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Jigawa Attorney General survives two petitions to be named SAN alongside 57 top lawyers

Jigawa Attorney General survives two petitions to be named SAN alongside 57 top lawyers

The Attorney General of Jigawa State, Dr Musa Adamu Aliyu, was named among the 58 top Nigerian lawyers conferred with the title of senior advocates in 2023.

But, he had to battle two petitions submitted against him to the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee (LPPC) by lawyers from his home state.

The LPPC, chaired by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Olukayode Ariwoola, released the full list of the new SAN-designates in a statement on Thursday.

The statement, signed by the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Hajo Sarki Bello, who doubles as the secretary to the LPPC, said the committee approved the list at its 159th plenary meeting held on Thursday.

According to the statement the LPPC considered “four different petitions written against some of the applicants and determined that each of the petition lacked merit and thus dismissed (them).”

Nigerian Sketch discovered that one Adamu Mukhtar, a lawyer and Nuhu Suleiman Tafida, also a lawyer, both from Jigawa State, submitted petitions to the LPPC, urging the committee to disregard the AG’s application for the conferment of SAN.

Further findings revealed that attempts by some well-meaning respected senior lawyers in Northern Nigeria to prevail upon the petitioners to withdraw their petitions fell on deaf ears.

Nigerian Sketch learnt that the Attorney General later filed his replies to the two petitions where he dealt with all the allegations against him in a manner that wrecked their merits.

Details of the contents of the petittions and the replies to them are still sketchy as of the time this story was published. Our reporters are however on the trail of the full gist.

SEE FULL PRESS RELEASE

LEGAL PRACTITIONERS’ PRIVILEGES COMMITTEE

SUPREME COURT OF NIGERIA

THREE ARMS ZONE, SUPREME COURT CO PLEX,

P.M.B. 308, ABUJA – NIGERIA

Ter. 09-2344762

12 October 2023.

PRESS RELEASE

The Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee (L C) under the Chairmanship of His Lordship, the Hon. Chief Jus ice of Nigeria, Honorable Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, GCON at its 159th Plenary session held today 12th October, 2023, has approved the elevation of 58 Legal Practitioners to the Inner Bar.

The rank of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) is awared as a mark of excellence to members of the legal profession who have distinguished themselves as advocates and academics.

The meeting further considered four (4) different petitions written against some of the applicants and determined that each of the petition lacked merit and thus dismissed.

The swearing—in ceremony of the 58 successful applicants are scheduled to take place on Monday the 27th day of November, 2023.

The new awardees for year 2023 exercise are:

ADVOCATE APPOINTEES IN ORDER OF SENIORITY AT THE BAR

  1. FELIX OTA OFFIA, ESQ
  2. LAWRENCE BANKOLE FALADE, ESQ
  3. KINGSLEY OSABUOHIEN OBAMOGIE, ESQ
  4. FOLASHADE ABOSEDE ALLI, ESQ
  5. ABIOLA ISIAQ OYEBANJI, ESQ

6 BOMO OLAKUNLE AGBEBI, ESQ

  1. DANIEL OSINACH URUAKPA , ESQ
  2. OSELOKA GODWIN OSUIGWE, ESQ
  3. BABATUNDE ADEOYE, ESQ
  4. BABASEYI SIGISMUND JOSEPH, ESQ
  5. EMMANUEL MOSES ENOIDEM, ESQ
  6. KEHINDE OLUFEMI AINA, ESQ
  7. NGOZI CHIDO OLEHI, ESQ
  8. AARON CHILEOKWU OKOROMA, ESQ
  9. IBRAHIM DALHATU ANGULU, ESQ
  10. OLAYIWOLA EMMANUEL AFOLABI, ESQ
  11. SULE SHU’AIBU, ESQ
  12. ABIODUN OLANREWAJU OLALERU, ESQ
  13. ALFRED OLUFEMI ATTEH, ESQ
  14. KAZEEM ADEKUNLE SOBALOJU, ESQ
  15. SHEHU WADA ABDULLAHI, ESQ
  16. BAMIDELE OLAWOYE IBIRONKE, ESQ
  17. OLUWASEYILAYO AKINKUNMI OJO, ESQ
  18. FUNMI FALANA, ESQ
  19. FELIX TAMARAUDENKEMEFA OKOROTIE,
  20. SEUN OLUWAGBENGAAJAYI, ESQ
  21. FRIDAY RAMSES AKU ONOJA, ESQ
  22. AGADA JOHN ELACHI, ESQ
  23. BOLA RASAQ GOLD, ESQ
  24. PAUL KASIMANWUNA MADUEMENE, ESQ
  25. RAFIU OYEYEMI BALOGUN, ESQ
  26. OLUWOLE ALADEDOYE, ESQ
  27. PAULYN OSOBHASE ABHULIMEN, ESQ
  28. JONATHAN GUNU TAIDI, ESQ
  29. TOCHUKWU JUDE ONYIUKE, ESQ
  30. OLUKAYODE ABRAHAM AJULO, ESQ
  31. CHRISTOPHER ADAPAR UMAR, ESQ
  32. CHIBUEZE OGECHI OGBONNA, ESQ
  33. YEMI ADEWALE M’SBAUDEEN ADESINA, ES
  34. OMOYEMI LATEEF AKANGBE, ESQ
  35. OLUMIDE AKINWALE OLUJINMI, ESQ.
  36. MUSAADAMU ALIYU, ESQ
  37. FIDELIS CHUKWUNONYE MBADUGHA ESQ
  38. ONYEMAECHI CHUKWUDI ADIUKWU, ESQ
  39. IKECHUKWU PHILIP ONUOMA, ESQ

46 YAKUBU PHILEMON ESQ

  1. JONNY UNGWUGWAYE AGIM ESQ
  2. ALIYU LEMU IBRAHIM ESQ
  3. ISAIAH BOZIMO ESQ
  4. PRISCA OZOILESIKE ESQ
  5. YAHAYA DAN’ASABE DANGANA ESQ
  6. ADEDAYO SAMUEL ADEDEJI ESQ
  7. ADEOLA OLUWASEUN ADEDIPE ESQ
  8. CHIKAOSOLU OJUKWU ESQ
  9. MUSA AHMED ATTAH ESQ
  10. AYOTUNDE FOLUSO OGUNLEYE ESQ
  11. OLAYEMI BADEWOLE ESQ

58 PROF BABATUNDE ADETUNJI ONI ESQ, (the lone successful academic applicant for the rank)

 

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