62 new Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN) were sworn in on Monday in Abuja by Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola.
Mr. Mustapha Ibrahim, Mr. Ikani Kanu-Agabi, and attorneys for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Sylvanus Tahir and Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, were among the lawyers awarded the SAN rank.
The CJN urged the new SANs to assume their new positions with utmost responsibility because they called for high standards of performance.
According to CJN, a total number of applicants for 2022 Senior Advocate of Nigeria award is 174. Out of this number, 111 are advocates and 63 are academics.
“I will like to say that the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria comes with immense prestige, dignity and greater responsibilities as well.
“Traditionally, those conferred with the rank automatically become members of the Inner Bar and revered apostles of the temple of justice. It is an honour no conferee can afford to toy with.
“The Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee took time to screen and assess all the relevant documents submitted by the applicants before arriving at its decision. I can confidently affirm that the committee has done an excellent job.
“The number of applicants for 2022 Senior Advocate of Nigeria award is 174. Out of this number, 111 are advocates and 63 are academics.
“The total number of qualified applicants after the preliminary screening is 129; comprising of 73 legal practitioners and 56 academics respectively.
“After conducting the specified screening and filtration exercises, the LPPC came up with 62 successful candidates who, by all standards, can be regarded as eminently deserving of the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria,” he said.
Ariwoola congratulated the new silks, saying that their success did not come on a platter.
He urged them to display enormous integrity, discipline and impressive standard of advocacy as ministers in the temple of justice.
Also speaking at the ceremony, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, urged them to live up to their new status as it was one of the most sought-after titles within the legal profession.
“I wish to reiterate that the conferment of the revered rank of SAN is not only a recognition of your outstanding achievements within your various fields.
“It is indeed, a call to service of our nation.
“As senior members of the Bar we must look beyond personal advancements and strive to ensure that justice is not only done but seen to be done,” Malami said.