A businessman based in Aba, Abia State, Mr. Chibuike Nwigwe has petitioned the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association, Aba branch against a lawyer, Chijioke C. Ogbonna over alleged professional misconduct.
But the lawyer has denied the allegation, insisting that he did nothing wrong. In the petition which was made available to our reporter, Nwigwe stated that the lawyer had on April 15, 2008 prepared a leasehold agreement between him (Nwigwe) and one late chief Ben Nwafor to take over the management of an uncompleted hotel of the latter under a ‘complete, operate and transfer’ arrangement for a period of nine years.
Nwigwe alleged that shortly afterwards, that Ogbonna and one Mrs. Christiana Dike approached and told him they would want to sale off the hotel and share the money, offering to give him (Nwigwe) N4m out of whatever sale proceeds. The petitioner said being contrary to the terms of the leasehold agreement which the lawyer prepared and having expended the sum of N15m in upgrading the hotel, he rejected the offer.
The petitioner further alleged that the lawyer in 2013 prepared an Irrevocable Power of Attorney in favour of Mrs. Dike purporting that Chief Ben Nwafor (owner of the property) who died and was buried in 2008 had transferred the property to her.
Nwaigwe urged the NBA Disciplinary Committee to determine among others, “Whether it was proper for Bar C.C Ogbonna who prepared the leasehold agreement between late Chief Nwafor and I, to go ahead and prepare Irrevocable Power of Attorney in favour of another person without my consent and when the leasehold he prepared still subsists. Whether Barr. C.C Ogbonna is allowed by NBA practice to in 2013 prepare an irrevocable power of attorney where it was claimed that Chief Ben Nwafor who died and was buried in 2008 appended his signature. When contacted, Barr. Ogbonna who admitted to preparing both the leasehold agreement and the Irrevocable Power of Attorney, however denied any wrong doing.
“I did not do anything wrong, neither did I meet with the petitioner to offer him any money that will emanate from the sale of the building as he alleged. He was just out to tarnish my image.”