The Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee (LPPC) has restored the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria to leading Port Harcourt lawyer, Mr. Beluolisa Nwofor, The decision was taken at the meeting of the committee held last Tuesday.
LPPC made the decision after considering an application by Nwofor for a review of its earlier resolution withdrawing the rank. The restoration is to take immediate effect.
Though the Acting Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court and LPPC Secretary, Hajo Sarki Bello did not respond to our telephone call, Nwofor told City Lawyer that he was “very happy” to hear the news.
His words: “I am very grateful to God who has made it possible for me to be alive to see the restoration of my rank. I thank the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee under the leadership of the Chief Justice of Nigeria for restoring my rank. It is a good thing they have done.
“I will continue to pledge my loyalty to the legal profession and continue to play my part in promoting justice delivery and the rule of law. Every one of us has a role to play in the justice system. I will continue to play my own part, show utmost respect to the courts and abide by the ethics of our profession.”
It is recalled that Nwofor had his exalted rank stripped from him at the 126th general meeting of the LPPC held on 22nd June, 2017 following a petition to the committee by the Chief Registrar of the Court of Appeal. He was accused of being “rude” to the panel of Court of Appeal justices when he appeared before them on November 16, 2016 in Appeal No. CA/A/551c/M/2016 between Mr. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) and Prince Ebiyi Poroye and 10 others in connection with the 2016 Ondo State Governorship Election.
Nwofor was called to the Nigerian Bar on August 22, 1985 and took silk on September 13, 2004. At the peak of his career, Nwofor was reputed for his brilliance and adjudged one of the go-to lawyers in the oil-rich Port Harcourt.