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91-year-old professor, 71 lawyers get SAN rank

By Ameh Ochojila, Abuja
22 October 2021   |   2:51 am
A 91-year-old Professor of Law, Ajagbe Toriola Oyewo, was yesterday, named among 72 lawyers who got the new Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) rank.

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A 91-year-old Professor of Law, Ajagbe Toriola Oyewo, was yesterday, named among 72 lawyers who got the new Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) rank.

The 91-year-old Oyewo, who is also a traditional chief in Ibadan, Oyo State, was among the 10 academics who were in the legal profession that was elevated to the prestigious rank.

In all, 72 senior lawyers were elevated to what is referred to in the legal profession as the ‘Silk.’

The 10 academics that were named the new Senior Advocates included Professors Bankole Akintoye Sodipo, Christian Chizundu Wigwe, Ajagbe Toriola Oyewo, Rasheed Jimoh Ijaodola, Oluyinka Osayame Omorogbe, Edoba Bright Omoregie, Abiola Olaitan Sanni, Dr Josephine Aladi Achor Agbonika and Dr Ibrahim Abdullahi.

The daughter of the new SAN, Mrs Adekitan Adeagbo, who first announced the elevation of her father on her Facebook wall yesterday evening, described her father’s elevation at the age of 91 as divine.

Mrs Adeagbo, who works as a broadcaster with the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS), said: “Daddy, no doubt, the Lord has been merciful unto you as He preserved you to get to the pinnacle of the profession you have been passionate about. Who says age is a barrier to success in life? This elevation is divine.

“Yours has proven to us that with determination, hard work, persistence and resilience, among others, the sky is just the beginning and not the limit for great successes. I am so proud of you and I promise I shall also make you proud in life.”

The Executive secretary of, National Human Rights Commission, Tony Ojukwu, former Vice President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ikeazor Akaraiwe also made the list. Ojukwu was shortlisted last year but did not make the list.

The 72 candidates emerged successfully from a total of 130 shortlisted for the award last month by the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee (LPPC). The committee had shortlisted 95 candidates from the category of Advocates and 35 from the academics.

However, after the screening and interview, only 62 emerged successfully from the Advocates category and 10 from the academics.

The successful candidates would be conferred with the rank on December 8, at the Supreme Court by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Muhammad.