Former President of Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Chief O.C.J Okocha, SAN, has denied the reports that Senior Advocates of Nigeria, SANs, in Rivers State, supported the appointment of Justice Peter Agumagu as acting Chief Judge of Rivers State.
Okocha, in a statement, said “My attention has been drawn to a false and misleading story published in the media, whereby, it was alleged that the Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria supports the appointment of Justice Agumagu as the acting Chief Judge of Rivers State. The story was credited to Granville Abibo, SAN, a lawyer based in Port Harcourt.
“While the matter of the said appointment of Justice Agumagu is a matter under the purview of the National Judicial Council, it is important for me, as Chairman of the Port Harcourt Chapter of the Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria to state as follows that we did not visit or pay any courtesy call on Justice Agumagu, and neither did the Body issue a statement to the effect that it supports the said appointment of Justice Agumagu as acting Chief Judge of Rivers State.
“The Port Harcourt Chapter of the Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria has a membership of nearly 20 and none of them, except Granville Abibo, was present at the said visit or courtesy call.
Granville Abibo is the most junior of all the Senior Advocates of Nigeria in Port Harcourt, and was admitted to the Rank of Senior Advocate just about a year ago. He does not have, and has never had, any authority or mandate to speak for the Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria, and he is aware and ought to be aware of that incontrovertible fact.
“The National Chairman of the Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria is Chief Richard Akinjide, SAN, and the National Secretary is Seyi Sowemimo, SAN.
“To the best of my knowledge, information and belief, neither of them has issued any statement on the matter of the appointment of Justice Agumagu as acting Chief Judge of Rivers State. This is to correct the misleading impression created by the said story.”