Nigerian Bar Association National

The Onitsha Branch of the NBA has published a disclaimer on the alleged several newspaper publications inviting the Public to a Two- day Seminar and Human Rights awards presentation, said to be organised by “Human Rights Defenders Nig” in conjunction with the Nigeria Bar Association, Onitsha Branch.

According to the Press release signed by the branch’s Chairman and Secretary, the Eastern Branch of the NBA has no hand in the supposed event as there is no plan of such to be executed by the branch.

TheNigerialawyer recalls that Amnesty International had earlier kicked against the alleged plan of Onitsha NBA to award some persons in the said event. According to AI, the recipients of the accolades do not deserve the honour being persons with record of human rights violation.

Below reads the Disclaimer Notice

The attention of the Nigerian Bar Association, Onitsha Branch has been drawn to several newspaper publications inviting the Public to a Two- day Seminar and Human Rights awards presentation, organised by “Human Rights Defenders Nig” in conjunction with the Nigeria Bar Association, Onitsha Branch. The said event is billed to take place from 24th -25th April 2018.

The Nigeria Bar Association Onitsha Branch, notes that no decision was taken to embark on such event (in line with its age-long practice and procedure) nor was such an event brought to the notice of the body.

Consequently, the Onitsha Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, is constrained to disassociate itself from the said seminar and human rights awards presentation, and further states as follows:

1. The said program is the sole initiative of the “Human Rights Defenders Nig”.
2. The selection of the awardees were compiled by the said “Human Rights Defenders Nig” without any input from the Onitsha Branch of the Nigerian Bar
Association.

Ikenna Chibuzor                     R.E. Nduka Esq.
Chairman N.BA,Onitsha          Secretary  N.BA,Onitsha

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