The Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee(LLPC) has disciplined two senior lawyers. The body, in a press release dated January 11, 2018 by its Secretary and the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Hadizatu Mustapha, said it found merit in a petition alleging professional misconduct against Ogunba (SAN) a senior advocate of Nigeria and therefore he was stripped of the SAN rank
According to the press release, the petition leading to the striping of Ogunba of the SAN rank was authored by Honeywell Group. The firm was said to have accused Ogunba of instituting “multiplicity of proceedings before different judges of the Federal High Court on the same subject matter with the deliberate aim of abusing the processes of court and derailing the course of justice.” Mustapha said after investigating the petition, the LPPC sub-committee “decided that the petition was meritorious. The LLPC therefore in its 129th plenary decided to withdraw the SAN rank from Ogunba
The LLPC also announced that
it had rescinded its move to confer the SAN rank on Mrs. Oluwatoyin Bashorun, who it earlier listed among those it considered to confer with the rank last year.
It said after considering a petition against Bashorun, it concluded that the senior lawyer had “conducted herself in a manner which is clearly in contravention of the provisions of paragraphs 18(2) (a) and (c) and 19 (a)(b) and (d) of the Guidelines for the conferment of the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria 2016.”
The body said it found that Bashorun “stayed and continue to stay in a rented property for nine years without paying rent.”
It said it barred Bashorun from applying for the SAN rank for three years but said she might be considered after three years “subject to good behavior as assessed by the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee.” The Punch Newspaper Reported.