Funke Adekoya, SAN Nominated As BoB Vice Chair, as Olanipekun Bows Out as Benchers’ Chairman

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The former First Vice President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mrs. Funke Adekoya SAN, has been nominated by the Nigeria Bar Association National Executive Council (NBA-NEC) as the Vice Chairman of the Body of Benchers.

The NBA President, Mr. Yakubu Maikyau SAN, notified the Body of Benchers of the nomination in a letter, stating that Adekoya was the NBA’s first choice for the position of Vice Chairman.

This was contained in the letter dated 27th March, 2023 and addressed to the Secretary of the Body of Benchers, Maikyau wrote: “I am delighted to inform you that the National Executive Council of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA-NEC), at its meeting held on 23 March 2023, in Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State, unanimously approved the nomination of Mrs Funke Adekoya, SAN (Life Bencher) as the NBA representative for the position of Vice Chairman of the Body of Benchers upon the exit of the current Chairman, Chief Wole Olanipekun, OFR, CFR, SAN. A copy of the NBA-NEC resolution is attached for your reference.

“The nomination is in recognition of her impeccable record, exemplary conduct, and contributions to the development of the legal profession in Nigeria. NBA-NEC acknowledged the invaluable role she has played as a quintessential Bar leader who is always committed to raising the standard of legal practice and uniting the Bar. A copy of her Curriculum Vitae is attached.

“Kindly bring this nomination to the attention of the Chairman and members of the Body.”

Titled “NOMINATION OF MRS FUNKE ADEKOYA, SAN (LIFE BENCHER) AS NBA REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE POSITION OF VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE BODY OF BENCHERS,” the letter was copied to all BoB members. It was gathered that former NBA President, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba SAN was also endorsed as a reserve candidate for the position, even as Maikyau was mandated by NBA-NEC to nominate any other Bar Leader in the event that the two candidates are unavailable or not endorsed by the benchers.

A “send forth” dinner will be organized by the Body of Benchers in honour of Chief Olanipekun.