22 lawyers were on Monday elevated to the prestigious rank of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN) by the Legal Practitioners Privilege Committee.
Secretary of the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee, who is also the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Ahmed Saleh, said the new senior advocates were picked at the committee’s 123rd meeting held on July 4 in Abuja.
Ahmed Saleh made the disclosure while briefing newsmen, adding that the new SANs were selected from a total of 131 applicants.
He said though 55 legal practitioners were shortlisted for interview, only 22 of them got the approval of the committee to move to the Inner Bar.
Whereas 19 of the successful candidates were drawn from the advocacy category, three of them are from the academic category. Saleh said the LPPC got application from four female lawyers, with only two of them approved for the rank.
The new SANs include the Director General of the Nigerian Law School, Olanrewaju Onadeko, and the Secretary of the 2014 National Conference, Valerie Azinge.
Other successful candidates are Nnamso Udo Ekanem, Prof. Mohammed Tabiu, Olufunke Abimbola Agbor, Olusola Oladimeji Ojutalayo, Richard Ayodele Akintunde, Oyesoji Gbolahan Oyeleke, James Njeze Ikeyi, Elisha Yakubu Kura and Adewunmi Ogunsanya.
Olatubosun Olanipekun, Kalu Ikwuonwu Umeh, Adewale Sunday Adesokan, Andrew Igboekwe, Fredson, Alexander Okoli, Olaseni Adio, Olasheni Ibiwoye, Abdulakeem Mustapha, Uba Ekpezu Ukweni, Edward Pwajok and Chukwu Omaka also made the list.
Ahmed Saleh said the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Mahmud Mohammed is expected to swear-in the new SANs on September 19.
Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) is a title that may be conferred on legal practitioners in Nigeria of not less than ten years’ standing and who have distinguished themselves in the legal profession.
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria is said to have been admitted to the “Inner Bar”, as distinguished from the “Outer”, or “Utter”, Bar, consisting of junior advocates.