Appointment of Senior Members of The Bar as Justices of Appellate Courts – BOSAN to Engage CJN and other relevant Stakeholders

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The Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (BOSAN) has reiterated its resolved to continue to engage in wide consultations with all relevant stakeholders, for the consideration of the appointment of senior members of the Bar, including those in the academia, as Justices of the Appellate Courts.

The above is contained in a communique issued by the body after its meeting held on Saturday, 5th September 2020.

Read the full communique for other resolutions by the body

COMMUNIQUE OF VIRTUAL MEETING OF THE BODY OF SENIOR ADVOCATES OF NIGERIA  HELD ON SATURDAY,5 OE SEPTEMBER, 2020

The Body of  Senior Advocates  of  Nigeria  (BOSAN) at  its  meeting of  5″ September, 2020,  which  was  conducted  virtually,  with  about  129   members participating and presided over  by  Chief Folake Solanke, CON,  SAN the  first female Senior Advocate of Nigeria, resolved as follows:

  1. Directed its Committee on  the  review of  the  proposed Legal  Profession Regulatory Bill (initiated during the regime of A.B Mahmoud,  SAN), to liaise with  the  leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association   and  the  Body  of Benchers, to  harmonize   all views and suggestions on  the subject, in order to  present a unified draft  to  the  National Assembly, through the Nigerian Bar Association.

  2. Will continue   to    engage  in   wide   consultations  with all    relevant stakeholders, in particular, the  Hon. Chief Justice of  Nigeria,  the  Federal Judicial Service Commission and  the  National Judicial   Council, for  the consideration of the appointment of senior members  of the  Bar, including those in the academia, who meet the constitutionally prescribed criteria, as Justices of  the  Appellate Courts,   namely the  Court of  Appeal and the Supreme Court, in order to  broaden and enhance the work of both.

  3. Intends to publish and make available to  the  members of  the  Bar  and Bench before the end of  September 2020, a  Practice Journal, which is designed to  enhance the quality of  advocacy at  the  Bar  and   promote research and continuing legal education; other events earlier slated for this year have been deferred till next year, including the Annual Dinner, Annual Lecture and the BOSAN Scholarship  Scheme. The  postponement of these events is  as a  result of  the  corona virus  pandemic and the consequent need to  safeguard the health and  wellbeing  of all  concerned.  The holding of an Induction Programme for  new Senior Advocates is dependent on the decision of  the  Legal   Practitioners’ Privileges   Committee on  the  2020 selection.

  4. Considering   the  petition of  Deacon Dele Adesina SAN on  the  last NBA national  election and mindful of the report and decision of the  Board of Trustees of the NBA thereon, and guided by the inaugural  address  of the President of the NBA,  Mr. Olumide  Akpata, BOSAN:
  • Commended Deacon Adesina for  his decision to  accept the verdict of the Board of Trustees of the NBA, on the 2020 NBA elections  and not to contest the result of the said election  in Court .
  • Is determined to achieve the installation of a flawless   electoral system for  the  NBA and conscious of  the  need not to  take  a decision on the said elections without  the benefit  of  detailed  facts  based on  proper investigation and  the   experience   with  previous  elections,  further resolved  to set up a five-man Committee for the audit of the  2018 and 2020 NBA elections, in partnership with the  Nigerian Bar  Association, comprising the following members:­
  • Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama, SAN (Chairman);
  • Mr. Osaro Eghobamien,  SAN;
  • Chief Yomi Aliyu, SAN;
  • Prof Offornze Amucheazi, SAN;
  • Mr.  Ebun-Olu  Adegboruwa

5. BOSAN had earlier observed a minute silence in honour of  its  members who  had transited  to  glory  between  the  last  meeting  and  the  present meeting, namely

(i)  Dr. Koleade Abayomi SAN –  April 2,   2020

(ii) Alhaji Aliyu Umar SAN  –  April 17,  2020

(iii) Chief Richard Akinjide SAN – April  21,  2020

(iv)  Sir Alfred Eghobamien SAN – June 4,   2020

(v) Sir Adebonajo  Badejo SAN – June 5,   2020

(vi)  Mr.  Granville Isetima Abibo SAN – June 15,   2020

(vii) Chief (Mrs.) Phoebe Ajayi-Obe SAN – June 28, 2020

(viii) Alhaji  (Dr.) AbdulGaniyu  Folorunsho Abdul-Razaq  SAN – July 25,  2020

and extended its condolences to their families

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