The Nigerian Bar Association NBA has queried Aliyu Umar (SAN), the prosecutor of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen in the ongoing trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal CCT for taking up the brief.
The association accuses Umar of professional misconduct for accepting the brief.
It says the senior lawyer’s action contravenes Rule 15 jointly or severally of the Rules of professional conduct for legal practitioners.
The query is now generating bad blood in the Bar along North-South divide following an alleged secret move to de-robe and delist Umar as a lawyer because the NBA demanded a copy of his Call to Bar Certificate.
Some lawyers from the North are threatening to fight back on Umar’s behalf.
The SAN himself has fired back at the NBA leadership
The NBA, in the February 12th, 2019 query signed by its General Secretary, Gunu Taidi, directed Umar to respond to the allegation of professional misconduct against him.