LPDC exonerates Olanipekun from NBA’s allegation » TheNewsBig

The Approved Practitioners Disciplinary Committee (LPDC) has exonerated the chairperson of the Physique of Benchers, Wole Olanipekun, from culpability throughout the allegation {{of professional}} misconduct levelled in opposition to a affiliate in his laws company by the Nigerian Bar Affiliation (NBA).

The LPDC made this recognized in a letter dated 19 August and addressed to Wole Olanipekun & Co. 

The letter, a replica of which was printed by The Gavel,  said its preliminary analysis didn’t arrange any case in opposition to Mr Olanipekun,  a former president of the NBA. 

The NBA had petitioned the LPDC in July, accusing the affiliate in Mr Olanipekun’s laws company, Adekunbi Ogunde, of asking for briefs for the company in alleged violation of the expert code of conduct for attorneys.

In what was broadly seen as a case of have an effect on peddling, Ms Ogunde educated the potential shopper, Saipem Contracting Nigeria Restricted, in a leaked memo, that the presence of Mr Olanipekun, a senior advocate and lead affiliate of the laws company, “will significantly change points” in favour of Sapiem.

Mr Olanipekun is a former president of the NBA and at current chairs the Physique of Benchers, one among many prime regulatory our our bodies throughout the Nigeria’s licensed occupation.

Ms Ogunde had subsequently apologised for her movement, together with that she wrote the letter with out the authority of the laws company or information of Mr Olanipekun.

The laws company had moreover issued a disclaimer, saying Ms Ogunde was on her private. 

Petition

Nonetheless the NBA, in its 19 July petition, urged the LPDC, the disciplinary physique established by laws to deal with attorneys’ acts of misconduct, “to immediately start the disciplinary course of and prosecute ADEKUNBI OGUNDE Esq. for the violation of the sacred provisions of the Tips of Expert Conduct, considerably Rule 1 thereof.”

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Inside the petition signed by the primary Vice President of the NBA, John Aikpokpo-Martins, the affiliation moreover urged the LPDC to search out out whether or not or not Mr Olanipekun and completely different companions of the company “normally should not liable to be disciplined by this august physique, seeing that the Respondent has the ostensible authority to behave as a affiliate, and definitely acted for and on behalf of the said company.”

LPDC clears Olanipekun

Nonetheless the LPDC has now written to Wole Olanipekun & Co., exonerating Mr Olanipekun and completely different companions throughout the laws company.

A reproduction of the letter dated 19 August, which captured an extract of the LPDC’s preliminary findings, was made accessible on The Gavel’s website.

The doc signed by the LPDC Secretary, Daniel Tela, stated that the preliminary analysis of the petition had confirmed there was no case in opposition to Mr Olanipekun and his completely different companions.

The letter, a reply to an earlier letter dated 17 August by the laws company, solely presents with the side of the petition concerning Mr Olanipekun.

It’s silent on the case in opposition to Mr Ogunde, the first matter of the allegation. 

“With response to the applicant’s prayer to ponder whether or not or not the company of Wole Olanipekun & Co normally should not liable to be disciplined, I preserve the common-or-garden view that since there isn’t a proof to point that the Respondent definitely acted with the info and consent of the Principal Companions,” the LPDC’s letter had be taught said in an extract.

Citing Mr Olanipekun’s fixed denial of any information of the offending movement from Ms Ogunde, the LPDC said, “accordingly, I see no profit in recommending extra investigation in opposition to the companions of Wole Olanipekun &Co. I so preserve.”

Background

It’s going to be recalled that Ms Ogunde, who authored the controversial letter to the Saipem group, soliciting licensed illustration on behalf of Wole Olanipekun and Co, admitted making “careless representations and inferences” in her letter of 20 June. 

She said her inferences to Olanipekun and Co’s relationship with judges “might have been merely interpreted to indicate that the company might help protected some profit throughout the courtroom docket for Saipem.”

Retracting her allusion to have an effect on peddling, Ms Ogunde said since changing into a member of Mr Olanipekun’s company closing December, no workers member had “engaged in any unwholesome or unethical practices” to counsel that the company can somehow ‘have an effect on’ judicial outcomes by improper means.”

Inside the wake of the scandal, Ms Ogunde launched her dedication to take a depart of absence from energetic licensed apply to permit her work together in neighborhood service and afford her the prospect to clear her head of the mess.  

The NBA had, after sending its petition to the LPDC, written to Mr Olanipekun urging him to step down from his place as a result of the chair of the Physique of Benchers. The affiliation cited his affiliation with Ms Ogunde as a result of the grounds for asking him to step down.

A bunch of SANs beneath the auspices of the Justice Reform Mission (JRP) had moreover backed the NBA’s title.

Nonetheless whatever the NBA’s title, Mr Olanipekun had, in his functionality as a result of the chair of the Physique of Benchers, presided over the most recent call-to-bar ceremony admitting new attorneys into the Nigerian bar. It might nicely as an indication that the NBA’s title on him to relinquish his place was rejected.

On the occasion of the call-to-bar ceremony, Mr Olanipekun, in a veiled reference to the NBA’s petition, said the LPDC shouldn’t be used as  dialogue board for settling personal score.


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