The Democratic Watchdog of Nigeria has called for prosecution of Ehiogie West Idahosa for misleading the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation.
According to a press release by Director General of Democratic Watchdog of Nigeria, Dr. Nwambu Gabriel, he said that Ehiogie West Idahosa is found of leading litigation as counsel for and against the same client, on the same subject matter and before the same court.
Except is the full text of the press release:
The Democratic Watchdog of Nigeria has observed with keen interest the manner with which a supposed senior lawyer Mr. Ehiogie West Idahosa has been serially disobeying fundamental legal rules contrary to the norms of the legal profession.
Firstly, Mr. Ehiogie West Idahosa via a petition addressed to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, where he mislead the AGF to issue instructions to the IGP and intervene on a matter bothering on the Edo state House of Assembly which is already in court. This is a clear case of sub judice. It is our firm belief that the Abubakar Malami (SAN) as the chief law officer of the country ought not to let West Idahosa mislead him being acquainted with the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Again, Mr. Ehiogie West Idahosa is found of leading litigation as counsel for and against the same client, on the same subject matter and before the same court (the Federal High Court). Refer to the case of Bishop Osadolor Ochei v. EFCC and Oshiomhole (Suit No.FHC/ABJ/CS/2018), wherein Mr. West Idahosa was counsel for a party suing against Adams Oshiomhole as respondent in respect of a fraud case bothering on contract inflation on the cost of Edo Specialist (Central) Hospital project. Another contradiction to the rules of the profession.
From the aforementioned facts, we hereby call on the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee and the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Disciplinary Committee to met out stiff sanctions against Mr. Ehiogie West Idahosa as a serial violator of fundamental legal rules.