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ICPC Chairman, 71 Other Lawyers Conferred With SAN [FULL LIST]




The chairman of the anti-graft agency, ICPC, Bolaji Owasanoye, was among 72 lawyers conferred with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) on Friday.

The Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee (LPPC) at its 143rd meeting held on Friday elevated the 72 lawyers to the Senior Advocate cadre, a statement signed by Festus Akande, on behalf of the committee secretary, said.

The committee had in September shortlisted a total of 137 candidates, both at advocate filtration stages and academic pre-qualification exercise, for the conferment of the coveted SAN rank.

The 72 successful candidates comprising 62 advocates and 10 in the academia, as against 30 in 2019, would be sworn in on December 14, the statement said.

The LPPC meets annually to promote lawyers to the highly-coveted rank which often confers special privileges on holders, including prioritized call of their cases.

“The rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria is awarded as a mark of excellence to members of the legal profession who have distinguished themselves as advocates and law academics,” Mr Akande said.

Hajo Sarki, the acting Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court and Secretary, LPPC, had earlier stated that “All qualified candidates shortlisted are graded under the category system of the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee Guidelines, 2018”.

She announced that the general public was at liberty to comment on the integrity, reputation and competence of the candidates, saying that any complaint (s) presented to the committee must be accompanied with a verifying affidavit deposed to before a Court of Record in Nigeria.

Apart from Mr Owasanoye, some of those named in Friday’s statement include two former General Secretaries of the Nigerian Bar Association, Isiaka Olagunju, and Afam Osigwe.

The statement also contained the name of a lawyer in the Federal Ministry of Justice, Tijjani Gazali; a former National Legal Adviser of the All Progressives Congress, Babatunde Ogala, and a former Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, Oyelowo Oyewo (academics).

See the full list of the 72 lawyers conferred with the title below.

1) Terkura Douglas Pepe, Esq

2) Aliyu Omeza Saiki, Esq

3) Jacob Enunwe Ochidi, Esq

4) Abdulwahab Mohammed, Esq

5) Moses Alfred Ebute, Esq

6) Taiye Abimbola Oladipo, Esq

7) Mumuni Adebimpe Jimoh, Esq

8) Muhammadu Katu Sani Ndanusa.

9) Mohammed Mohammed Ndarani, Esq

10) Gideon Musa Kuttu, Esq;

11) Abdullahi Yahaya

12) Tijanni Alkali Gazali, Esq

13) Mella Audu Nunghe

14) Yusuf Nya Akirikwen

15) Yakubu Abdullahi Hussaini-Ruba

16) Nasiru Adamu Aliyu, Esq

17) Abdul Mohammed, Esq

18) Hussaini Zakariyau

19) Uwadiogbu Sonny Ajala

20) Ukachi Fredrick Onuobia, Esq

21) Joseph Nnabuezeh Mbadugha, Esq

22) Chukwudi Chudi Obieze, Esq

23) Afam Josiah Osigwe

24) Ejike Chukwugekwu Ezenwa

25) Chukwuka Nwabueze Ikwuazom, Esq

26) Lotanna Chuka Okoli, Esq

27) Tochukwu Dominic Maduka

28) Chukwuemeka Obiajuru Nwagu

29) Henry Okechukwu Akunebu, Esq

30) Uwemedimo Thomas Nwoko, Esq

31) Boma Florence A. Alabi (Mrs)

32) Efefiom Otu Efiom Ekong

33) Lawrence Fubara Anga, Esq

34) Robert Egwuno Emukpoeruo, Esq

35) Peter Adogbejire Mrakpor, Esq

36) Richard Oma Ahonaruogho, Esq

37) Jean Chiazor Anishere (Ms)

38) Uzoma Henry Azikiwe

39) Osayaba Omorodion Giwa, Esq

40) Yusuf Asamah Kadiri, Esq

41) Babalola George Olatunde

42) Taiwo Johnson Kupolati, Esq

43) Obafemi Anthony Adewale, Esq

44) Adedapo Osariuyime Tunde-Olowu, Esq

45) Fatai-Ajibola Dalley, Esq

46) Babatunde Kohn Kwame Ogala, Esq

47) Bashorun Oluwatoyin Ajoke

48) MsOlumide Folarin-David Ayeni Esq

49) Olusegun Johnson Fabunmi, Esq

50) John Mofolorunsho Majiyagbe, Esq

51) Funmilayo Adunni Quadri

52) Akinola Olugbenga Akintoye

53) Dada Adekunle Awosika

54) Remi Peter Olatubora, Esq

55) Festus Kayode Idepefo, Esq

56) Rasheed Okiki Adegoke, Esq

57) Musibau Adetunbi, Esq

58) Mahmud Kola Adesina, ESQ

59) Isiaka Abiola Olagunju, Esq

60) Oladapo Akande Akinosun, Esq

61) Nureini Soladoye Jimoh, Esq

62) Oluseun Mobolaji Abimbola, Esq


1) Prof Afeisimi Dominic Badaiki

2) Prof Bolaji Olufumunmileyi Owasanoye

3) Prof Erugo Sampson

4) Prof Oyewo Edward Oyelowo

5) Prof Sani Mohammad Adam

6) Prof Zacheus Adangor

7) Prof Festus Oghenemaro Emiri

8) Prof Joseph Efeyemineni Abugu

9) Prof Sunday Damilola Sunday

10) Dr Omoh-Eboh Omgbai Ikheowa


Only God Can Give Victory Over Insecurity —– Femi Adesina




The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, says Nigerians who fail to commit the security situation into the hands of God could be guilty of indirectly prolonging the war against insurgency.

Adesina said this in an article on Thursday titled, ‘The Decent for the Indecent, the Just for the Unjust’.

The President’s aide noted that a short viral video showed a soldier and four others singing that victory is from God alone.

Adesina, however, said many Nigerians had failed to understand that only God gives victory.

He wrote, “But victory is from God alone. That is what we must realize as Nigerians. Do we ever pray for our troops in the frontlines? Do we remember those youths, our pride, and strength, faced by death daily, as we sleep in the comfort of our homes, ensconced in the tender bosom of our wives?

“As we pray; God give me money. Give me a car. Give me a promotion. Kill my enemies. Do it now. Do we ever remember our soldiers? Ere you left your room this morning, did you think to pray…did you pray for our soldiers? Victory comes from God alone. If you don’t pray, you may be guilty of prolonging the war in North-East, North-west, North-central, and all over Nigeria.”

The President’s spokesman said rather than understand the fact that only God can give victory, some Nigerians had become wailers.

“Yes, victory is from God alone. But do some people know? Does it ever enter into their consciousness? They only wail: ‘this insurgency war has lasted too long. The banditry has demystified our military. They are cowards. The top guns don’t even want the battle to end.

“They are making money in billions.’ Okay. Making money in billions and wasting our soldiers, our youths, our future, and hope, in their hundreds and thousands because of blood money. That is all some people see; permanent cynics and sceptics, who know nothing of altruism, and whose God is their belly. They think only of pecuniary gain, nothing else,” Adesina said.

He said as the nation marks this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day, Nigerians should seize the opportunity to pray for the military and encourage them and not run them down.


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JUST IN: Lagos Okays School Reopening January 18




The Lagos State Government has affirmed its earlier pronouncement that all public and private schools in Lagos State below tertiary level should resume on Monday, January 18, 2021, for the second term 2020/2021 academic session.

This affirmation was made today by the Honourable Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo while noting that this is in line with the Federal Government’s resolution after reaching a consensus with relevant stakeholders.

Details later…

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Drama As Pigeons Released By Buhari Refuse To Fly At Armed Forces Remembrance [VIDEO]




The doves, otherwise known as white pigeons, released by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), at the Armed Forces Remembrance Day ceremony, refused to fly despite multiple attempts by the President thereby sparking a debate on social media on Friday.

The President had opened the birdcage at the National Arcade, picked up one of the doves, and thrown it into the air but the bird landed atop the cage and refused to fly.

Buhari, who was eager to let the white pigeons fly, opened the roof of the cage in a bid to send them all out but the birds remained adamant and decided to sit on top of the cage’s roof.

The President, who appeared tired of trying, soon left the birds and returned to his seat. Moments after the President had left, however, some of the birds flew.

The ritual of releasing doves is to commemorate the life of a departed loved one and is common at significant events like funerals or memorials. It also signifies peace.

Studies show that domesticated doves that are used to living in cages are not always keen on flying.

The Vatican stopped the ritual in 2014 when Pope Francis released two birds that would not fly out of the window of the papal apartment and required several attempts to get the birds to fly out over a crowd of spectators.

A similar incident occurred just the year prior at an event where Pope Benedict XVI released doves during a Holocaust remembrance event. The doves were attacked by a gull, with one dove being singled out and injured, according to Wikipedia.

In 2014, the doves refused to fly when former President Goodluck Jonathan freed them. The Spiritual Director of the Adoration Ministry Enugu, Rev Fr. Ejike Mbaka, described the incident at the time as a sign that God had abandoned Jonathan.

The refusal of the birds to fly on Friday, however, sparked thousands of comments on social media.

A former presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, Adamu Garba, said the birds should be eaten if they cannot do what they were trained to do.

“The pigeons are tired and overtime became lazy, they don’t want to fly the spirit of The Nigerian Flag. We should roast them at Suya joint and deploy Crowwe for action,” he said.

Social media personality, Morris Monye, said the Department of State Services would have arrested the pigeons for embarrassing the President if they could.

“I guarantee you… If it was possible, the DSS would arrest the pigeons for such an affront on the President. But really, is there peace, harmony, and security in the land?” he asked.

A former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, who is a known critique of the President, also tweeted, “Hmmm. Even the pigeons in Nigeria.”


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