The convict was caught writing Law School examinations for a resit student

Dr Tahir Mamman, the Director-General of the Nigerian Law School, on Thursday, announced that a recently qualified lawyer was convicted for malpractices during the school?s bar examination and was sentenced to six months imprisonment.

The DG, who disclosed this at the Annual General Conference of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), in Abuja, decried the increase in examination malpractices among law students.

Mamman, who berated some senior members of the NBA for encouraging malpractice by using their positions to influence the prosecution of defaulters, said that the management of the school would not relent in its effort to get rid of such lawyers, especially as they were capable of tarnishing the image of the profession.

?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,” he said.

According to him, the recent increase in examination malpractice among law students is appalling.

“For three examinations running now, the school has registered increase in examination malpractices,? he said.

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

Mamman said two are awaiting judgment while four others have just been arraigned.

Speaking on the quality of some law students, Mamman blamed students’ poor performance on lack of interest in the legal profession, and corruption in the admission system of some universities in the country.

The DG advised parents to allow their children to choose professions of their choice, rather than force them to take courses that are against their wishes. He also called on the school authorities to desist from any form of corrupt practices capable of smearing the image of the profession.

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