Doctor Secures Landmark Judgment Against Nigerian Medical Association, Other As High Court Rules Membership Not Compulsory For Physicians


Justice D.U. Okorowo of the Federal High Court in Abuja has declared in a landmark judgement that the membership of the National Medical Association is voluntary in line with section 40 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

In a judgement delivered on May 6, 2024, regarding a suit between Dr. Olusola Adeyelu and the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria and The Incorporated Trustees of Nigerian Medical Association as Defendants, the court affirmed the submissions made by the plaintiff on his right to freedom of association. It also affirmed the right of Dr. Olusola Adeyelu to associate or dissociate from the Nigerian Medical Association.




The court held that under Section 40 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), every person shall be entitled to assemble freely and associate with other persons.


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