The Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee (LPPC) yesterday announced the names of 32 lawyers as the beneficiaries for the 2010 and 2011 Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN) award for legal practitioners who have distinguished themselves in the legal profession.
The list comprised lawyers of the 2010 and 2011 batches for the award including two women and three academics.
A statement signed by the chief registrar of the Supreme Court and secretary of the LPPC, Mr. Sunday Olorundahunsi and made available to journalists yesterday, said the recipients from the two batches would be sworn-in on the same date.
Olorundahunsi added that those from the 2010 batch would be sworn in first on a date which would soon be made public.
He added that with the merger of the 2010 and 2011 batches, the next exercise would take place in 2012.
The beneficiaries of the 2010 batch are Pat Onegbedan; Isaac Nwazue Ijioma, director/head of civil litigation in the Federal Ministry of Justice, Agatha Obiozo Mbamali; Chief Dan Ose Okoh; Kenneth Ekene Mozia; Yahaya Mahmood and Ferdinand Oshioke Orbih, brother of Edo State PDP chairman, Chief Dan Orbih.
Others are Olanrewaju Ayodele Ogunlesi; Anthonia Titilola Akinlawon; Oluwemimo Adepoju Revell Ogunde; Prof. Imran Oluwole Smith (academic); Ikechukwu Ezechukwu; Okechukwu Amechi; Nnadi Jude Ositadinma and outspoken lawyer Abiodun Jelili Owonikoko.
The beneficiaries of the 2011 batch are Faye Dikio; Garba Shamtu Pwul; Granville Isetima Abibo; Samuel Tomi Ologunorisa; Hassan Muhammad Liman; Babatunde Adekunle Aiku; Dr. Peter Akper (academic) and Adesegun Muhammad Ajibola.
Yakubu Chonoko Maikyau; Okon Nkanu Efut; David Oghenovo Ezaga; James Uko Kalu Igwe (academic); Norrison Ibinabo Quakers; Jibrin Samuel Okutepa and Solomon Eyibio Umoh are also beneficiaries.
Recall that controversy arose over the SAN award exercise, as the Nigerian Bar Association is challenging the list of 62 lawyers who were shortlisted for promotion to the rank, before Justice Gabriel Kolawole of a Federal High Court in Abuja.
The chief justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloysius Katsina-Alu and the attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke (SAN) were also listed as co-defendants in the suit.