Frontline aspirant to the office of National Welfare Secretary of Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) Ikechukwu Maximus Ugwuoke has commended the NBA Ikeja Branch for the qualities that make them the Tiger Bar.Ugwuoke made the observation in his greeting to the Branch during their monthly meeting held yesterday. In his words, I thank the Ikeja Branch of the NBA ably led by Bartholomew Aguegbodo Esq for the opportunity given to me to address the members of the branch and interact with them during their monthly meeting held on 9th May 2022 at the branch Secretariat Ikeja. I seized the opportunity to inform the members of the branch that I have successfully submitted my nomination form for the office of National Welfare Secretary of the NBA. I also informed them that what informed my decision to take the step was the good vision I have for the bar which has made some members of the bar to refer to me as Maximus for Maximum Welfare, and which vision I will be sharing with them when the right time for campaign comes.
I was particularly touched by the case of police brutality and ordeal of a lawyer from Oji River Branch of NBA in Ikeja which formed part of the chairman’s remarks during the meeting . My concern for the report was not only because the Oji River bar is a child of the Enugu Bar where I come from but also because I am a lawyer of human right breed who apart from being a support Lawyer to an international Human Rights NGO, Avocats Sans Frontieres France (ASFF) a.k.a Lawyers without Borders, I am also serving my branch as alternate chairman of the human rights committee. I commend the Chairman of Ikeja Branch for the steps they are taking in the circumstance.
The issue of brutality on lawyers in the course of their work by security agents calls for a common concern to all and I have a vision of how we can put this to a stop as part of my manifesto which I will be unveiling at the appropriate time.
I was impressed by the massive turn out of members at the meeting, the rich magazine-like package of the minutes of their meetings, the orderly recording of attendance according to call categories of members, the issues discussed during the meetings and the general conduct of her members which indeed qualified the Ikeja branch as the Tiger Bar.”