N2bn Libel Suit: el-Rufai’s Attorney accused of professional misconduct

By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna    

Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai’s Attorney-General of state and Commissioner of Justice has been accused of unethical and professional misconduct on a case of N2 billion libel suit instituted against Senator Shehu Sani over alleged defamation.

Counsel to the defendant Senator Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna Central, in a statement in Kaduna on weekend, lamented that it was uncharitable to take recourse to the media to broadcast the notice of the pending suit to their client, Senator Sani, particularly when record has shown that there’s no court order for substituted service against him.

Titled ‘Memo on the 2 billion Naira Suit Against Senator Shehu Sani, and signed by Mrs. Damilola Kolade Kayode for Ajulyo & Co. Castle of Law,’ Counsel explained that “We were today briefed by Senator Shehu Sani (Our Client) of a media report of a 2billion Naira libel suit allegedly filed at the Kaduna State High Court, Kaduna Governor Nasir El-Rufai, of Kaduna State, as the Plaintiff and against our client as the Defendant.”

The statement, made available to our reporter, further stated that “Having not been properly served and fully abreast of the Rules & Ethics of our profession, we at this moment will not join issue with the Governor through the media.

“Away from the suit, we however take exception to the patently adopted unethical practice of the Governor’s Attorney, particular being a senior member of the Bar, Senior Advacate, who should know better the implication of taking recourse to the media to broadcast the notice of the pending suit to our client, the procedure adopted by the counsel to say the least is unethical, unprofessional and
uncharitable, particularly when record has shown that there is no court order for substituted service against our client.

“We have, therefore, advised our client accordingly and have assured him of the likely sanction of those found wanting in the circumstance. As ministers in the Temple of Justice and committed to fast-tracking of justice in our society, we heartily commend the Plaintiff in the suit for his belief in our judicial system and for not taking law into his hands.

“In the same vein, we equally pray that as a further assurance of His Excellency’s premium on our court, he should immediately obey and/or comply with all other judgments and rulings of our court against.

“We express our total commitment to the rule of law as we will continue to render our moral and prescribed duties to our clients, our society and the court, for common good.”

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