The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, will on September 18, confer the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria on 30 lawyers.
A statement by the Director of Press and Information, Supreme Court, Dr. Festus Akande, on Tuesday, said the conferment of the SAN rank on the lawyers was part of the events lined up as part of the ceremony marking the commencement of the new 2017/2018 legal year.
The Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee had on July 6, announced Lagos lawyer, Mr. Festus Keyamo, among the 30 successful candidates to be awarded the prestigious rank for this year.
Twenty-nine others, including the Alliance for Democracy’s candidate in the last governorship election in Ondo State, and a former National Legal Adviser of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olusola Oke, was also among the successful candidates.
Also a brother to the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, Akinlolu Osinbajo, who is a former Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice in Ogun State; a former Director-General of the Nigerian Copyright Commission, Prof. Adebambo Adewepo, and the Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Prof. Adedeji Adekunle, were also on the list.
The only female among the successful applicants is Oluwatoyin Bashorun.
The full list of the successful applicants announced by the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court and the Secretary to the LPPC, Mrs. Hadiza Mustapha included, Chibuike Nwokeukwu, Johnnie Egwuonwu, Bert Igwilo, Sylvester Enema, Ikenna Egbuna and Wilcox Aberton.
Others include, Michael Alliyu, Akinlolu Osinbajo and Francis Egele, Olusola Oke, Nasser Dangiri, Oluwatoyin Bashorun, Emeka Okpoko, Sani Garun-Gabbas, Abdul Ibrahim, John Odubela, Gboyega Oyewole and Joshua Musa.
They also include, Ibrahim Mohammed, Festus Keyamo, Ekemejero Ohwovorile,Oyetola Oshobi, Sulaiman Usman, Kehinde Ogunwumiju, Chiesonu Okpoko and Kamaldeen Ajibade.
The successful candidates picked under the academic category are Professors Enefiok Essien, Sadiq Shikyl, Adebambo Adewepo, and Adedeji Adekunle.
Announcing the names on July 6, Mustapha said the successful candidates emerged after three days of final interview in which 72 shortlisted candidates participated.