Â By Suzan Edeh
Bauchi â€” Bauchi State chapter of the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, has suspended its planned strikeÂ over increase in filing fees in the state following the intervention of the National President of the association, Chief Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN).
Bauchi State NBA Chairman, Mr Matthias Tsuwa, while briefing newsmen in his office said the national body of the association had been negotiating with the Chief Judge, Sabo Suleiman Darazo, and promised to get back to the Association in the next few days so that the matter could be resolved.
He said: â€œIn respect of the intervention of the national secretariat, we have no option other than to allow him (NBA president) handle the matter in a logical way as we believe in his capabilities and that we are under his authority as members of the Association.
â€œAs soon as we receive directives from the President on the new development, we met and decided that the planned strike should be suspended until the end of the five days that the Chief Judge requested for and if at the end of the day we are given deaf ears,Â we will be left with no option other than to embark on the action to press home our demand which is reduction in the hike in the fees.â€
He said his Association had taken it upon itself to go round all the states of the Federation and realised that the new fees introduced in the state were unreasonable because it would be difficult for citizens to afford.
â€œCourts are not profit making ventures per se, they are there as avenues for aggrieved persons to go and seek for remedies and so when the fees are increased unreasonably, who will venture to go there?
“The consequence will be that people will begin to take the laws into their hands in order to get their remedies, we donâ€™t want that to happen here in Bauchi state that was why we rejected the new fees.â€
The NBA Chairman called on all practising lawyers in the state to resume duties immediately and commence litigations in all the courts and wait for further directives from the Association.