LPPC Restores Aribisala’s SAN Rank After 20 Months

Ajibola_aribisalaThe 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.”

Keyamo, 22 Others Shortlisted For SAN Interview

Festus KeyamoThe Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee (LPPC) has shortlisted a Lagos lawyer, Mr. Festus Keyamo, former  chairman of the NBA  Lagos branch, Chijioke Okoli, and 21 others for an interview preparatory to the conferment of the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria on them.

The names of the shortlisted candidates was contained in a statement issued by the Registrar of the Supreme Court and Secretary to the LPPC, Mr. Sunday Olorundahunsi, and made available  to Channels Television Judiciary correspondent, Shola Soyele.

He stated that the interview dates will be on the 8th-9th of July 2014 respectively.

Among other lawyers short- listed  on the list are Gerald- Godwin Ezeuko,  Samuel  Zibiri, Dr. Joshua Olatoke, Dr. Adewale Olawoyin, Olusola Idowu,  Chukwudi  Obieze,  Kevin  Nwufo, Chief Wale Taiwo, and  Dr. Theophilus Onigbinde.

The others are Olatunde Busari, Olatunde Adejuyigbe, Richard Akintunde, Sylvanus Ogwemoh, Adewale Adesokan, Tawo Tawo, Andrew Igboekwe, Chike Onyemenam,  Dr. Amuda-Kannike Abiodun,  Oluwakemi Balogun, Ahamefula Ejelam and Hakeem  Olatunde.

The LPPC urged members of the public to comment on the integrity, reputation and competence of the applicants on or before July 7, 2014.

19 Lawyers Appointed As Senior Advocates Of Nigeria For 2013

The Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee (LPPC) has confirmed the appointment of the private prosecutor of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s (EFCC), Mr. Godwin Odumu Obla and 18 other legal practitioners as Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) for the year 2013.

LPPC made the confirmation on Friday during its meeting in Abuja.

Announcing the list of the 19 successful candidates for the 2013 members of the inner bar to the media, the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court/LPPC secretary, Sunday Olorundahunsi said the committee has found only one member of the academia, Prof. Lawrence Asekome Atsegbua of the University of Benin worthy to wear the silk cloth for this year.

Other legal practitioners appointed include Adele Eberechi, Olumide Olusoga Sofowora, Uko Essien Udom, Anthony Ikechukwu Ani, Suraj Sa’eda and Anthony Chukwuemeka Anaenugwu.

Others are Joe Ad’ojo Abrahams, Akinlolu Timothy Kehinde, Biriyai Dambo, Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume, Olalekan Fatai Yusuf, Moyosore Jubril Onigbanjo, Aliyu miatasamu Abdullahi, and the wife of Chief Solomon Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), Mrs. Victoria Olufunmilayo Awomolo.