Emeka Ugwuonye, a lawyer who used to be based in Maryland, United States, and founder of The Due Process Advocates (DPA) Group on Facebook,faces possible disciplinary action by the Nigerian Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee (NLPDC).
The committee, which oversees the disciplining of Nigerian lawyers, has scheduled a hearing for Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 for the adoption of written addresses.
It was gathered that Mr. Ugwuonye’s name was listed in a newspaper advertorial signed by Ms. H.A. Turaki, the committee’s secretary. The advert, published in Punch newspaper, is attached to this report.
In addition to his latest troubles in Nigeria, Mr. Ugwuonye is also likely to face disciplinary proceedings by the Washington, DC Bar. SaharaReporters learned that the DC Bar is on the cusp of commencing a trial of Mr. Ugwuonye over long standing allegations against him related to funds he obtained from the Nigerian Embassy in the US. This website broke the news that Mr. Ugwuonye had illegally pocketed more than $1.5 million he collected from the US government on behalf of the Nigerian Embassy.
Further investigations revealed that disciplinary authorities in the D.C Bar had corresponded with Mr. Ugwuonye about scheduling an investigation of his actions when he handled legal aspects of the sale of real estate once owned by Nigeria.