A Nigerian Lawyer identified as Ehighelua lkhide, has been stripped of his SAN nomination (Senior Advocate of Nigeria), 4 days to the conferment of the prestigious title.
The Lawyer who was stripped of the SAN nomination, was found guilty of “knowingly engaging in gross abuse of court process” by the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee (LPPC), on Thursday.
The LPPC also barred Ikhide from applying for the SAN rank for the next five years, after it reversed its decision to include the lawyer on the list of those to be formally conferred with the rank on Monday.
The statement reads in part:
“The Committee after a careful evaluation of the facts of the petition, the written reply by the respondent and attached documents, found the petition meritorious; that is the respondent knowingly engaged in gross abuse of court process on the following incontrovertible facts, namely:
“That lkhide Ehighelua, Esquire instituted Suit No. A/ 36/2017 at High Court lssele Uku, Delta State wherein he filed a motion for interim injunction which was dismissed for lack of merit.
“That lkhide Ehighelua, Esquire subsequently filed a Notice of Appeal at the Court of Appeal, Benin Division and which appeal was properly entered by transmission of records to the Appeal Registry Benin in Appeal No. CA/B/220/2018.
“That while the appeal was pending, lkhide Ehighelua, Esquire participated in the institution of a new Suit No. HCK/ 61 /2018 at the High Court sitting in Kwale, Delta State on the same subject matter, between the same parties and seeking the same reliefs as in Suit No. A/36/2017 which was pending at the High Court Issele-Uku and subject of Appeal No. CA/B/220/2018.
“That on the 30‘” day of July 2018, when the Motion ex parte was granted, lkhide Ehighelua, Esquire personally moved the motion for the interim injunction against the defendant and obtained all the injunctive reliefs that were dismissed in Suit No. A/36/2017and subject of Appeal No. CA/B/220/2018.
“He subsequently wrote a letter dated 31“ July, 2018 to the Executive Governor of Delta State notifying him of the existence of the Interim Injunction above.