Maikori’s Lawyer Has Freedom of Expression: NBA to Kaduna Govt.

Nasir-El-Rufai Gloria Ballason

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has written to the Kaduna state government to assert that Ms Ballson Mabeaim has a right to her freedom of expression and has in no way breached the rules of professional conduct.

The NBA had written in response to a disciplinary complaint against Ms Mabeaim signed by the attorney-general of Kaduna state, Umma Hikima on behalf of the state government.

Ms Mabeaim is counsel to Mr Audu Maikori, former chief executive officer of Chocolate City Records who this week also obtained judgment against the Kaduna state government for violation of his fundamental human rights.

audu maikori, Ballason Mabeaim

audu maikori, Ballason Mabeaim

The state government had in its petition to the NBA accused Audu’s lawyer of defamation and injurious falsehood but the NBA in a reply signed by its general secretary, Mr Isiaka Olagunju, noted that Ms Mabeaim had merely expressed her opinion on facts that were already in public domain.

Citing Section 39(1)(2) of the 1999 Constitution, the NBA stressed that Ms Mabeaim was not only free to express her opinion on any issue as guaranteed by the constitution, she was also free to decide by what medium she wanted to share her views.

The NBA also noted that the claims contained in the government’s petition bordered on tortious liabilities which are actionable against persons in a court of competent jurisdiction and clearly out of the purview of the NBA.


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