Members of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Akure branch Wednesday grounded all activities at the state High and magistrate courts following a protest.
The development was informed by the decision of the state judiciary to make it mandatory for all sureties to an accused person to produce tax clearance (procured at the cost of N75,000) as condition for bail.
According to the Akure NBA branch Chairman, Prince L.K Dare, the circular issued by the Chief Registrar containing the order from the State Chief Judge was not practicable.
He stated that grant of refusal of bail should be at the discretionary power of the judges or magistrates and not to be dictated by any authority or being used as source of revenue generation for the state government.
In view of these among other reasons, the lawyers have issued a three-day ultimatum to the CJ, effecting from Wednesday, within which to withdraw the said circular.
Failure to do this, they threatened a total and indefinite boycott of all courts from Monday 16 June 2014.