The Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee (LPPC) has restored the rank of the Senior Advocate of Nigeria of a Lagos-based lawyer, Mr Ajibola Aribisala after a 20 month suspension.
A statement by the Secretary of the LPPC and the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Mr. Sunday Olorundahunsi, said Aribisala’s SAN rank was restored at the meeting of the committee held on Monday.
The statement added that the decision to restore the lawyer’s SAN rank followed the withdrawal of the petitions against him and the consideration of the terms of settlement between parties concerned in the petitions.
Aribisala’s SAN rank was suspended by the LPPC on February 26, 2013 after it received two petitions of “allegations of flagrant breach of professional ethics and professional misconduct” made against him.
Part of the allegations against the Aribisala was that the charges for certain legal services he rendered to Fidelity Bank were excessive and in breach of Rules of Professional Conduct in the legal profession.
The statement said “you may all recall that on the 26th day February, 2013 the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee at its General meeting suspended Chief A. A. Aribisala(SAN) from further use of the Rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria based on two petitions received by the LPPC on allegations of flagrant breach of professional ethics and professional misconduct.
“On the 27th day of October, 2014 the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee at its General Meeting have decided to lift Chief A.A Aribisala’s suspension, after consideration of all material facts (Notices of withdrawal/discontinuance and subsequent letter of withdrawal of petition and terms of settlement).
“Pursuant to the committee’s decision, Chief Aribisala is hereby restored to the Rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria with effect from the 27th day of October, 2014.
“Futhermore, the committee hereby declares that any future act by Chief Aribisala that runs foul of paragraph 22 of the LPPC rules shall attract a stiffer sanction.”
The Numana Community Development Organisation in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State has appealed to the Federal Government to save the community from annihilation by suspected Fulani gunmen.
Addressing a news conference in Abuja, National President of the organisation, Mr Sunday Audu, said that 138 persons have been killed between June 24-28, with hundreds of houses burnt by the suspected Fulani gunmen.
The organisation claimed that the entire livelihood of the people of the area had been affected with the alleged massacre and warned that if urgent steps were not taken, famine would become inevitable in Sanga Local Government Area of the state as farmers have stopped going to their farms for fear of being attacked.
The organisation also called for the rehabilitation of displaced persons who are taking refuge in the FCT, Nasarawa and Plateau States.
Former president of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Mr Kashim Abdul-Ali says the challenge of water supply in Nigeria is a function of weak and inconsistent water policies.
In his lecture at the 2012 October lecture of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, he recommended that local government authorities should be empowered to provide mini-water schemes in their areas or pair up to provide larger water schemes.
He called on the federal government to review and streamline the functions of the Ministry of Water resources in order to reduce its influence on policy institutions like the river basin development authority.
Figures made available at the lecture shows that about N800 billion has been expended in capital expenditure by the federal government on water yet access level remains low.