- Not less than 137 lawyers have been shortlisted for conferment with the rank of SAN
- Among the candidates is the chairman of ICPC Professor Bolaji Owasanoye
- The shortlisted candidates emerged following the filtration stages and academic pre-qualification exercise
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Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, the chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offence Commission (ICPC) has been shortlisted for conferment with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
The executive secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Anthony Ojukwu, is also one of the 137 lawyers shortlisted for the rank.
According to The Nation, Hajo Sarki, the acting chief registrar of the Supreme Court and secretary of the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee (LPPC), disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, September 23.
Sarki said the 137 short-listed candidates emerged at the end of the advocate filtration stages and academic pre-qualification exercise.
A breakdown of the successful candidates showed that not less than 116 are practising lawyers while the rest are from academia.
The acting chief registrar of the Supreme Court noted that the public is at liberty to comment on the integrity of the candidates.
He noted that anyone who has a complaint should present 20 copies to the LPPC with a verifying affidavit not later than 4pm on Tuesday, October 13.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that some Nigerian lawyers have started signing a petition to strip Abubakar Malami, Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), of the rank of SAN.
The petition follows the amendments the AGF made to the rules of professional conduct for legal practitioners (RPC), 2007.
The petition was filed by one Izu Aniagu on www.change.org, where he accused Malami of taking the decision alone.
The Nigerian Bar Association had also kicked against the amendments, saying Malami did not follow due process. Since his assumption of office, the AGF has been fingered in various controversial issues.
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