»»says the disciplinary process is not for able and competent legal practitioners who use the legal process in a lawful and proper manner
The Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee has by its direction dismissed the complaint of professional misconduct levied against a Legal Practitioner Olumayowa Owolabi, by another Legal Practitioner, Lovely Ikponsowa Erhabor.
Mr Erhabor had filed and instigated a Petition against his colleague, Mr Owolabi on the basis that he repeatedly applied for a Mareva Order to restrain the movement of his Clients Barges despite the fact that the matter was on appeal.
The committee found that despite the existing order restraining the movement of the Barges from the locations they were attached, Mr Erhabor’s Client moved the barges and he failed to return to the Court to secure a variation/amendment of the order before resorting to self help.
The Committee also found, that the Petitioner’s associate by name Mr. Ifediogo deliberately misled the court that an appeal had been entered in the Court of Appeal to frustrate the Respondent’s effort to forestall the disobedience of the order of Court.
The Committee held that the applications for Mareva Injunction was lawful and a genuine masterstroke in countering the contrivances of the Petitioner.
The Committee in its directive held that, “the disciplinary process is not for able and competent legal practitioners who use the legal process in a lawful and proper manner” and found that, it is the Petitioner who had ignited disciplinary proceedings against his colleague, who should be standing trial for his brazen display of unethical strategies of frustrating and arresting the judicial process of court through deceits and disobedience of court orders by his client, with his conspicuous and ominous approval.”
Below is the certified true copy of the LPDC direction