Court restrains NBA from suspending Ikorodu branch chairman

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An Ikeja High Court on Friday restrained the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) from suspending the Chairman of its Ikorodu Branch, Bayo Akinlade.

Justice Babajide Candide-Johnson granted an injunction restraining the NBA from taking such a step against Akinlade.

Justice Candide-Johnson granted the injunction while ruling in a motion exparte filed by Mr Femi Falana (SAN), counsel to Akinlade.

Other defendants in the matter are the registered trustees of the NBA and the acting Chairman of the Ikorodu Branch of the NBA, Ezekiel Ogbaide.

In the motion exparte before the court, the applicant had sought among others, an order of interim injunction restraining the defendants from acting on his purported suspension as the Chairman of the branch on March 28 pending the determination of the motion on notice.

Justice Candide-Johnson in his ruling said “I hold that this present case is covered by the case law of 7up Bottling Company vs Abiola and Sons Nigeria Limited.

“The motion exparte dated April 2 succeeds, the interim injunction is hereby granted as order as prayed.

“The lifespan of the interim injunction granted this Friday, April 5, 2019 shall operate until midnight of April 12, 2019.

“Substantial hearing of the motion on notice is fixed for Tuesday April 16, 2019″, the trial judge ruled.

Akinlade was suspended on March 28 during the National Executive Council (NEC) Meeting of the NBA.

He was alleged to have flouted an order from the national body of the NBA to halt the March 15 bye-election of the branch.

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