Saturday, 22 September 2018

A Nigerian lawyer, Ikhide Ehighelua, has been stripped off his nomination for the title of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) by the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee (LPPC). The nomination was withdrawn from Ehighelua four days to the conferment of the title over a petition that he instigated contradictory judgement from sister courts.

In a statement released yesterday, the LPPC, announced the withdrawal of the title from Ehighelua and placed him on a five year-probation period during which his conducts will determine whether he can re-apply to be made a SAN or not.

The petition accused Ehighelua of filing a suit with the number A/36/2017 at a Delta state high court for an interim injunction which was dismissed for lack of merit. Part of the statement reads

“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the conferment of the Award of the Senior Advocate of Nigeria on Ikhide Ehighelua, Esquire on July 12, 2018 is hereby withdrawn.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. 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.”

 Ehighelu was alongside Festus Keyamo and Akinlolu Osinbajo, brother of Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, nominated for the coveted title in July this year.

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