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The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has refuted the allegations that the NBA President, Olumide Akpata has nominated himself or his sister to the National Judicial Council, noting that no nomination is yet to be made at all.

This is contained in a statement issued by the NBA Publicity Secretary, Dr. Rapulu Nduka which was made available to newsmen and titled “REBUTTAL: THE NBA PRESIDENT HAS NOT SENT ANY NOMINEE TO THE NATIONAL JUDICIAL COUNCIL”.

Meanwhile, the statement noted that the news making rounds “to the effect that the NBA President, Mr Olumide Akpata, has nominated himself and/or his sister to represent the NBA at the National Judicial Council (“NJC”) is unfounded and not true.

In addition, it was added that the news is far from the truth, adding that “This report is at best, the figment of the imagination of its purveyors” and therefore “members of the NBA are accordingly urged to disregard it.”

Meanwhile, the statement noted that the Association is yet to nominate members to the National Judicial Council and that information regarding the NJC is easily verifiable.

“The NBA also wishes to set the record straight and state, for the avoidance of doubt, that the NBA President has not nominated or recommended anyone to represent the NBA at the NJC or any other statutory body for that matter.

“The NJC is a public institution and information regarding its membership is easily verifiable. Any responsible news medium is expected to take the extra step of confirming information passed on to it by its sources before further stoking the flames of fake news spreading across the country.”

Finally, the statement added that the Association is one anchored on transparency and accountability.

The NBA remains committed to a transparent and accountable leadership that carries every member along, as this is the only way the Bar can be made to work for all”, he concluded.


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