The Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee (LPPC) has rescinded its move to confer the rank of the Senior Advocate on Mrs. Oluwatoyin Ajoke Bashorun, citing her failure to pay the rent of a property she occupies for nine years.
Mrs. Bashorun was the only female lawyer nominated alongside 29. Their nomination was announced in July, 2017 and the rank was conferred on all of them except her last September.
“The Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee in an emergency meeting held today the 15th day of September, 2017, has decided to defer the conferment of the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria on Oluwatoyin Ajoke Bashorun, Esq. pending further investigation against her by a special constituted committee set up by My Lord, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Honourable Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, GCON, Chairman of the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee,” a statement signed by the Secretary to the LPPC, Mrs. Hadiza Mustapha had said.
The body in statement it released on Friday, said its investigation found Mrs. Bashorun guilty as charged in the petition against her in which she was accused of not paying rent of a property for nine years.
It said her conduct was unbecoming of a SAN and contravened the provision of the law on conferment of the rank on individual, adding that it rescinded its move to confer the title on her and would consider her if she applies in three years’ time.
The statement reads in part, “Bashorun conducted herself in a manner which is clearly in contravention of the provisions of paragraphs 18(2) (a) and (c) and 19 (a)(b) and (d) of the Guidelines for the conferment of the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria 2016 by staying and continue to stay in a rented property for nine years without paying rent.”