The Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee (LPPC) has finally restored the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria to a Senior Lawyer, Mr. Beluolisa Nwofor. This decision was reached at the committee’s last meeting on Tuesday.
The LPPC had on June 23, 2017 stripped Nwofor of his SAN rank over an allegation of misconduct. The Committee at its 126th general meeting of the LPPC stripped him of the rank following a petition to the committee by the Chief Registrar of the Court of Appeal. He was accused of being “rude” to the panel of Court of Appeal justices when he appeared before them on November 16, 2016 in Appeal No. CA/A/551c/M/2016 between Mr. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) and Prince Ebiyi Poroye and 10 others in connection with the 2016 Ondo State Governorship Election.
Mr. Beluolisa Nwofor, a senior legal practitioner, had sued the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee (LPPC) in 2017 at a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), over withdrawal of his Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) rank.
According to CITY LAWYER in a chat, Mr. Nwofor is yet to receive the letter from the LPPC.
Responding he said “I am very grateful to God who has made it possible for me to be alive to see the restoration of my rank. I thank the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee under the leadership of the Chief Justice of Nigeria for restoring my rank. It is a good thing they have done.
“I will continue to pledge my loyalty to the legal profession and continue to play my part in promoting justice delivery and the rule of law. Every one of us has a role to play in the justice system. I will continue to play my own part, show utmost respect to the courts and abide by the ethics of our profession.” The restoration takes immediate effect.