Lawyer to serve 6 months imprisonment for exam malpractice

The erring lawyer is currently serving time in Kuje Prisons for cheating during bar examinations.

The Director-General of the Nigerian Law School, Tahir Mamman, on Thursday, in Abuja, disclosed that a recently qualified lawyer has been convicted for examination malpractice.

The lawyer cheated during the school’s bar examination.

Mr. Mamman made the disclosure at the Annual General Conference of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), decrying the increase in examination malpractices among law students. He also berated some senior members of the NBA for encouraging exam malpractice by using their positions to influence the prosecution of defaulters.

Mr. Mamman said the management of the school would not relent in its efforts to get rid of such lawyers, adding that they are capable of tarnishing the image of the profession.

“The recent increase in examination malpractice among law students is appalling and for three examinations running now, the school has registered increase in examination malpractices.

“Some recently qualified lawyers were caught writing examination for some resit students only three weeks ago. One was convicted three weeks ago and now serving six months imprisonment without option of fine in Kuje Prisons.

“Two are awaiting judgment while four others have just been arraigned,’’ he said.

According to him, even more worrisome is that some senior members of the bar have attempted to put pressure on the school to drop the cases.

“A senior member of the bar came to me recently to plead on behalf of some defaulters to say that any form of prosecution would destroy their careers. This we find very reprehensible,” he said.

Speaking on the quality of law students being turned out from the universities, the DG blamed the poor performance among students on a lack of interest in the legal profession. He also blamed corruption in the admission system of some universities in the country for the quality of lawyers produced.

Mr. Mamman advised parents to allow their children choose professions of their choice, rather than forcing them to take courses that are against their wishes.

He also called on school authorities to desist from corrupt practices capable of smearing the image of the profession.


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