not to appear before these Judges under any circumstances, until further notice,” the GBA declared. 

The association “shall proceed to file an action to challenge the said appointments, and to seek an order quashing their appointment and necessary relief.

“Senior members of the Gambia Bar Association in collaboration with the executive shall engage the Judicial Service Commission and the executive of the government through the Minister of Justice to continue the necessary dialogue and consultation for the development of the protection of the administration of justice system,” the release added.

Author: Bruce Asemota