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Lawyers in Kaduna on Tuesday shunned the courts  in  compliance with the directive of the National Secretariat of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) that they should boycott the  courts  for two days in protest against the unconstitutional suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria , Justice Walter Onnoghen, by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Our correspondent who visited the Kaduna state High Court Complex, observed that all the courtrooms were empty.

The Kaduna branch Chairman of the association, Sule Shuaibu, and other senior members of the branch were seen going round the courts to ensure total compliance.

A senior member of the branch, Ifeanyi Egbuna, who was among the senior lawyers that monitored the boycott, told our reporter that no lawyer went to court.

“Our chairman and some senior members of the branch went round the courts to monitor the situation and there was total compliance with the directives as no lawyer went to court” he said.

He added that days before the commencement of the boycott, the branch wrote to notify all the courts about the resolution of the NBA to protest the unconstitutional suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen.

Lawyers in Plateau State have boycotted court sittings in response to the directive given by umbrella body of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).

NBA had on Monday directed all lawyers across the country to boycott court sittings for two days to protest the controversial suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mr Onnoghen was suspended by Mr Buhari on January 25 over failure to declare his assets as required of every public servant.

Empty Court Rooms

Our correspondent who visited the usually boisterous state high courts located at Museum and West of Mine and a Sharia court reported that no sitting was held but judges were present.

According to the state NBA president, Bon Shalyuun, the state branch had issued a circular on Tuesday asking lawyers to comply with the NBA resolutions on the matter.

“There is high compliance by lawyers in Plateau State. We have constituted a monitoring team that has been going round courts to ensure compliance and lawyers have complied,” Mr Shalyuun said.

When asked the reason lawyers attended a sitting at the Jos Federal High Court on Tuesday, the president said the circular got them late.

“Our monitoring team did not take the circular on time but the court has received it now,” he said.

PREMIUM TIMES earlier reported that the directive was ignored in some states and honoured in others.

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