The Legal Practitioners' Privileges Committee, LLPC, has elevated 30 lawyers including prominent Lagos lawyer, Festus Keyamo and Akinlolu Osinbajo who is the younger brother to the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo to the rank of Senior Advocates of Nigeria.
The Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Mrs. Hadizatu Mustapha, released the names of the successful applicants to be upgraded to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
Among those that were conferred with the prestigious rank include the Attorney General of Kwara State, Kamaldeen Ajibade, former national legal adviser of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and gubernatorial candidate of Alliance for Democracy, AD in Ondo State, Chief Olusola Oke, as well as popular human rights lawyer, Festus Keyamo.
Keyamo in particular, has been denied the rank for several years by the LPPC but made the final cut out of a total of 156 applicants as part of those to be sworn in by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen on September 18.
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Others are Chibuike Nwokeukwu, Johnnie Egwuonwu, Bert Chukwuneta Igwilo, Sylvester Elema, Ikenna Egbuna, Wilcox Abereton, Michael Alliyu, Francis Egele, Prof. Enefiok Essien. Prof. Sadiq Shikyl, Prof. Adebambo Adewopo, Prof. Adedeji Adekunle, Nasser Dangiri, Oluwatoyin Bashorun, Emeka Okpoko, Sani Garun-Gabbas, Abdul Ibrahim, John Odubela, Gboyega Oyewole, Joshua Musa, Ibrahim Mohammed, Ekemejero Ohwovoriole, Oyetola Oshobi, Sulaiman Usman, Kehinde Ogunwumiju and Chiesonu Okpoko.
According to the apex court's Chief Registrar, Mrs. Mustapha who doubles as Secretary of the LLPC, whereas four of the newly appointed SANs emerged from the academia, only one woman made the cut.
Source: Naija News