by Isi Esene
Twenty five lawyers out of the 71 interviewed by the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee have been awarded the title of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
Some of the successful lawyers are the erudite human right lawyer, Femi Falana and lawyer to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Rotimi Jacobs.
The committee saddled with the responsibility of doing the selection had last week released a statement which said, “The Committee invited the general public to comment on the competence and integrity of the shortlisted lawyers.
The elevation to Senior Advocates was endorsed at a committee meeting held today at the Supreme Court complex in Abuja, in accordance with the provisions of the Legal Practitioners’ Act 2004.
The other new SANs are Prof. Yemi Akinseye-George, a lecturer at the University of Ibadan, Prof. Dakas Clement James Dakas, Joy Okungbowa Adesina, Mrs. Connie – Jeanne Aremu, Mahmud Abubakar Magaji, Ogwu James Onoja, Garuba Usman Tetengi, Henry Oghogho Ogbodu, Selekeowei Larry, Abenny O. Mohammed and Charles Nwanne Obishai.
Others are Luke Chukwudi Illogu, Francis Chuka Agbo, Paul C. Ananaba, Akinlaja Dayo Moses, Ahmed Raji, Adekunle Theophilus Oyesanya, Rotimi Oluseyi Oguneso, Oluseye Samuel Opasanya, Aderoja Claudius Olumiyiwa, Aliyu Umar, Illo Katune Sanusi, Rotimi Jacobs and Ndukwe A. Nnawuchi.
Femi Falana was born on 20 May 1958 at Ilawe, Ekiti state, Nigeria. He had his primary education at St. Michael’s Primary School, Ilawe, between 1963 and 1968, his secondary education was at Sacred Heart Catholic Seminary between 1971 and 1975.
He studied law at the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University from 1977 to 1981. He was called to the bar a year later.
In 1991, he started his own Chambers, Femi Falana, which later became Falana and Falana Chambers, with his wife Funmi coming on board as a partner.
Falana is renowned for providing free legal services to the poor and disadvantaged and had suffered long spells in detention under Nigeria’s past military dictators.
He would be sworn in with others at a date yet to be announced.