The Port Harcourt branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, has suspended the Rivers State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Mr. Worgu Boms over the lingering judicial crisis in the state.
The decision to suspend Boms and declare him a persona-non-grata was taken during its meeting in Port Harcourt.
The meeting was presided over by the branch’s chairman, Mr. Dennis Okwamkpan.
According to the NBA, the actions and declarations of the state attorney general had been detrimental to the welfare and survival of lawyers in the state.
Ninety-two members of NBA had voted in favour of sanctioning the Justice commissioner while 18 voted against the decision. Twenty persons were, however, absent at the meeting.
Okwamkpan said parts of the resolutions at the meeting were, “That the Rivers State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Worgu Boms, is hereby declared a persona-non-grata
“That Rivers State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Worgu Boms, is hereby suspended from all the activities of the NBA, Port Harcourt branch, for the time being.
“He was suspended for his gross insensitivity to the plight of lawyers in the state following the closure of courts since June 9, 2014. He was also suspended from the NBA for his actions and declarations, which are detrimental and impacted negatively on the welfare of lawyers in Rivers State.
“He was suspended for his questionable role in the closure and continued closure of the courts in the state. We see that his role in the continued closure of the court is questionable.
“We feel that as an attorney general, he has not lived up to the expectations of that office and he did not do what was expected of him as a stakeholder in the justice sector, that is why the courts have remained shut”.