By Innocent Anaba
ENUGUâ€”The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), has said that the Anambra State governorship election scheduledÂ for February 6, 2010,Â will serve as a yardstick for determining how well the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will conduct the general elections in 2011.
The association has meanwhile, called on INEC to ensure that the Anambra governorship election wasÂ conducted in a free and fair manner.
NBA in a communique after its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Enugu State, at the weekend also observed that the ongoing industrial action by Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), has paralysed the justice sector.
It directed that all branch chairmen in each state where the strike is on going to liaise with their state governments to explore the resolution of the industrial action, adding that national officers of the association had been mandatedÂ to meet with the national executive of JUSUN and other stakeholders to find a lasting solution to the incessant industrial action by judiciary workers.
The communique jointly signed by Chief Oluwarotimi Akeredolu(SAN), President and Mr Ibrahim Mark, Secretary General,Â said â€œNEC notes that the governorship election in Anambra State in February 2010 will serve as a yardstick for determining how well INEC will conduct the general elections in 2011 and against the history of elections conducted in Anambra State, we demand that the election should be conducted in a free and fair manner.
â€œNEC is deeply concerned about extra-judicial killings by security agencies in Nigeria as constituting one of the most invidious violations of Human Rights and negating Nigeriaâ€™s commitment to the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the African Charter on Human & Peoplesâ€™ Rights, which have been domesticated in Nigeria.
NEC appeals to the Inspector-General of Police to investigate all cases of extra-judicial killing and ensure that the culprits are brought to book as a deterrent”.
On the controversy trailing the award of rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria, the association said â€œafter listening to the proponents for the abolition of the rank, NEC resolves that all the 88 branches should present their respective positions in writing, which positions are to be forwarded to the National Secretariat of the NBA before the end of January 2010.”