Ogunba did no wrong, says NBA over Honeywell’s petition
Ogunba did no wrong, says NBA over Honeywell’s petition
Ogunba did no wrong, says NBA over Honeywell's petition
Nigerian Bar Association Disciplinary Committee has reaffirmed its decision absolving a Lagos-based lawyer, Mr. Kunle Ogunba, of the allegation of professional misconduct levelled against him by the Honeywell Group Limited.

The NBA General Secretary, Isiaka Olagunju, said in a letter dated February 20, 2018 that after concluding hearing in Honeywell’s petition, the NBA Disciplinary Committee decided to dismiss the petition for failing “to disclose a prima facie case of professional misconduct against the respondent (Ogunba).”

The letter by Olagunju reaffirmed an August 5, 2016 letter by then NBA General Secretary, Mazi Afam Osigwe, dismissing Honeywell’s petition against Ogunba.

But the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee, to which Honeywell also submitted a copy of its April 7, 2016 petition, said it found merit in the petition.

In a press release dated January 11, 2018 by its Secretary and the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Hadizatu Mustapha, the LPPC said based on Honeywell’s petition it resolved to strip Ogunba of the Senior Advocate of Nigeria title.

However, the NBA in its February 20, 2018 letter to Honeywell, said it stood by its earlier decision that Ogunba did no wrong.

In the earlier letter, the NBA had said contrary to Honeywell’s allegation, it found that all the steps taken by Ogunba, in a bid to help his client, Ecobank Nigeria Limited, to recover an alleged debt of N5.5bn from three subsidiaries of Honeywell, were lawful and ethical.

Honeywell had, in its petition, accused Ogunba of instituting “multiplicity of proceedings before different judges of the Federal High Court on the same subject matter with the deliberate aim of abusing the processes of the court and derailing the course of justice.”

But the NBA Disciplinary Committee said after its analysis of the suits filed by Ogunba, it was satisfied that the parties and the prayers sought were different, defeating Honeywell’s allegation of abuse of court processes.

It said, “The respondent’s actions are, in our respectful view, in line with the duty of a counsel to do everything which, in the exercise of his discretion, he thinks best for the general interest of his client, which cannot be fettered by subjecting him to the disciplinary proceedings…

“We are, therefore, of the considered belief that the allegations contained in the petition under reference do not contain facts indicating any infraction of the Rules of Professional Conduct.”

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