Nigeria Bar Association gets rival, Law Society of Nigeria
A new association has reared its head within the circle of legal practitioners in Nigeria.
The new association, which called itself the Law Society of Nigeria (LSN) is being led by Kunle Ogunba, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
By its emergence, if it endures, lawyers in Nigeria have been offered another professional association of lawyers different from the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA).
This was contained in a statement on Sunday by the national publicity secretary of the LSN, Douglas Ogbankwa.
Legal practitioners in Nigeria have so far been solely under the umbrella of the NBA, founded in 1933.
Ogbankwa said in the statement that the LSN emerged in a bid to redefine the ideas of the founding fathers of legal profession, referring to the LSN as a “new sheriff in town”.
He described the legal profession in Nigeria as having a chequered history spanning from “the sublime to the ridiculous.” He said: “In redefining the ideas of the founding fathers of the legal profession in Nigeria, the Law Society of Nigeria, a new professional association of lawyers called to the Nigerian Bar, has been established.
“This is in keeping with international best practices, which allow for an alternative to ensure that lawyers thrive within the realm of those they have shared values with.”
According to Ogbankwa, in a letter dated October 24, the pro-tem national executive committee of the LSN notified the Body of Benchers of the association’s existence and its national officers.
“The LSN, with membership spread all over Nigeria, exists to empower the legal profession with quality member services, facilitate access to justice, maintain and advance the cause of justice, and promote the rule of law through advocacy and good governance,” he stated.
He listed the executives of the LSN as follows: Ogunba (SAN), president: Mr Nimi Walson-Jack, vice president; Mr Abdulqadir Alhaji Sani, secretary; Mr Olasupo Ojo, welfare secretary; and Mrs Chioma Ferguson, treasurer.
Other executive members are Mr Douglas Ogbankwa, publicity secretary, Mr Zara Umar Yakubu, financial secretary; Mrs Alice Ogaku Awonugba, assistant secretary; and Mr Hassan Sheriff, assistant publicity secretary.
“It is on the verge of uncommon and necessary reforms in our legal annals and the ageless egalitarian posture on freedom to lawfully associate, that the LSN also writes your distinguished body, introducing herself,” he stated.
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