RPC: Exchange of blows at Gombe Magistrates Court by Counsel is infamous conduct — Prof. Odinkalu
RPC: Exchange of blows at Gombe Magistrates Court by Counsel is infamous conduct — Prof. Odinkalu

The former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Professor Chidi Odinkalu, has described the exchange of blows by two lawyers at the Gombe State Magistrates Court as Infamous Conduct.

ASKLEGALPALACE recalls that there was a wild drama at Gombe Magistrate Court where two lawyers descended on each other with blows while arguing a motion for stand down.

The two Lawyers, John Yuwa Esq and MK Gurumyen Esq drew attention of everyone within the court premises with their physical combat which let to the hospitalizations of Yuwa Esq and stitches for his torn mouth and broken jaw.

In reaction, Odinkalu said, “1 remarkable thing here is the collective failure of indignation. If this incident took place in open court, then it was public. That makes it a classic case of #InfamousConduct in Rule 1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct. It belongs to the #LPDC, pronto!”

He blamed the bar, bench and the leadership of NBA Branch leaderships for such conducts. According to him, a profession without consequences makes law irrelevant.

4TH, 1 REMARKABLE THING HERE IS THE COLLECTIVE FAILURE OF INDIGNATION. IF THIS INCIDENT TOOK PLACE IN OPEN COURT, THEN IT WAS PUBLIC. THAT MAKES IT A CLASSIC CASE OF #INFAMOUSCONDUCT IN RULE 1 OF THE RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT. IT BELONGS TO THE #LPDC, PRONTO!

— CHIDI ODINKALU (@CHIDIODINKALU) SEPTEMBER 25, 2021

“What this case advertises is the failure of all facets of the profession-the Bar,the Bench, the branch leadership & more. A vocation without consequences invariably makes the law an irrelevant instrument without consequences, That’s how u end up with a place like #Nigeria.” Odinkalu added

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