The Legal Practitioners’ Privilges Committee on Thursday announced the names of 31 new Senior Advocates of Nigeria who will be sworn-in in September.
Secretary of the LPPC and Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Hadizatu Mustapha, announced the names of the successful candidates after the 133rd plenary of the committee on Thursday.
Among the 31 successful candidates selected from 106 applicants were the Attorneys-General of Lagos and Ondo states, Adeniji Kazeem and Adekola Olawoye respectively.
They also include the Director-General of the Nigerian Law School, Prof. Isa Chiroma; the Vice-Chancellor of the Lagos State University, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun; the National Coordinator of the Legal Defence and Assistance Project, Mr. Chinonye Obiagwu, and prominent advocates, Mr. Olalekan Ojo and Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika.
Also on the list was Olabode Olanipekun, son of a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Wole Olanipekun (SAN).
The only female who made the list is Prof. Oluyemisi Bamgbose.
The rest of the successful candidates included, Oba Abuchi, Essien Udom, Metong Urombo, Prof. Wahab Egbewole, George Igbokwe, Olubowale Taiwo, Oluwole Iyamu, Adekola Olawoye, Stephen Adehi, Oluseun Akinbiyi, Emmanuel Achukwu, Keneth Ahia, Louis Alozie, and Wole Agunbiade.
The rest are Olayode Delano, Taminu Inuwa, Sonny Wogu, Prof. Offorinze Amucheazi, Adewale Atake, Kehinde Ehighelua, Prof. Muhammed Akanbi, Cosmas Enweluzo, and Ishaka Mudi.
Announcing the names on the list on Thursday, Mustapha said the successful candidates would be sworn in at the ceremony marking the commencement of the 2018/2019 legal year of the Supreme Court which is to hold on September 24.
She said 106 lawyers applied for the rank.
She said among the applicants were 83 who applied in the “advocate category” and 28 under the “academic category.”
Of all the applicants, only two were female, and only one of whom was successful, Mustapha said.
“The Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee at its 133rd plenary session held today (Thursday), July 12, 2018, has elevated 31 legal practitioners to the inner bar.
“The rank of SAN is awarded as a mark of excellence to members of the legal profession who have distinguished themselves as advocates and academics.
“The swearing-in ceremony of the 31 legal practitioners will take place during the 2018/2019 New Legal Year of the Supreme Court scheduled for September 24, 2018.”