LAWYERS in Ondo State on Tuesday shunned courts across the state in compliance with the directive of the National Secretariat of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).
The NBA made the directive over the suspension of the embattled Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghen, calling for the boycott of true courts for two days, against the unconstitutional suspension of Onnoghen, by President Muhammadu Buhari
TribuneOnline correspondent who visited some of the Courts in Akure, Ondo state capital, observed that all the courtrooms were empty
The courtrooms at the Magistrate Courts at Oke Eda, the High Court, Federal High Court, the Court of Appeal at Igbatoro road and the National Industrial Court at Alagbaka Akure, were all empty.
Other courts outside the state capital which include Owo, Ondo town, Ikare-Akoko, Ore and Okitipupa, also shun courts
Some Senior members of the Ondo state branch of the NBA were seen .moving around the courtrooms to ensure total compliance
Speaking with our correspondent, the Akure Branch Chairman of the Association, Mr Ola Dan-Olawale who led his executive officers to ensure compliance, said any lawyer who violated the directive would be sanctioned appropriately.
Dan-Olawale threatened that lawyers would continue to boycott courts and sittings if the President Buhari refused to reverse the suspension of Justice Onnoghen after the two days court boycott.
He called for further stiffer actions if the President failed to yield to pressure from the association.
A member of the branch, Akinyele Manuwa who also spoke with TribuneOnline, said: “the NBA Executive members and some senior members went around the courts to monitor the situation and there was total compliance with the directives.”