BY ABDULWAHAB ABDULAH
Lagos — The Lagos division of the Court of Appeal, yesterday, reserved ruling till a later date in a suit challenging increment in the payment of practising fees by lawyers in the country.
The National Executive Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, had announced the new rate of practising fees, payable from 2013, which generated ripples among lawyers who condemned the alleged 250 per cent increment compared to the fees paid in past years.
Defendants in the suit are NBA President, Mr. Okey Wali, General Council of the Bar, the Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, chairman NBA Lagos Branch, Taiwo Taiwo, among others.
Plaintiffs in the suit are Mr. Seth Amaefule, Miss Amaka Aneke, Mr. Celestine Nwankwo, Mr. Charles Oni, and Mrs. Tayo Arojo.
The appellate court reserved judgement after it heard parties who contended the earlier ruling of a Federal High Court restraining the NBA from collecting the newly introduced practising fee for lawyers.
Justice Rita Ofili Ajumogobia of the Federal High Court, Lagos had in a preliminary ruling ordered the NBA to revert to the status quo, pending the determination of the substantial suit filed by some lawyers.
Dissatisfied, Mr. Tayo Oyetibo, SAN, representing NBA appealed against the decision describing it as a pervasion of justice.