Supreme Court Sets Aside Conviction of Three Lawyers

The Supreme Court of Nigeria has set aside temporarily, the convictions of three Senior lawyers convicted and barred from practising in Nigeria over alleged professional misconduct.

Mamman Waziri, Olayori Muideen and Osaretin Izegbuwa were sanctioned by the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee, LPPDC, for various misconduct in the discharge of their professional callings.

However, in separate judgments by the apex court on Friday, the disciplinary measures were voided and set aside on grounds that they were in breach of provisions of laws guiding disciplinary issues.

The Supreme Court which looked into their appeal for review of their sanctions found that they were denied a fair hearing as required by law.

Justice Ejembi Eko who delivered unanimous judgments in the matter via Zoom held that the actions of the LPPDC panels which led to the punishment of the three lawyers were not consistent with provisions of the law.

Justice Eko faulted the conviction of the lawyers on various grounds partly which bothered on the composition of the panels, as some of the panel members who signed the verdict against the lawyers were found not to have participated in the whole proceedings as required by law.

Justice Eko noted that the  LPPDC panels were too wieldy and counselled that a panel should not have more than three or four members to ensure proper attendance.

Having set aside the conviction, Justice Eko ordered that the three lawyers be made to face different panels to be constituted by the LPPDC.

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