BEVERLY HILLS, June 14, (THEWILL) – The Disciplinary Panel of the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee (LPPC) has dismissed one of the two petitions against the immediate-past Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.
The petition, filed by Obi Johnson of Interstellar Communications Ltd, was dismissed by the panel due to the lack of diligent prosecution as the petitioner failed to send a representative, either a lawyer or an official of the company, to Thursday’s proceedings.
Malami attended the proceedings and was also represented by his team of lawyers led by Dipo Okpeseyi (SAN).
The LPPC is the body that confers the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) on lawyers and has the power to withdraw the rank from any lawyer on the grounds of ethical breaches.
With the Thursday’s development, the petition filed before the LPPC by the family of a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd), is the remaining one against Malami before the LPPC and has been slated for hearing on Friday.
The Dasuki family had submitted their petition to the LPPC and other bodies requesting that disciplinary action be taken against Malami for allegedly endorsing Dasuki’s continued detention.
The family’s petition followed Malami’s last year media comment suggesting that Dasuki, despite meeting the latest bail granted him by the Federal High Court in Abuja on July 2, 2018, would not be released from the custody of the Department of State Services on the grounds of national security.