By Esezobor Ohimai, Benin
A Benin-based lawyer, Eromosele Igbegu, has approached a Federal High Court praying among other reliefs an order of the trial court to direct the Attorney-General of the Federation to prosecute the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the September 19, 2020, Edo State governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, for alleged infractions against the provisions of the Criminal Code Act.
The aforementioned is an amendment to suit FHC/B/CS/73/2020
filed on 13th July, 2020, by the lawyer, who is asking the court to prohibit Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu from parading himself as a lawyer on account of an alleged false information provided the Nigerian Law School in 1986 and subsequent call to the Nigerian Bar in 1987.
The suit seeks for relief including that Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu misrepresented the fact and lied under Oath concerning and touching on his history of expulsion and rustication in the application into the Nigerian Law School form, a form he said Mr Ize-Iyamu filled under Oath in 1986.
Mr. Igbegu’s position is that Mr. Ize-Iyamu admission into the Nigerian law school in 1986 and call to the Nigerian Bar in 1987 is in breach of Sections 4(1)(c) & 11(1)(c) of the Legal Practitioners Act and Code 35 under Part B of the council of Legal Education’s code for students of the Nigerian Law School.
Mr. Igbegu further stated that Mr. Ize-Iyamu not being of good character on account of having been rusticated and expelled from the University of Benin for acid bath on a fellow student and having fraudulently gained admission into the Nigerian Law school in 1986 and fraudulently enrolled as a lawyer in 1987 stands disabled, disqualified and ineligible to hold himself out as a lawyer in Nigeria howsoever with effect from the 22nd of October, 1987.
The suit, which was filed unto the Federal High Court Registry by D. A. Uhunmwangho, E. comes up before Hon. Justice A. R. Mohammed on 12th January, 2021.