The Supreme Court, on Friday, said it had dropped the name of one Oluwatoyin Ajoke Bashorun from the list of successful senior lawyers awaiting decoration with the prestigious rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
Bashorun was the only female lawyer who made the final list of senior lawyers cleared for the conferment of the prestigious title.
The swearing in ceremony holds on Monday, September 18, this year.
In a statement by the Supreme Court on Friday and signed by its Chief Registrar, Hadizatu Mustapha, a serious petition capable of soiling the integrity of Bashorun if proven and that of the inner bar is awaiting investigation.
The petition, it was learnt, surfaced after the woman’s name was cleared by the LPPC for decoration with SAN title.
The statement said that following an emergency meeting held on September 15, 2017 by the LPPC over the matter, it decided to drop her name pending further investigation against her by a special committee to be set up by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.
This is not the first time the LPPC headed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Onnoghen would be dropping name of successful lawyer awaiting decoration.
Bar and Bench Watch recalls that similar thing happened to a male silk, Pinhero (SAN) few years back.
He could not be sworn in with his colleagues until the following year after the petition against him was investigated and found to lack merit.
On the instant case, the Secretary to LPPC and Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Hadizatu Mustapha, paragraph 12(2) of the LPPC Committee Guidelines 2016 provides room for petition to be written and filed with the CJN /Chairman of the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee within 18 days of the publication of the list of successful candidates to be awarded with the SAN title.
“Consequently, after the announcement, more facts have emerged touching on the eligibility of one of the otherwise successful applicants.
“Consequent upon that, the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee in an emergency meeting held today, the 15th day of September, 2017, has decided to defer the conferment of the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria on Oluwatoyin Ajoke Bashorun Esq. pending further investigation by a special constituted committee set up by my Lord, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Honuorable Justice Samuel Walter Nkanu Onnoghen GCON, Chairman of the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee”, the statement reads.