Abdulazeez Anka Justice of a Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday slammed a N20,000 fine on a Lagos-based lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, who filed a N300 million suit against the police on behalf of the suspected kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike a.k.a. Evans.
The fine was sequel to what the judge described as ‘unprofessional conduct’ on the part of the lawyer. The so Suspected kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, aka Evans‘ lawyer Olukoya Ogungbeje was yesterday slammed N20,000 ‘punitive cost’ for professional misconduct.
Justice Abdulazeez Anka of the Federal High Court, Lagos, said the cost must be paid before July 20. Evans’ fundamental rights case was billed to be heard by the Judge, but his lawyer wrote, claiming toRead MoreThe post Evans’ lawyer fined N20,000 for professional misconduct appeared first on The Nation Nigeria.
Ogungbeje had notified the court, through a letter, of his inability to attend yesterday’s hearing of the fundamental rights enforcement suit he filed to challenge the continuous detention of Evans by the police owing to ill health.
He, however, failed to send copies of the letter to the defendants.
Expressing his displeasure, Justice Anka noted that it is unprofessional for Ogungbeje to write the court and sought for an adjournment on the grounds of ill health without notifying the other parties in the matter. The judge equally warned the lawyer to desist from such a conduct.
The court has noted the conduct of counsel who wrote to the court without copying other parties. This is unprofessional. The court hereby warns the counsel to desist from such a conduct,” Justice Anka held.
The judge eventually awarded a punitive cost of N20,000 against Ogungbeje, with a directive that the money must be paid before the next adjourned date, otherwise, the lawyer would not be given audience.
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