Enugu-based, vibrant legal practitioner cum politician, Barr. Ray Nnaji, has sued the Chief Judge of Nigeria; Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice; Nigeria Bar Association, NBA; Bar Council; Body of Benchers before the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, for nominating Barr. James O.N Ikeyi as one of the 27 legal practitioners to be made Senior Advocates of Nigeria, SAN.
In a suit no: FHC/PH/CS/ 586/2016, dated August 10, 2016, the plaintiff, Barr. Nnaji, in motion on notice and originating summons, pleaded with the court to restrain Barr. Ikeyi from being inaugurated, sworn in, recognised or accepted as one of the Senior Advocates of Nigeria, SAN, to be conferred with such honour.
Nnaji points out that Ikeyi is not qualified to be conferred with the prestigious honour as SAN because he, Ikeyi, has not met with the requisite qualification for nomination into such legal rank.
According to Nnaji, Ikeyi’s qualification leaves much to be desired because his conduct as a legal practitioner is “highly questionable,” pointing out that Ikeyi was once “chastised and for ‘borrowing’ briefs of argument from a layman and person described as a crank by same apex court so doing to be able to qualify to apply for the rank of a Senior of Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, of not only in one case but in two cases.
The plaintiff posited that the Ist Defendant in the suit, Ikeyi, was not qualified in the first place, not to talk of being conferred with such rank of SAN.
He, therefore, sought in his five-point relief that Ikeyi is not fit and a proper person to be conferred with the prestigious rank by the other defendants in the suit.
The legal practitioner therefore, pleaded for an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the 1st defendant/respondent from “parading himself as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.”
Nnaji equally sought an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the rest of the respondents, their servants, agents, personal representatives and/ any person(s) claiming through or under them from dealing or having anything to do with the 1st defendant/respondent, Ikeyi in any form or manner and for any reason(s) as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.
At the time of filing this report, it was not possible to get the 1st respondent, Ikeyi, to react to the suit pending before the court over his conferment as a SAN.

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