25 new SANs emerge - Falana, Ezekhome missing from list
The Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee under the chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Idris Kutigi, on Thursday conferred the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) on 24 legal practitioners and an academic.
The names of the successful applicants were announced during a media briefing by the Supreme Court Chief Registrar and the committee’s secretary, Usman Alhaji Musale, in Abuja.
Two names conspicuously missing from the list of the successful applicants were those of Femi Falana and Mike Ezekhome. Musale explained that though the duo was shortlisted, they were dropped at the final stage, noting that the conferment of the silk was a privilege and not a right.
Musale said that a total of 126 legal practitioners and academics applied for the rank. According to him, “a total of 126 legal practitioners and academics applied for the rank, out of whom 19 were academicians and 117, advocates.
“After the filtration processes and the interview, 61 advocates were shortlisted for consideration with three academics.” He added that the committee applied considerations based on its discretionary power and 25 applicants came through including the immediate past General Secreatary of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Lawal Rabbana Adeyanju.
Other successful applicants included Charles Ajuyah, Adetokunbo Omorogie Okeaya-Inneh, Sagay Omatsoguwa Mogbeyi, Andrew Osaro Eghobamien, Oladipo Aigbedo Okpeseyi, Charles Adogah, Clement O.I. Okwusogu, Donald Chika Denwigwe, Ulasi Raleke Obiefuna, Njemanze Ken Chukwuma Ohir, Eze Duru-Iheoma, Kola Babalola, Karina Tunyan, Eyitayo Jegede, Babajide Olatokunbo Koku, Fagbohunlu John Babatunde and Daramola Lucas Olu.
The list also included Alhaji Olasunkanmi Alimi Sanusi, Lawal Mohammed Pedro, Olabisi Oluyemi Soyebo, Anthony Aondo-akaa Ijohor, Abubakar Malami and Suleiman Abdulkadir.