No fewer than 1,000 fake lawyers had been uncovered by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), through the NBA stamp policy launched on April 15, 2015.
Mr Akintokunbo Oluwole, who is the third Vice President of the NBA, disclosed this in an address delivered at the special court sitting to mark the opening of the 2015/2016 Legal Year in Akure, the Ondo State capital, yesterday.
Oluwole reported the issue of quacks in the profession as a serious cankerworm which had eaten deep into the fabric of the legal profession and needs to be addressed urgently.
He said: “So far, the NBA stamp policy has been able to revive the system and has increased the revenue stream of lawyers across the country.
“Most importantly, it has improved the authenticity of documents, which are now being filed in court registries since all legal documents must now bear the stamp of lawyers to be considered valid”, he said.
He reiterated; “though the fake lawyers had also devised various means to scuttle the implementation of the stamp policy, they had been unsuccessful.”
Oluwole who noted that the NBA had received reports from stakeholders expressing concerns and reservations on the successful implementation of the policy, said that the leadership of the bar is not re-inventing the will but merely enforcing the provision of the law.
He said, “The provisions of the Rules of Professional Conduct for Legal Practitioners, 2007 on the NBA Stamp is unambiguous and sacrosanct”.