NBA Blasts EFCC Boss, Says Lawyers are not Rogues

The Nigerian Bar As­sociation (NBA), yesterday took a swipe at the statement credited to the Chairman of the Economic and Fi­nancial Crimes Commis­sion (EFCC) Mr Ibrahim Magu, accusing lawyers in the country of being rogues.
NBA in a press state­ment signed by its General Secretary, Isiaka Abiola Olagunju, in Abuja called on the Commission to withdraw the statement.
Olagunju criticised Magu for using uncivil lan­guage on lawyers who are doing their constitutional duties.
“The inaugural address of the NBA President, Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN) was a statement of nearly 30 pages which sets the vision and direction of his programmes for the Ni­gerian legal profession.
Olagunju pointed out that Mahmoud had com­mitted himself to leading a brave new Bar fully aligned with the aspirations of Nigerians in their quest for national development which can only be an­chored the rule of law built on strong institutions.
In the paragraph of the statement dealing with corruption, the NBA Presi­dent restated the commit­ment of the association in the fight against corrup­tion.
He commended the modest achievements of the EFCC but called for the reform of the agency to enhance its capability to deliver on its mandate on a consistent and sustainable basis devoid of political in­terference.