LPDC Bans Uzodinma’s Former AG For Five Years For Using Office To Release Suspected Murderer

July 13, 2021

Barr. COC Akaolisa

Barr. COC Akaolisa, the recently sacked Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Imo State in the Gov Hope Uzodinma Government has been slammed with a five years ban by the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee (LPDC), maazi.online reports. The ban, which barred him from practicing as a Lawyer in Nigeria was handed down to him over allegations of professional misconduct.

Following the ban, the matter was communicated to every legal establishment in the country, notifying them that Akaolisa can no longer represent anybody as a lawyer for the next five years.

The ban came into effect, following the findings and onward recommendation of a six-man Disciplinary Committee, headed by Mr. Dauda J. B. (SAN).

Akaolisa was on Friday the 9th of July, 2021, found guilty of the allegations which were contained in a petition filed against him by a complaint, alleging abuse of power, and professional misconduct.

It was revealed, that Akaolisa used his former position as the Attorney- General and Commissioner for Justice in Imo State, to get a suspected murderer, Mr. Paulinus Nwanochie, who was standing trial for the murder of Mr. Alphonsus Akuma, all from Orsu LGA, released on bail.

The suspect, who had been remanded in Prison Custody, was standing trial since 2013, before Justice Onii Egbunighe of Orlu High Court.

Akaolisa was the legal Counsel to the Suspect before he was appointed as the Attorney- General and Commissioner for Justice in the State.

It was gathered that the judge hearing the matter had been held up in the United States during the COVID- 19 outbreak, which was around the time Akaolisa was appointed.

Akaolisa used his office, to move the case to an Owerri High Court, which presided over by Justice Ikpema. This was done without the consent of the complainant, Chief John Akuma, neither was the case officially withdrawn or transferred from Orlu Court to the one in Owerri.

Akaolisa also wrote to the lawyer of the Complainant, Barr. Ekweme, telling him to drop the case, but the lawyer demanded for a formal letter to that regard, which Akaolisa did before he dropped the case.

The Complainant seeing that he would not get justice with Akaolisa as AG, petitioned the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee (LPDC) through his new counsel, Chief Nwofor K. C. (SAN).

A 6- man Disciplinary Committee was set up, and Akaolisa was found guilty of the allegations levelled against him, leading to the ban of five years.

The Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma has remained silent over the matter.

Source: maazi.online, barristerng.com

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