Three legal practitioners convicted and barred from practicing in Nigeria over alleged professional misconduct have got temporary reprieve from the Supreme Court which set aside of their conviction.
Mamman Waziri, Olayori Muideen and Dr Osaretin George Izegbuwa were found wanting in the professional conduct and sanctioned.
But the Supreme Court which looked into their appeal for review of their sanctions found that they were denied fair hearing as required by law.
The legal practitioners were sanctioned by the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee LPPDC for various misconduct in the discharge of their professional callings.
However in separate judgments by the apex court on Friday, held that the disciplinary measures metted on them were voided and set aside having been done in breach of provisions of laws guiding disciplinary issues.
Justice Ejembi Eko who delivered unanimous judgments in the matters via Zoom further held that the actions of the LPPDC panels which led to punishment of the three lawyers were not consistent with provisions of the law.
Justice Eko faulted the conviction of the lawyers on various grounds partly which bothered on the composition of the panels.
Some of the panel members who signed the verdict against the lawyers were found not to have participated in the whole proceedings as required by law.
Justice Eko noted that the composition of the LPPDC panels were too wieldy and counselled that a panel should not have more than three or four members to ensure proper attendance.
Having set aside the conviction, Justice Eko ordered that the three lawyers be made to face different panels to be constituted by the LPPDC.