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CHARLES OKIKE V. THE LEGAL PRACTITIONERS DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE

(2005) JELR 33416 (SC)

Supreme Court  •  SC.58/2004  •  15 Jul 2005  •  Nigeria

Coram
MUHAMMADU LAWAL UWAIS JSC; SALIHU MODIBBO ALFA BELGORE JSC; IDRIS LEGBO KUTIGI JSC; AKINTOLA OLUFEMI EJIWUNMI JSC; DAHIRU MUSDAPHER JSC; IGNATIUS CHUKWUDI PATS-ACHOLONU JSC; SUNDAY AKINOLA AKINTAN JSC;

Judgement

MUSDAPHER, JSC (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This is an appeal against the direction or decision of the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee of the Body of Benchers established under section 11(1) of the Legal Practitioners Act, Cap. 207 as amended by Legal Practitioners (Amendment) Act, No. 21 of 1994 and brought to this court in pursuance to section 12(7) thereof. The direction was given by the committee in its proceedings No. BB/DCNB/016 of 3rd April, 2003 whereby the appellant Mr. Charles Okike, was to have his name struck off from the roll of the legal practitioners. The appellant was further ordered to refund to his client, through the petitioner, the sum of 123,000 United States Dollars. The money he misappropriated and refused to pay to his client. The matter started as the result of the petition written by one Alhaji Salisu Muhammed dated the 27th of September, 2000, addressed to the Chief Justice of Nigeria. The petitioner alleged that the appellant as a legal pra…

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