• Bars Him From Applying For Rank For Five Years
The Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee (LPPC) has withdrawn the nomination a lawyer, Mr. Ikhide Ehighelua, for the rank of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
He is also barred from applying for the rank for the next five years with effect from next year.
The decision, which was reached at the LPPC’s emergency meeting held Thursday, came four days to his swearing-in ceremony of new SANs, scheduled for Monday at the Supreme Court premises, alongside 30 others.
The LPPC, in a statement issued yesterday by the Chief Registrar, Supreme Court and Secretary to the committee, Mrs. Hadizatu Mustapha, stated that it took the decision following a meritorious petition, accusing him of obtaining an ex-parte order of interim injunction in a manner that violated the guidelines for the conferment of SAN rank.
The LPPC in its findings specifically concluded that the lawyer “knowingly engaged in gross abuse of court process” in relation to obtaining the interim court order.
The statement further read: “Ikhide Ehighelua, Esquire, being an officer in the temple of justice and an aspirant to the exalted position of SAN, has conducted himself in a manner, which is clearly in contravention with the provisions of paragraph 22(2) (a) & (c) and 23(a), (b), (c)& (d) of the 2018 Guidelines of the Conferment of Senior Advocate of Nigeria.
“In view of the above, the committee has decided that the nomination for the conferment of the Senior Advocate of Nigeria on Ikhide Ehighelua on July 12, 2018 is hereby withdrawn.
“That Ikhide Ehighelua is hereby barred from applying for the award of Senior Advocate of Nigeria for the next five years or five applications beginning from 2019.
“That after expiration of this period, Ikhide Ehighelua would be at liberty to apply for the rank subject to good behaviour as assessed by LPPC.”