“Well, it (state pardon) started during the late President Yar’Adua’s reign. It was a pardon that was negotiated. People who don’t know what happened are the ones talking. But if I opened my mouth, those who are talking will keep quiet. “President Goodluck Jonathan was part of the negotiating team. There is no person in [...]
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The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has debarred four legal practitioners for misconduct contrary to the rules of legal practice.
The association also suspended one of its members from practice for a period of five years for a similar offence.
The Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee (LPDC) found the lawyers culpable of offences ranging from fraudulent land sales, concealment of recovered debt and extortion using blackmail.
The Chairman of the committee, Mr. Joseph Daudu warned legal practitioners bringing “ridicule and disgrace to the legal profession”.
Those debarred include Timipa Okponipere, Anozie Ibebunjo, G.C Monyei , J.A Agwuncha ,while Olawale –Ojongo-Daniels was suspended for five years.
Though none of the accused persons was at the proceedings, their absence did not stop the legal practitioners from handing down the punishment.
One of the accused persons, one Timipa Okponipere was said to have tried to extort the sum of N40 million from the former managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr. Timi Alaibe for unsolicited nomination for the national merit award, an offence contrary to the rules of practice in Nigeria.
While Mr. Monyei , who acted as a debt receiver for a company, failed to return the proceeds of the recovery to its owners and Ojongo-Daniels was found guilty of receiving money from a client and refused to represent the client in court nor did he refund the money.
Having found all the accused persons culpable of the offences against them, the committee directed the chief registrar of the Supreme Court to debar four of the accused persons for misconduct as lawyers, while Mr Olawale Ojongo-Daniels be suspended from practice for five years.
Over time the general belief is that corruption among legal practitioners has been on the rise, and, it is hoped that steps such as this one will serve as checks for legal practitioners in the country.
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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has released the 2013 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) results. The board, however, withheld 12,110 results for possible disciplinary action. The Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, announced this at a news conference on the release of the results in Bwari, FCT, on Friday. The registrar said after thorough processing of answer scripts of the… [Read More...]
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For stealing a N50,000 Sony Ericsson phone belonging to Governor Rauf Aregbesola, a 31-year-old Kelvin Ighodalo has been sentenced to 45-year imprisonment by an Osogbo High Court. Ighodalo stole the phone from the pocket of Aregbesola on November 27, 2010, when the governor was being inaugurated at Government Technical College, Osogbo. Justice Oyejide Falola, who [...]