Why Hubert Ogunde’s granddaughter was barred from practicing as a Nigerian lawyer

By Muminat Ajide

Adekunbi Ogunde, a former partner at Wole Olanipekun & Co., has been disbarred by the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee (LPDC) for soliciting a brief.

The LDPC reached the decision on Thursday following a comprehensive investigation, according to multiple reports.

Ogunde, who happens to be the granddaughter of the renowned Nigerian playwright and cultural figure Hubert Ogunde, has been in the eye of the storm after she wrote an an email to Saipem Oil Ltd, an international oil company, soliciting the company’s brief in a matter against the Rivers State Government.

The case was already been handled by another law firm, Okeke & Ajumogobia.

Ogunde offered the services of her law firm, particularly the influence of their lead partner, Wole Olanipekun, the immediate former chairman of the Body of Benchers.

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) initiated disciplinary proceedings against the senior lawyer for violating the fundamental rules of professional conduct.

In a petition dated July 19, 2022, the NBA requested the LPDC to promptly initiate disciplinary proceedings and prosecute her.

However, Ogunde’s disbarment is subject to appeal at the Supreme Court.


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