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NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION
V.
ANOZIE A. IBEBUNJO

(2013) JELR 80158 (LPDC)    
Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee of the Body of Benchers  ·  COMPLAINT NO. BB/LPDC/113 ·  10 May 2013 ·  Nigeria
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(2013) 18 NWLR PT 1386
CORAM
JOSEPH BODUNRIN DAUDU, SAN (Chairman) (Read the Direction of the Committee) EMMANUEL C. UKALA, SAN - Member R.A. LAWAL-RABANA, SAN - Member EDWARD C. PWAJOK, ATTORNEY-GENERAL OF PLATEAU STATE - Member TIJJANI INUWA-DUTSE, ESQ. - Member

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respondent
legal practitioner
rule
abia state
conduct
high standard of professional conduct
legal practitioners
legal profession
rules of professional conduct
plots of land
possession of the land
anozie a. ibebunjo
disciplinary committee
entire sum
nigerian bar association
power of attorney
professional misconduct
refund of his money
absence of the respondent
appropriate order
breach of the rules of professional ethics
business of trading
case of any defect
closer inspection
count complaint of professional misconduct
evidence of these local arbitrations
exhibits p1-p2
exhibits p1-p31
following paragraphs of the said letter
high courts
image of the legal profession
infamous manner
leading direction of the committee
lpdc rules
mr. williams ataguba of counsel
name of his law firm
nba disciplinary committee
nba umuahia
p1-p2
possession of the property
professional reputation
related documents
respect of the above failed transaction
said publication
schedule of duty
specific attention
till date
time of the sale of the land
various courts
virtue of exhibits p1-p2

DAUDU, SAN (Delivering the Leading Direction of the Committee): The respondent is facing a 2 count complaint of professional misconduct before us i.e. the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee initiated by the Nigerian Bar Association pursuant to exhibit P1-P2, a letter from the then General Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association Ibrahim Mark, Esqr. dated the 30th of July 2009. Excerpt of the letter is reproduced here below:

‘the legal practitioner fraudulently or by trick obtained from the complainant the sum of ₦1.6M under the pretext that he sold to him 8 plots of land at Agbama Olokoro in the year 2002 but that ever since the transaction, the purchaser (complainant) has not been able to take possession of the land or received refund of his money despite repeated demands’.

The NBA Disciplinary Committee considered all available materials and found that,

1. The legal practitioner admitted that the petitioner bought land from him for the sum of ₦1.6m and has not taken possession…

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