President of Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Mr. Olumide Akpata, has cautioned lawyers on conspiracy to dim the power of the the association.
Akpata spoke at a two-day workshop organised by the body in collaboration with MacArthur foundation on implementation assessment of the administration of criminal justice law in Delta State
While entertaining questions from Journalists, he retraited that the association is not superior to only the members but to the nation at large.
He said: “Our association is very dear to us, so I was just calling lawyers to watch out for what I consider the conspiracy to dim the power of the NBA. The NBA is one of the foremost professional organisations in Nigeria and I think we must be careful. We must protect what we have achieved.
“This organisation not only superintends over the affairs of lawyers, but has interjected into the affairs of the nation. As lawyers, we have the mandate of the people to defend them, enforce the rule of law, to speak for them and to ensure that this country is run on the basis of our constitution and not on the wings and caprices of anybody.
“I’m about to leave the stage as president and I am just charging by colleagues to be vigilante that not many are happy about the strength of our association, so I think we must protect that which is
Earlier in the workshop, Attorney-General and Commissioner forJustice, Delta State, Isaiah Bozimo, had lauded the body for coming up with a workshop on issues around the criminal justice system, human rights and related matters.