- The Nigeria Bar Association has been asked by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Olisa Agbakoba, to remove the CCT chairman's name from list of lawyers in the country
- The ex-NBA president said Danladi Umar is also facing corruption trial for an alleged N10 million bribe and is unfit to sit over CJN Onnoghen's case
- According to the ex-NBA president, the CCT lacked jurisdiction on the case of Onnoghen, the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), but still presided over it
A former president of Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Olisa Agakoba (SAN), has asked NBA to take out the name of Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) chairman, Danladi Umar, from the list of practicing lawyers in Nigeria.
Agbakoba said that the CCT chairman is subject to the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee because he is not a judicial officer, The Guardian reports.
He said: “In the light of these violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct, we pray the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee to direct that the name of Mr. Danladi Umar be struck out of the Roll of Legal Practitioners in Nigeria."
The lawyer accused Umar of sitting over the case against Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, for false asset declaration even when he knew that the CCT lacked jurisdiction.
Agbakoba cited the Court of Appeal in Nganjiwa vs FRN (2017) LPELR-43391 (CA) which had said that any allegation of misconduct against a serving judicial officer must first be presided over by the National Judicial Council (NJC).
The advocate said that it is only after the NJC has made declaration on the issue that such case can be then referred to the appropriate authorities for the accused to face the full consequences of the law. He said the CCT chairman knew this but acted anyway.
The SAN also said that the chairman issued a faulty ex parte order without considering that the counsel had made an application, saying “this gives the impression that the CCT may have drawn up the application on itself.”
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Finally, he said Umar is facing trial in court for an alleged N10 million bribe in case titled (CCT/ABJ/03/12) and so he is not fit to sit over a corruption case.
Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that a front-line lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN), condemned suspension of the CJN and asked Onnoghen to challenge his trial at the CCT.
Falana made this known on Sunday, January 27, while featuring as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
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