… Sentences him to 2months imprisonment
… NBA threatens legal action
Wonders shall never end as Magistrate Ibrahim Mohammed of zone 6 magistrate court Abuja was said to have humiliated and sentenced a lawyer Mr. Eburu Ekwe Barth to a two month imprisonment.
This is even as the NBA Abuja Branch has threatened legal action against the Magistrate if the court order was not immediately reversed,
In a press release signed by Prince Adebiyi Adetosoye the NBA secretary and made available to Lead, the NBA condemned in its entirety the attitude of the said Magistrate which according was a ridicule to the noble profession.
The Attention of the Nigerian Bar Association Abuja (Unity Bar) has been drawn to a bizarre event that ensued between one of our member *MR EBURU EKWE BARTH* and a Magistrate wherein it was alleged that *Mr. EBURU EKWE BARTH* interjected the Magistrate while delivering his ruling on an application before the court and the court in turn sited Mr. Barth for contempt and was thereafter on the order of the Magistrate handcuffed and summarily sentenced to jail for 2 month.
While the Nigerian Bar Association Abuja, (Unity Bar) condemns every unruly act or disrespect to the court, we however, find it extremely offensive and the highest level of abuse of power to summarily sentence a lawyer to jail without given him a fair hearing in a manner that is best described as a sentimental show of anger.
We also find it rather unfortunate that all the attempts made by the NBA Abuja Bar to appeal to the Magistrate while the issue was still on-going to tender justice with mercy proved abortive.
The NBA has immediately filed an application to review the Order of court sentencing him to jail without fair hearing even when we had over 20 lawyers offering to take on the matter.
We have also reached out to the necessary authorities to ensure that this Order of court is reversed immediately.
We are also going to be submitting a petition against the Magistrate and ensure this trend is permanently put to a final stop.
We are currently battling with police brutality against lawyers we cannot allow our own institutions that should naturally be the last hope of the common man turn itself into a tool for brutalizing lawyers.
The Nigeria Bar Association, Abuja (Unity Bar) hereby uses this opportunity Appeal to all the Lawyers in the FCT to remain calm as we are on top of the matter and we shall ensure that this arbitrary use of power by Magistrate Ibrahim Mohammed is curtailed. We shall keep you posted on the update.