The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, is set to swear in 58 new Senior Advocates of Nigeria on Monday, November 27, 2023, as part of the programs scheduled to formally inaugurate the 2023/2024 Legal Year of the apex court.
The Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee received a total of 114 applications for the prestigious rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2023. Following a rigorous screening process, the number was narrowed down to 69 applicants. Subsequently, the LPPC approved 58 candidates, comprising 57 advocates and one academic.
Among the accomplished individuals who attained this prestigious rank are notable figures such as human rights activist Olukayode Ajulo, Funmi Falana, Felix Offia, Lawrence Falade, Kingsley Obamogie, Folasade Alli, Abiola Isiaq Oyebanji, Bomo Agbebi, Daniel Uruakpa, Oseloka Osuigwe, and others.
The Director of Information at the Supreme Court, Dr. Festus Akande, highlighted in a statement on Sunday that the swearing-in ceremony will take place at the main courtroom of the Supreme Court.
Akande added: “In line with our age-long tradition, during the special court session, the Chief Justice of Nigeria will deliver a state-of-the-judiciary address to highlight the performance of the Supreme Court in particular, and the Nigerian judiciary in general, in the 2022/2023 Legal Year.
“In the same vein, other leading stakeholders in the justice sector will present speeches bordering on the state of the justice sector of the country. These include Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chairman of the Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria, and President of the Nigerian Bar Association, among others.”