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NBA EXCO members accuse Maikyau of presenting illegal financial report

NBA EXCO members accuse Maikyau of presenting illegal financial report

The president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Y. C. Maikyau, has been accused of presenting an illegal financial report to the association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Abuja.

The association’s national treasurer, Caroline Anze-Bishop, told NBA members at the AGM on Thursday that the financial statement earlier presented did not come from her and accused the NBA president of sidelining her office.

Anze-Bishop narrated to the shock of lawyers how she was never consulted nor involved in the preparation of the treasurer’s report. She disowned the report and refused to adopt it.

“The financial report was prepared without my singular input. I respect the Bar too much to sign an account I don’t know”, Solacebase quoted her to have said, citing TVC.

The NBA held its 2023 Annual General Conference in Abuja from August 25 to September 1 at the MKO Abiola Stadium, and lawyers said if the treasurer’s accusation was true, Maikyau had perpetrated an illegality.

Meanwhile, the 2nd vice president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Chukwuemeka Clement Ugo, also accused Maikyau, of undermining his office and ignoring his constitutional obligations while presenting his annual report to lawyers.

He said “I have not been carried along in everything the president is doing.

“The AGM should look into my plight and empower me to function as if the president and 1st vice president is not available, I am to represent this association and I can’t represent the association adequately if I am not carried along on events” he pleaded with the Meeting which is the highest decision making body of the association.

“I am not poor, but my office should be empowered and funded to act effectively” he urged.

Equally, the 3rd vice president of the NBA, Mandy Asagba, accused the NBA president of disregard to her office, saying he deliberately made her office redundant.

The NBA 3rd vice president narrated to the bewildered lawyers how the NBA president has been disrespecting and sabotaging her office.

“The whole Annual General Meeting and AGC was done without the knowledge of national officers”, the 3rd vice president lamented to the consternation of lawyers present at the meeting.

Attempts by former NBA president, OCJ Okocha, to control the situation by suggesting that the issues be dealt with by an Elders Committee, was overruled by the NBA president Y. C. Maikyau, who insisted that he must respond to the allegations.

In his response, Maikyau, accused his fellow officers of fighting him because of his refusal to share the lawyers’ practicing fees with them.

The meeting ended abruptly owing to the chaos occasioned by the national officers’ fight as the NBA president adjourned the meeting amidst shouts from lawyers.

 

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