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Alleged Misconduct: Court to begin hearing on suit demanding BOB chair’s removal n 14days

By Deborah Onyofufeke
The vacation judge, Justice Suleiman Bolaji Belgore, of a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, Tuesday, has shortened the time, in which it was scheduled, to start the hearing, in a suit seeking the removal of chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, as the chairman of the Body of Benchers, over alleged professional misconduct from 42days to 14days

The plaintiff, Barrister Chidinma Udebuani, had requested the court order, to shorten the period of hearing of the originating summons, from 42 days to 14 days. While ruling in an ex-parte motion, Justice Belgore, granted the plaintiffs request

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The defendants in the suit are the Chairman, Body of Benchers, Wole Olanipekun, Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), and five others.

The suit had stated that, Olanipekun, was caught in an alleged professional misconduct, where an email was allegedly sent by a lawyer in his law firm, Adekunle Ogunde, requesting that a Nigerian firm, having a matter with Rivers State Government, should withdraw service from a counsel already handling the matter and be given to him, on the ground that he can influence judges to give favourable judgment.

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Arguing the ex-parte motion, counsel to the plaintiff, Mr Marcel Dim Udebuani, informed the court that the action of the Chairman of the Body of Benchers is an affront to Nigeria’s judiciary in its entirety.

He said that the alleged professional misconduct needs the court to interpret the position of the law concerning the chairman, Body of Benchers.

The suit is also seeking a court order to remove Olanipekun as the Chairman, Body of Benchers.

Ruling on the ex-parte motion, Justice Belgore while granting the prayers of the plaintiff, abridged the time within which Olanipekun is required to enter appearance from 42 days to 14 days.

Justice Belgore subsequently fixed September 5, 2022, for a report of service of originating summons on respondents in the matter and for mentioning the matter for hearing.

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