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NBA probes branch secretary over alleged sexual harassment

By Paul Michael

Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) is probing one of its branch secretaries over allegations of sexual harassment.
President of the association, Mr Olumide Akpata, disclosed this at the Annual General Conference of the NBA in Lagos.

Attorney-General of Ekiti State, Mr Wale Fapohunda, heads the NBA Sexual Harassment Policy Implementation Committee. He officially presented the revised Sexual Harassment Policy of the NBA and the Guidelines for its implementation to Akpata at the Conference.

The Sexual Harassment Policy Implementation Committee was set up in October of 2021. It followed the launch of the “Sexual Harassment Policy” drafted by the NBA Women’s Forum.

Receiving the policy, Akpata noted that the NBA will not pay lip service to the issues of sexual harassment within the association or by its members.

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Akpata further stated that action is already being taken by the NBA against sexual harassment by or against members, noting that a petition was received by the Association alleging acts of sexual harassment by a secretary of one of the Branches.

According to him, the matter is being thoroughly investigated and upon conclusion, disciplinary action will immediately follow if liability is established.

The NBA president who is about to exit the office, therefore, charged his successor, President-elect, Y.C. Maikyau SAN, to keep up with the implementation of the policy and ensure that the issues faced by any section of the Association are effectively dealt with.

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