The Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee (LPPC) has elevated the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice of Ekiti State, Olawale Fapohunda, and the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Tony Ojukwu, and 70 other lawyers for conferment of the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
Hajo Bello, the acting Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, who doubles as the secretary of the committee, announced this in a statement on Thursday.
The SAN rank is awarded as a mark of “excellence to members of the legal profession have distinguished themselves as advocates and academics,” Ms Bello said in the statement.
The SANs-designate are made up 62 on the advocate category and 10 in the academic category.
They will be sworn in on December 8, 2021 by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad, at the Supreme Court to mark the commencement of the 2022 legal year of the apex court.
It would be recalled that the LPPC had earlier shortlisted 130 lawyers.
PREMIUM TIMES reports that the LPPC, a body chaired by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) and established to give the prestigious rank to deserving lawyers annually is domiciled at the Supreme Court.