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NIGERIAN BAR ASOCIATION V. LANRE MABAWONKU, ESQ.

(2013) JELR 87112 (LPDC)

Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee of the Body of Benchers  •  COMPLAINT NO: BB/LPDC/120  •  8 May 2013  •  Nigeria

Coram
JOSEPH BODUNRIN DAUDU, SAN (Chairman) (Read the Direction of the Committee) YUSUF O. ALI, SAN – (Member) EMMANUEL C. UKALA, SAN – (Member) R. A. LAWAL – RABANA, SAN – (Member) EDWARD C. PWAJOK, A.G., PLATEAU STATE – (Member) ALHAJI TIJJANI INUWA-DUTIES, ESQ. – (Member)

Judgement

DAUDU, SAN (Delivering the Direction of the Committee): The facts of this complaint lie within a very narrow compass. It is appropriate to start with the complaint dated the 27th of February 2013 filed by the NBA. The complaint reads thus:

That you LANRE MABAWONKU Male, Adult, a legal Practitioner in Lagos on the 31st day of January, 2005 in a hand written agreement drawn up by you, you agreed to open a joint account in the name of your firm and one MR V. O. BAKARE, opened an account with GT Bank Alagomeji Branch, Lagos with account No: 219/820136(0) 1/1/0 and made a non-lawyer cosignatory to the said account and agreed to share your legal fees with the complainant who is not a lawyer, you thereby misconducted yourself in an infamous professional manner in breach of Rules 1,3 (1)c and 18(2) of the Rules of Professional Conduct for Legal Practitioners 2007.

The complaint stemmed from the finding by the NBA through her General Secretary in a letter dated the 4th of December 2010 admitted …

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