Seven university professors were among 72 lawyers elevated to the prestigious rank of the Senior Advocates of Nigeria, SANs, on Thursday by the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee LPPC.
Their elevations were officially announced in Supreme Court by the acting Chief Registrar of the court who also doubles as the Secretary of the LPPC, Hajia Hajo Sarki-Bello.
The Professors are Bankole Akintoye Sodipo. Christian Chizundu Wigwe. Ajagbe Toriola Oyewo, Rasheed Jimoh Ijaodola, Oluyinka Osayame Omorogbe, Edoba Bright Omoregie and Abiola Olaitan Sanni.
Others are Dr Josephine Aladi Achor Agbonika, Dr Ibrahim Abdullahi and Dr Anthony Ojukwu Okechukwu who are from academic.
Sixty-five years were elevated from advocate and they include George Audu Anuga, Simon Asember Lough. Eko Ejembi Eko, Ayo Abraham Olorunfemi, Reuben Okpanachi Atabo, John Ogwu Adele, Shaibu Enejoh Aruwa, Eyitayo Ayokunle Fatogun and Jacob Johnson Usman.
Others are Tajudeen Olaseni Oladoja, Salman Jawando Ayinla Adeola Rasaq Omotunde, Mathew Gwar Bukka, Mohammed Ndayako, Hassan Usman El-Yakub, Ishaq Magaji Hussaini, Samuel Atung and Mohammed Abdulhamid.
Also on the list are Kabiru Aliyu, Mohammed Abdulaziz Sani, Uche Sunday Awa, Uchenna Chinyere Ihediwa, Philip Ndubuisi Umeh Peter Aguigom Afuba, Felix Anayo Onuzulike, Benjamin Chukwudi Uzuegbu and Benjamin Nworah Osaka.
The statement also listed Ikenna Okoli, Edwin Sunday Chukwujekwu Obiora, Emeka Jude-Philip Obegolu Clement Onwuenwunor Chijioke Ogugua Precious Emeka Anthony Obinna Mogboh and Victor Ugwuezumba Opara.
Other new appointees are Kamasuode Wodu Charles Udoka Ihua-Maduenyi, Sammie Abiye Somiari, Ogaga Ovrawah, Charles Dumbiri Mekwunye, Ikeazor Ajovi Akaraiwe Marcellous Eguvwe Oru, Mark Okebuinor Mordi, Ehiogie West-Idahosa, Fredricks Ebos Itula, Ibrahim Idris Agbomere and Anthony Ademuyiwa Adeniyi
LPPC also elevated Bolarinwa Olotu, Adekola Olawale Fapohunda, Adekunle Akanbi Ojo, Olaotan Olusegun Ajose-Adeogun, Rotimi Sheriff Seriki,, Olukayode Oluwole Adeluola, Adeyinka Moyosore Kotoye and Oluwasina Olanrewaju Ogungbade 65. Afolabi Fatai Kuti
The rest are Francis Omotosho, Ayodeji Adedipe, Adeleke Olaniyi Agbola, James Akingbola Akinola, Muritala Oladimeji Abdul-Rasheed, Dauda Adekola Mustapha and Kazeem Adekunle Gbadamosi.
The statement indicated that the elevated lawyers would be inaugurated on December 8 by the Chief Justice of Nigeria CJN Honourable Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad.