The Benin branch of the National Bar Association (NBA) has ordered a boycott of High Court 6, Benin, citing the presiding judge’s alleged harassment and intimidation of its members.
The order was contained in a statement signed by Pius Oiwoh, the association’s chairman, and Andrew Lawani, the association’s secretary, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin on Monday.
The decision to boycott the court was made unanimously, according to the statement, because of the judge’s “incessant and unabating harassment, intimidation, blatant insults, and purposeful embarrassment to counsels.” The decision was made at a meeting of the Lion Bar in Benin earlier last month, which was attended by Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs), benchers, elders, and member of the bar.
The judge allegedly harassed, humiliated, and intimidated SANS and other senior members of the bar in front of their clients and potential clients, according to the statement.
“Any member who disobeys this direction in any way will be blacklisted at the branch and brought before the disciplinary committee.
“As a result, all members of the association are advised to engage in a complete boycott of the court and are not permitted to conduct any business in the aforementioned court until the general meeting reviews this directive,” the statement said.
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