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LPPC Suspends Senior Lawyer, Withdraws SAN Privileges

Joseph Nwobike

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Joseph Nwobike, who was convicted by a Lagos High Court for perverting justice, has been suspended by the Legal Practitioner’s Privileges Committee (LPPC).

The decision to suspend the lawyer was reached at the committee’s meeting on Thursday.

According to a statement signed by the LPPC secretary, Hadizatu Mustapha, Nwobike has also been relinquished of all privileges tied to the rank of a SAN, pending the outcome of investigations on his alleged offence.

The statement read: “This is to notify the general public that the legal practitioner’s privileges committee in its 132nd plenary session which was held today, June 21 has suspended Joseph Nwobike Esq. from the use of the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (and all other privileges attached to the rank) in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 25 (2) of the legal Practioners’ Privileges committee guidelines.

“This is sequence to his conviction by the Lagos State High Court of justice for perversion of justice in charge No. LD/2516C/2016-FRN V. Dr. Joseph Nwobike SAN and pending the investigation of the sub-committee set up by the chairman of the Legal Practitioner’s Privileges Committee, the Right Honourable Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen.”

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