Suspension of Malami’s rank of Senior Advocate: Lawyer accuses LPPC, CJN of sitting down on his Petition
Lawyer and Petitioner against Attorney general of the federation, Malami, SAN, Mr. Izu Aniagu has accused the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee (LPPC), Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) of sitting down on his Petition.
Mr. Aniagu in a chat with BarristerNG described the action of the CJN and the LPPC as suspicious.
According to him “Since I submitted the petition to the office of the Honourable Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman Legal Practioners’ Privileges Committee (LPPC) through the Chief Registrar of Supreme Court and Secretary of the LPPC, I am yet to receive any reply from the Chief Justice’s office.
“Meanwhile, a copy of the same petition which I sent to the President of the NBA has been acknowledged. The office of the NBA President called me to acknowledge the receipt of the letter.
“The action of the CJN and the LPPC is certainly suspicious. They are not interested in the petition. The CJN is a northerner and is inclined to protect Malami’s interest. The petition is clearly against their own interest. Remember that one of the allegations against Malami was for polarising the bar and by aiding and facilitating the creation of a parallel bar which is called a new northern bar.
“Malami had proscribed and unilaterally issued a new Rules of Professional Conduct for Legal Practioners in Nigeria which he has no power to amend.
“His action came on the heel of the disinvitation of Governor Mallam Nasir El-Rufai by the NBA from its annual general conference.
“It is believed that Malami’s action is in solidarity with the Governor and some northern lawyers who began to champion for a separate bar association in Nigeria,” he stated.
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