A Professor of Law, Safiriyu Abiodun Adesanya (SAN)
A Professor of Law, Safiriyu Abiodun Adesanya (SAN), Wednesday denied the allegation of impersonation levelled against him by another Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Gboyega Awomolo.
Adesanya said he did not endorse the Council of Legal Education application form belonging to Miss Kariba Biobelemoye Spiff, when his tenure as a member of the Body of Benchers had expired.
He added that contrary to Awomolo’s claim, which was reported by THISDAY on Tuesday, as at when he signed Spiff’s application, he was still a member of the Body of Benchers.
In a letter he addressed to THISDAY, Adesanya stated that he was appointed by the Body of Benchers on June 4, 2009 for a period of three years which expired on June 3, 2012.
He added that at the time he recommended Spiff in April, his tenure was still counting and had not expired.
The Law teacher added that the Chairman of the Body of Benchers, Chief Idowu Sofola (SAN), had even confirmed that the body was misled by a letter dated March 19, 2012 that his tenure and those of three other persons had expired.
He alleged that Awomolo orchestrated the petition against him because he instigated his removal from the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee (LPDC) “following his distasteful and irritating conduct.”
He further stated that his travail with the body started when he asked the Administrator of the National Judicial Institute and chairman of LPDC to step down, following his investigation for allegedly embezzling over N6.1 billion.
“There is the allegation that Justice Umaru Eri is being investigated for the embezzlement of over N6.1 billion. He was the chairman of the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee.
“When I saw the several newspaper publications about Eri, as an elder I spoke to Eri and advised him to excuse himself as the chairman/member of LPDC and that he should clear himself with the ICPC. I added that during his absence any other member, excluding myself, could be chairman.
“When he refused, I went to court against him in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/390/2011 which is still pending in at the Federal High Court, Abuja,” he said.
Adesanya said he was not surprised about Awomolo’s petition because he had the ambition of becoming the chairman of LPDC after Justice Umaru Eri had been frustrated.
The Law teacher, however, vowed that as long as lives, he would fight all embezzlers of public funds and their protectors under the façade of unattractive legal practice.