Mr Eburu Ekwe Barth, the lawyer who was reportedly sentenced to two months imprisonment on a contempt order by Hon. Ibrahim Mohammed of the Magistrate Court Zone 2, Abuja has been released.
The Nigerian Bar Association Abuja branch (Unity Branch) in a statement cited by Lex Community NG, stated that following the intervention of the branch, the Honorable Magistrate granted an application to set aside the contempt order. The statement reads as follows:
“MR EBURU EKWE BARTH RELEASED AND CONTEMPT ORDER SET ASIDE
The Nigerian Bar Association Abuja, (Unity Bar) is happy to inform you that following our intervention, His Worship Hon Ibrahim Mohammed granted an application to have the Contempt Order set aside. The release warrant has been signed and our colleague is going to be released before the close of work today.
This incident has however, exposed the level of decadence in the system, particularly the attitude of some lawyers towards the court which leaves much to be desired. It further calls for the need to strengthen the bar and bench relations so as to curtail the reoccurrence of such matters in the future.
Meanwhile, the branch committee on Young Lawyers Mentoring and Pupillage has been directed to come up with a work plan to address this recurring issue.
Once again we thank you all for your solidarity.
Long live the Nigerian Bar Association Abuja, (Unity Bar).
Prince Adebiyi Adetosoye
Secretary NBA Abuja