SAN: Former Kogi assemblyman sues LPPC over nominee

Former member representing the Igalamela / Odolu state constituency and chairman of the Public Accounts Committee in the Kogi State House of Assembly, Hon. Friday Sani Makama, on Friday, filed a lawsuit in the Federal High Court, Abuja, against the Legal Professionals Privileges Committee, LPPC, for nominating Attorney Abdul Wahab Mohammed for the title of Senior Lawyer of Nigeria (SAN).

Former member representing the Igalamela / Odolu state constituency and chairman of the Public Accounts Committee in the Kogi State House of Assembly, Hon. Friday Sani Makama, on Friday, filed a lawsuit in the Federal High Court, Abuja, against the Legal Professionals Privileges Committee, LPPC, for nominating Attorney Abdul Wahab Mohammed for the title of Senior Lawyer of Nigeria (SAN).

The Kogi State candidate for the 2020 SAN title is the immediate younger brother of Kogi State Attorney General and Justice Commissioner Mohammed Sani Ibrahim.

The former legislator approached the court to prevent the committee from going ahead to confer the title of Nigerian Senior Counsel (SAN), saying his request previously addressed to the committee was ignored.

On why he was seeking legal means to arrest Kogi’s candidate, he said: “Lawyer Abdul Wahab Mohammed is the younger brother of the Kogi State Attorney General.

“He is the lawyer who handles all legal cases on behalf of the state of Kogi using the privilege of his older brother, Mohammed Sani Ibrahim, who is the commissioner of Justice despite the high-level lawyers of the state of Kogi.

Makama, who was a legislator from the Popular Democratic Party, PDP, was suspended from the House under controversial circumstances in 2018, sued the state in which he obtained the appeal and the Supreme Court sentences in his favor to have it withdrawn and paid all his rights, he told DAILY POST, that the Kogi State still had to serve two years after the sentence.

According to him, the candidate who was the Kogi state prosecutor in his case filed a frivolous lawsuit against the Supreme Court ruling in his favor, which was sanctioned for violating the ethics of the legal profession.

He said the “frivolous application” is a fundamental infraction that disqualifies any applicant for the Nigerian Senior Lawyer award, insisting that the LPPC must abide by its own laws by excluding the nominee Kogi from the SAN 2020 award.

“You may recall that, in 2018, I filed a lawsuit against the state government for non-payment of my salaries and allowances while working in the State House of Assembly in Kogi State.

“However, the state government claimed to have suspended payment of my salaries and allowances due to the fact that I was suspended by the House of Assembly. I won them in court.

“Although in 2018 the Supreme Court issued a meritorious ruling that allowed the appeal with the order that the state government pay me all my salaries and allowances, emoluments and monies owed to me within the period of my mandate as an active member of the Kogi State House of Assembly and allow me to resume my legislative duties immediately.

Since then, the lawyer for the State Government, Abdul Wahab, continues to make frivolous requests to thwart the ruling of the supreme court in 2019.

“The Supreme Court dismissed Abdul Wahab’s request that it be reversed in the previous sentence that was given to me on December 19, 2020.

“The Supreme Court dismissed and described lawyer Abdul Wahab’s request as frivolous and vexatious.

According to him, the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee should have analyzed the merit of his petition against the nominee, adding that the way they were doing it raised suspicions in him.

In court documents seen by journalists, a hearing date has not yet been set.

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