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Professional Misconduct: Edo- born lawyer gets 5-yr ban as SAN

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The Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee (LPPC) has announced the withdrawal of the nomination for conferment of the rank of the senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN) on Ikhide Ehighelua for gross abuse of court process.

In the statement signed by the LPPC Secretary who doubles as the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Barr Hdizatu Uwani Mustapha said that Ehighelua’s nomination for award of SAN on July 12, 2018 is has been withdrawn.

’This is just as she said that Ehighelua has been barred from applying for the award of SAN for the next five years or five applications beginning from 2019

Besides, Ehighelua could apply after expiration of the period for the rank subject to good behavior as assessed by the LPPC.

According to Mustapha, the decision was arrived at during the Emergency Meeting held on the 20th day of September 2018, when the LPPC had by virtue of Section 5(1) of the Legal Practitioners Act, CAP L11, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 as amended, considered the petition written against the nomination of lkhide Ehighelua Esquire for the Rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

‘’The Committee after a careful evaluation of the facts of the petition, the written reply by the respondent and attached documents, found the petition meritorious; that is the respondent knowingly engaged in gross abuse of court process on the following incontrovertible facts, namely:

‘’That lkhide Ehighelua, Esquire instituted Suit No. A/ 36/2017 at High Court lsseleUku, Delta State wherein he filed a motion for interim injunction which was dismissed for lack of merit.

‘’That lkhide Ehighelua, Esquire subsequently filed a Notice of Appeal at the Court of Appeal, Benin Division and which appeal was properly entered by transmission of records to the Appeal Registry Benin in Appeal No. CA/B/220/2018.

‘’That while the appeal was pending, lkhide Ehighelua, Esquire participated in the institution of a new Suit No. HCK/ 61 /2018 at the High Court sitting in Kwale, Delta State on the same subject matter, between the same parties and seeking the same reliefs as in Suit No. A/36/2017 which was pending at the High Court Issele-Uku and subject of Appeal No. CA/B/220/2018.

‘’That on the 30th day of July 2018, when the Motion ex parte was granted, lkhide Ehighelua, Esquire personally moved the motion for the interim injunction against the defendant and obtained all the injunctive reliefs that were dismissed in Suit No. A/36/2017and subject of Appeal No. CA/B/220/2018. He subsequently wrote a letter dated 31st July, 2018 to the Executive Governor of Delta State notifying him of the existence of the Interim Injunction above.

‘’That lkhide Ehighelua Esquire being an officer in the temple of justice and an aspirant to the exalted position of Senior Advocate of Nigeria has conducted himself in a manner which is clearly in contravention with the provisions of paragraph 22(2) (a) E: (c) and 23(a),(b),(c)& (d) of the 2018 Guidelines of the conferment of Senior Advocate of Nigeria’’.

According to the LPPC Secretary, the Committee therefore decided ‘’that the nomination for the conferment of the Award of the Senior Advocate of Nigeria on Ikhide Ehighelua, Esquire on July 12, 2018 is hereby withdrawn;

‘’ That Ikhide Ehighelua, Esquire is hereby barred from applying for the Award of Senior Advocate of Nigeria for the next five (5) years or five applications beginning from 2019; and

‘’That after the expiration of this period, Ikhide Ehighelua, Esquire would be at liberty to apply for the rank subject to good behaviour as assessed by the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee’’, Mustapha said.

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