A new gazette by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) has amended the Rules of Professional Conduct for Legal Practitioners 2007, removing the requirement for the NBA stamp and seal on court processes. Without the stamp, a lawyer could not submit any document or letter to the court and its sale has been one of the NBA’s major revenue sources, allowing it to remain independent of various political interests. However, with the amendment of the process by Malami, the use of the stamps is no longer necessary. This also implies that persons who are not members of the NBA, including non-lawyers, are allowed to submit court processes. This move has drawn a lot of criticism from lawyers, because it was done without any consultation and only the General Council of the NBA can amend the Rules of Professional Conduct. This also occurs mere weeks after the formation of a ‘New NBA’ made up of Northern chapters of the NBA, which broke away from the main body after Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai was disinvited as a speaker at the NBA Annual General Conference.
The Benue State Security Council has called for the release of all “repentant youths” arrested by men of Operation Ayem A Kpatuma on their way to being granted amnesty by the state government. The Security Council also asked for the release of vehicles and all items confiscated by the army during the operation, including the official vehicle of the Executive Chairman of Katsina-Ala Local Government Council, Hon. Alfred Atera, in which the late Terwase Akwaza also known as Gana was being conveyed to Makurdi. Governor Ortom had earlier resolved to extend the amnesty programme to other parts of the state. In addition, Mzough-U-Tiv (MUT), a Tiv socio-cultural organisation has described Gana’s killing as extra-judicial. They have rejected the army’s account of events and called for a judicial commission of inquiry into Gana’s death, calling it an affront on the Tiv ethnic group.
The Okun ethnic nationality in Kogi State has demanded relocation from the North-Central geopolitical zone to the South-West. They have also asked for a separate state made up of the Okun people and the core Yoruba speaking part of Kwara. Their demand was contained in the memorandum sent to the Senate Committee on the review of the 1999 constitution through the Okun Development Association. It read in part: “The Okun people of Kogi State reaffirm their Yoruba origin. It is incontrovertible that their culture and values are the same as those of Yoruba in the South-West of Nigeria with whom we share territorial contiguity and economic relations. We therefore put forward as our core demand, the readjustment or relocation of Okun people’s political and land boundary from the North-Central zone to the South-West. In joining the South-West, we demand that Okunland be incorporated as a state (Okun State), since we have all it takes to be a viable one.’’
The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has deployed the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Research and Planning, Adeleye Oyabade, to supervise the general security arrangement for the Edo governorship election holding on September 19. He will be assisted by an Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Federal Operations at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, Karma Hosea, and eight commissioners of police. The IG has also barred security aides attached to very important personalities (VIPs) and political appointees from accompanying their principals on Election Day. He warned that anyone who flouted this order “will be severely reprimanded.”