ANXIETY OVER ENERGY EXPERT, LUCIUS NWOSU SAN
There are strong indications that leading oil and gas lawyer, Mr. Lucius Nwosu SAN is dead.
A post on his University of Nigeria Enugu Campus 1976 alumni platform obtained by CITY LAWYER read: “BREAKING… Am distressed and in tears. Why do such things happen?! Can’t still believe it that Papa Doc is gone to the great beyond. He passed this morning. Hate to be a bearer of bad news. Na so we see am.”
Another post read: “LUCIOUS (sic) NWOSU SAN, may your soul rest in peace.” It would seem that his classmates nicknamed him “Papa Doc.”
A source who is a classmate of the fiery lawyer confirmed the sad news to CITY LAWYER , saying the news was originally broken by a judge who is also a classmate of the foremost oil pollution claims expert allegedly nicknamed “Lucifer Nwosu” by international oil companies for being a thorn in their flesh in his many legal battles for compensation for polluted oil-bearing communities.
He said that the news broke yesterday of Nwosu’s passing, adding that it was not until today that the news was confirmed. He stated that three members of the class have been mandated to visit his beloved wife.
Nwosu was lately entangled in a face-off which wrought a crisis within the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee (LPDC), leading to the resignation of its chairman and two members due to alleged meddlesomeness by the Body of Benchers.
This also led him to petition the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) President, Mr. Olumide Akpata in a letter dated February 17, 2022 urging him to impress on leading lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun SAN “to refrain from bidding for the Chairmanship of the Body of Benchers failing which, the Bar should politely withdraw his candidacy.”
Continuing, he wrote in the four-page letter: “Mr. President, I do not have anything to gain or lose personally by Chief Olanipekun SAN remaining in or becoming Chairman of the Body of Benchers, but I would rather not be your goodself as president and alter ego of the Nigeria Bar Association, when this tragic circumstances will be ascribed to your tenure. Hence this urgent note of caution.”
It was unclear whether Akpata responded to Nwosu’s petition. However, the Body of Benchers brushed aside the controversy to elevate Olanipekun to the position of Chairman of the elite body.
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