27 February 2013

Nigeria: Legal Practitioners' C'ttee Strips Aribisala of SAN Title

The Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee (LPPC), yesterday, stripped Chief Ajibola Aribisala of the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).

This will be the second time a member of the Inner Bar will be losing the prestigious title that grants holder of the title certain privileges during court proceedings.

The first was a former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Michael Aondoakaa, who was stripped of SAN title on October7, 2010 by the same LPPC.

Aondoakaa was stripped of the title after his response to a petition written against him by the Committee for the Defence of Human Right (CDHR).

A statement from the Media Aide of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mr. Ahuraka Isah, said that the Chief Registrar of Supreme Court of Nigeria and Secretary, Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee, Sunday Olorundahunsi, communicated the decision at the end of the Committee's meeting in Abuja.

The LPPC's decision was taken, following a petition by Fidelity Bank against Aribisala and after hearing his response to the petition, the committee decided that Aribisala be suspended from the use of the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

By this decision, Aribisala loses all privileges attached to the rank pending the outcome of the Court case impeding investigation by the Sub- Committee set up by the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee.

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