Seven Lawyers Disbarred, 12 Suspended In Six Months
Posted: 11/Jul/2018

The Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee has disbarred seven lawyers and suspended 12 others within the last six months for acts of misconduct.
The decisions were made known by the chairman of the Body of Benchers, Bashir Dalhatu at the 2018 Call-to-Bar for new lawyers from the Nigerian Law School yesterday in Abuja. 

He cautioned the new wigs to imbibe the virtues of honesty and integrity as we abide by the Rules of Professional Conduct of the legal profession.  “I beseech you all to be conversant with the provisions of the rules in order to avoid practices that go foul of the rules.

 Where a complaint is made against your conduct in your capacity as a legal practitioner, the alleged offence would be put side by side the provisions of the Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC) to see if there is a prima facie case against you. Once it has been established as such, you will have to face Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee which will sanction you accordingly,” he said.

The Director-General of the Nigerian Law School, Professor Isa Hayatu Chiroma revealed that the school and other Law Faculties have embarked on “Aggressive review of curriculum to include teaching of ethics, legal writing, teaching methodology as well as assessment” to address complaints on the low quality of new lawyers in the country.

He said with a total of 1, 550 successful candidates at the April 2018 Bar final examinations and 12 from previous examination, the performance reflects 68 percent success rate.

The programme for the 2018 Call-to-the-Bar ceremony shows that of the 1,550 successful candidates, only two obtained a Second-Class Lower degree, while 1, 548 obtained a Pass.

By John Chuks Azu 
The Daily Trust News