19 June 2021 by Victoria Abah
Three senior lawyers convicted and barred from practicing in Nigeria over alleged professional misconduct have received temporary reprieve from the Supreme Court, which set aside their convictions.
The three lawyers were sanctioned by the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee, LPPDC for various misconduct in the discharge of their Professional duties.
However, in separate judgments by the apex court, the disciplinary measures metted on them were voided and set aside having been done in breach of provisions of laws guiding disciplinary issues.
Justice Ejembi Eko who delivered the unanimous judgment in the matter via Zoom, held that the action of the LPPDC panels, which led to punishment of the three lawyers were not consistent with provisions of the law.
Justice Eko faulted the conviction of the lawyers on various grounds.
Some of the panel members who signed the verdict against the lawyers were found not to have participated in the whole proceedings, hence, denied fair hearing as required by law.
Justice Eko also counselled that a panel should not have more than three or four members to ensure proper attendance, while ordering that the three lawyers be made to face different panels to be constituted by the LPPDC.
The three lawyers are Mamman Waziri, Olayori Muideen and Dr Osaretin George Izegbuwa who were found wanting in the professional conduct and sanctioned.