Nigeria lawyers strike to protest government disregard of court judgments Lisl Brunner at 10:09 AM ET
[JURIST] Nigerian lawyers have begun a two-day boycott of the country's courts in protest at what they say is "failure of the government to comply with court orders and the violation of human rights." Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) [profession website] President Lanke Odogiyon says that disregard for the rule of law in Nigeria [JURIST news archive] is reminiscent of the country's military dictatorship and that the NBA wants to demonstrate the effects of a legal system that ceases to function. As next year's general elections approach, the NBA wants to be sure the government will respect court judgments, as Nigerian political battles often end up in the court system.
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