Angry lawyers have shut the main gate of the Abuja International Conference Centre, venue of the Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association.
There have been protests against the 500% hike in conference fees since the event began on Sunday. Lawyers who did not register and who have no tags are prevented from gaining access to the hall.
But on Thursday the lawyers insisted they have a right to attend the Annual General Meeting, where the outgoing administration led by Joseph Daudu (SAN) will render account of its two-year stewardship.
The meeting is billed to hold on Thursday.
Among those locked out are NBA Third Vice-President Dr. Ogugua Ikpeze, General Secretary Muyiwa Akinboro and Chairman of Council National Human Rights Commission Prof. Chidi Odinkalu.
The lawyers barricaded the gate, preventing registered lawyers being conveyed in buses from going inside the conference centre. They also prevented people from coming out as they engaged security agents in hot arguments, shoving and pushing one another. They insisted they have a right to attend the AGM as fee-paying NBA members, whether or not they registered for the conference.
“A lot of things are going wrong in NBA and if we keep quiet, things will spoil totally,” one angry lawyer said.