A unanimous judgment delivered yesterday by a five-member panel of Justices of the Supreme Court, headed by Justice Mohammed Dattijo upheld Kalejaye’s appeal on the grounds that the trial procedure at the LDPC was flawed. The apex court, while reversing the decision of the LPDC, held that on the constitution of the committee which handed down the sanction breached Kalejaye’s right to fair hearing. The Senior lawyer had gone to the Supreme Court, to among other prayers, set aside the directive by the LPDC that he should be disbarred on ground of professional misconduct. The LPDC had, in a directive issued on found Kalejaiye guilty of professional misconduct and directed the Registrar of the Supreme Court to delete his name from the roll (list) of legal practitioners in the country. Kalejaiye also contended that the complainant, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), “did not prove the elements in the three-count charge as alleged before the committee (LPDC).
Source: Nigerian Tribune March 15, 2019 12:56 UTC