Your SAN title can be withdrawn if abused | CJN tells Osinbajo, Keyamo, others

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen has sworn-in 29 new Senior Advocates of Nigeria.

The new SANs were sworn-in at the Special Court of the Supreme Court in Abuja on Monday.

Why it matters:

The inauguration of the new SANs is part of the proceedings of a special court session marking the commencement of the new 2017/2018 legal year of the Supreme Court.

Advice to the new SANs:

The CJN asked the Senior Advocates of Nigeria not to abuse their position, which could be withdrawn.

He said, “I must remind you that being a privilege, it can, and shall be withdrawn if abused.
“The privilege you are conferred with today is not intended as a weapon of intimidation or licence for rudeness and arrogance.
“It is an appointment that places both moral and professional duties on you, for which you have been found worthy to bear and discharge.
“As members of the Inner Bar, you now occupy positions of trust and great responsibility.
“Expectedly, you must imbibe every virtue of excellence, integrity, and diligence at all times.  You must also remember your duties to the Courts as custodians of justice.”
The appointees:
They include Lagos lawyer, Mr. Festus Keyamo, Chief Olusola Oke, a brother to the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, Akinlolu Osinbajo, who is a former Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice in Ogun State; a former Director-General of the Nigerian Copyright Commission, Prof. Adebambo Adewepo, and the Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Prof. Adedeji Adekunle.
They also included Chibuike Nwokeukwu, Johnnie Egwuonwu, Bert Igwilo, Sylvester Enema, Ikenna Egbuna and Wilcox Aberton.
Others included, Michael Alliyu, Francis Egele, Nasser Dangiri, Emeka Okpoko, Sani Garun-Gabbas, Abdul Ibrahim, John Odubela, Gboyega Oyewole and Joshua Musa.
They also included Ibrahim Mohammed, Ekemejero Ohwovorile,Oyetola Oshobi, Sulaiman Usman, Kehinde Ogunwumiju, Chiesonu Okpoko and Kamaldeen Ajibade.
The rest are Professors Enefiok Essien, and Sadiq Shikyl.

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