The Nigerian Bar Association Benin Branch has mandated its members to boycott Justice H.A Courage-Ogbebor’s court which is High Court 6 in Benin City.
The branch accused him of high-handedness and disregard for the Bar and its members.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the branch Chairman, Pius Idemudia Oiwoh Esq, and the Secretary, Andrew. O. Lawani, Esq, titled: “NBA Benin(Lion Bar), Orders Immediate Boycott Of High Court 6, Benin City Presided Over By Hon. Justice
H.A Courage-Ogbebor For Serial High Handedness And Gross Disrespect And Disregard For The Bar And Its Members”, and made available to THENIGERIALAWYER.
In the statement, the order was made at the Monthly Meeting of the Lion Bar held on the 1st day of August 2021 at the Bar House Complex, Benin City, and attended by SANS, Benchers, elders, and leaders of the Bar, the General House.
Lion Bar stated: “After Reviewing the Various Complaints of lawyers (the 2nd such Review within a period of Two (2) Months by the General House) with regards to the incessant and unabating harassment, intimidation, outright insults and deliberate embarrassment to Counsel appearing before His Lordship including SANS and very Senior Members of the Bar, in the presence of Clients and would-be clients, resolved unanimously to immediately and totally commence an indefinitely boycott of High Court 6, High Court of Justice? Benin City, presided by H. A Courage-Ogbebor.
“Consequently, all members of the Benin Bar are by this Notice directed to embark on a total boycott of the said court and are not permitted to carry out any business in the said court till a subsequent review of this directive by the General Meeting.
“TAKE NOTICE that any member who flouts this Directive under any Guise shall be liable to be blacklisted at the branch and Made to face its Disciplinary Committee.”
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