A private lawyer, Maurice Ampaw, has advised YouTuber Elorm Ababio aka Ama Governor to show remorse for her actions on social media if she intends to be called to the bar in Ghana.
Speaking on a Neat FM tracked by GhanaWeb, Advocate Ampaw said Ama Governor’s defenders should urge him to change his behavior rather than threatening to protest as their protest will not change anything.
He added that the Governor of Ama is expected to appear before the General Legal Council (GLC) with one of the best lawyers in the country and a member of the clergy who will plead for the lifting of the blockade during her appeal to the bar.
“You can enjoy your life, but you have to enjoy it quietly. You can’t live a life I don’t care about because it’s your life. Who told you it’s your life? Whatever you do affects someone else.
“Let me warn the Governor of Ama and all who insult the Council that they are not helping the girl. I also advise the girl to stop the social media stuff. The matter is now gentle; she is before the Council.
“What she should do now is seek an experienced lawyer, who has practiced for about 30 to 50 years and a Christian clergy respected in the country by the Orthodox churches… The man of God will plead on her behalf when they go before the Council…the law should also convince that lawyer that he/she will advise her…this is the only way for the Council to lift the ban on her,” he said in Twi.
Elorm Ababio, a student who has just completed the Ghana School of Law (GSL), will not be admitted to the Ghana Bar due to a petition filed against her by a “worried citizen”.
The complaint, according to the letter signed by Judge Cynthia Pamela A. Addo JA, Secretary of the General Legal Council (GLC), said the Governor of Ama is seen in widely circulated videos engaging in what he describes as “conduct unbecoming of an applicant for admission to the Bar”.
The complainant, the secretary of the GLC, indicated that he had also submitted a USB key [pen drive] which contains selected video files and hyperlinks from Governor Ama to relevant publications on the website.
The Governor of Ama’s conduct would violate Regulation 21(c) of the Legal Profession (Professional Law Course and Post-Appeal) Regulations, 2018 LI 2355.
Said regulation states: “A student of the school qualifies for admission to the Bar if that student has […] (c) satisfied the Council that the student is of good character.”
The Council, as Judge Cynthia Pamela A. Addo JA said, had thus decided:
“1. Establish a three-member panel to investigate the complaint and advise Council accordingly.
“2. To suspend the decision to call you [Ama Governor] to the Bar pending the outcome of the investigation.
“I have been instructed by the Chairman of the General Legal Council to brief you on this matter and to advise you to expect to be contacted by the Committee in due course.”
“You will receive a fair hearing into the complaint before a decision is rendered,” Judge Cynthia Pamela A. Addo JA’s November 3 letter concluded.
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