LEGAL Practitioners and Disciplinary Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, has dismissed a petition alleging professional misconduct leveled against a legal practioner, Mr. Ajibola Oluyede. In a letter dated September 8, the umbrella body of lawyers in the country said the petition against Oluyede by a senior advocate, Chief Godwin Obla, discloses no prima facie case of professional misconduct. In a petition against Oluyede before the NBA, Obla denied the controversial leakage of the information of an alleged plot to abduct and extradite the Ogun- East Senator, Buruji Kashamu, to the United States of America in order to face trial over alleged drug- trafficking offence to Oluyede.
In an affidavit before the court, Oluyede maintained that the plot was leaked to him by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Godwin Obla. Obla is believed to be close the immediate past Attorney-General of the Federation and Minster of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke, SAN, from whom he (Obla) allegedly got the information. Obla, who denied having or leaking the information, had dragged Oluyede before the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee, accusing him of fabricating the story to make his client’s case look good. He said he could never have had and shared such a piece of information with Oluyede, whom he said was no more than a professional acquaintance to him. After the LPDC heard the parties involved in the matter,
the committee in its decision communicated to Obla and signed by Mr. Isiaka Abiola Olagunju, said “We write to inform you that the NBA Disciplinary Committee, Abuja panel, has concluded the hearing of your petition, it is the decision of the panel that your petiton does not disclose a prima facie case of professional misconduct. “Therefore, your petition against the respondent (Oluyede) is hereby dismissed”. The controversy started with a petition dated April 15, 2015 which was authored and sent to the National Human Rights Commission by Oluyede on behalf of Kashamu. Oluyede had stated in the petition that Obla leaked the information to him while they were both on a flight from Abuja to Lagos.