The lawyer who was soliciting for the freedom of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, Emeka Ephraim Ugwuonye has been temporarily barred from legal practice in Nigeria. The former United States-based Nigerian lawyer, who was disbarred in New York and Maryland for professional misconduct, was yesterday also disbarred in Nigeria, to which he had relocated, for the same offense.
In a report by Daily Post, Ugwuonye was sanctioned by the Nigeria’s Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee, LPDC, of the Body of Benchers, a unit which punishes misconduct among lawyers.
LPDC ordered Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court of Nigeria to strike out Ugwuonye’s name. J.S. Okutepa (SAN) who is the Chief Prosecutor of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) at the LPDC found Ugwuonye liable for fraud and promised to give details of the direction of LPDC in due course.