The Nigerian Bar Association Oron branch, Akwa Ibom State, has resolved that there will be a total boycott of the High Court Okobo Division presided over by Hon. Justice T. Udobong from the 29th of April, 2019.
This was contained in a letter written to the Chief Justice of Akwa Ibom, dated the 29th day of April, 2019, and made available toTheNigerialawyer(TNL).
The NBA branch had made the resolution in a meeting held on the 26th day of April, 2019, based on alleged allegations of aggression, indiscretion and abuse of power by His Lordship.
Lawyers in the branch noted that Hon. Justice T. Udobong has been known for abuse of lawyers before litigants, unilateral fixing of dates against lawyer’s choice; combative nature of adjudication; cancelling of bails and refusal to grant bails; unilateral striking out of cases; condemning lawyer to park their vehicles in a muddy bush; refusing to respect seniority of lawyers in court; hostile attitudes towards lawyers; and intimidation of witnesses in court.
The branch as a result of the above-mentioned alleged acts of His Lordship urged the Chief Justice to redeploy Hon. Justice T. Udobong and assign another Judge to the said Division.
The branch also resolved that until the redeployment is effected, lawyers will not appear before His Lordship.
Copied in the letter are: The Chief Registrar, the Assistant Chief Registrar, the NBA Uyo branch Chairman, the NBA Eket branch Chairman and the Chairman, NBA Ikot Ekpene branch.
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