Austin Unachukwu resumes work as NBA National Publicity Secretary


Austin Unachukwu resumes work as NBA National Publicity Secretary

Mr. John Echezona Unachukwu also known as John Austin Unachukwu today resumed work at the head office of the Nigerian Bar Association ( NBA) Abuja office as the National Publicity Secretary of the NBA..

Justice Yusuf Halilu of the FCT High Court had on Tuesday declared John Echezona Unachukwu  the duly elected National Publicity Secretary of the Lawyers umbrella body  stating that no other member of the association contested for that position except the plaintiff, he stated this  while delivering judgment in a suit filed by John Austin challenging his disqualification from contesting for that  office after emerging the sole candidate for that position at the close of nominations  in the NBA election held in 2016. He consequently granted all the plaintiffs reliefs and prayers before the court.

In letter addressed to the President of the NBA, Mr. A. B. Mahmoud, SAN and made available to the press, John Austin pledged his  unalloyed loyalty and support  to the NBA president and stated his readiness to work with  the President and current national officers of the association to achieve the mandate  of the NBA. He said  “I have nothing personal against Mr. Mahmoud  SAN since  he is not the one that disqualified me from contesting  election,  so I will give him maximum corporation to actualize his vision of a Brave New Bar for the NBA Mr. John Austin was accompanied by a group of lawyers and  newsmen to  the NBA Secretariat to submit his resumption letter, CTC  of the Court Judgment also a CTC  of the certificate of the judgment issued by the FCT High Court.

When he got to NBA Secretariat, he requested to see the NBA President but was told that the President  was not in the office, he requested for the General Secretary ( GS)  was also informed the  GS was not around and he requested to see any senior officer,  but was told that non of them was around, then he handed the letter to Mr. Philip Bulus who received it and signed the endorsement copy for him.

Among those that accompanied him to the secretariat are Mr. Tunde Onamusi, Mr. Charles Odenigbo and others.

The court nullified NBA decision disqualifying John Austin Unachukwu as National Publicity Secretary of NBA, in the suit between John Echezona Unachukwu and the Incorporated Trustees of the NBA and 9 Others with the SUIT NO: FCT/HC/CV/241 I /2016. The court also declared the appointment of a Publicity Secretary by AB Mahmoud whilst the suit was pending to fill the position as null and void.

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