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CJN Inaugurates 58 New SANs

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The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, has inaugurated the 57 legal practitioners and one from the academic elevated to the prestigious rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria by the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee (LPPC).

Performing the swearing-in on Monday, Justice Ariwoola said the new SANs have “automatically become members of the Inner Bar and Apostles of the Temple of Justice.

“You have laboured so hard for it, so you deserve every privilege, honour and pride that comes with the rank.

“The LPPC deserves enough commendation for endorsing the elevation of these eminent 58 Legal Practitioners who have, from all indications, show-cased unassailable professionalism and excellence in legal practice.

“As Senior Advocates of Nigeria, you now carry a heavy burden on your shoulders. From the moment you leave this Courtroom, everything in you and about you will now be freely scrutinised and dissected by everyone who comes in contact with you.

“There is nothing like private life for you henceforth, as whatever you hitherto regarded as private life will now be treated as public life by members of the public; and there is nothing you can do about it.

“So, watch your utterances, watch your actions and watch the kind of company you keep because you have already assumed the role of Ministers of the Court, as you are now expected to assist the Court to attain justice, equity and fairness in all ramifications.

“You must display enormous integrity, self-discipline and a high standard of advocacy as custodians of justice.

“The privilege you are conferred with today does not, in any way, make you superhuman because humility and self-control still remain the essential tools to engage in wrestling the foibles of life.

“I am using this very important occasion to tell you all that this is the most auspicious time to make your presence regular and significant in the court.”

The CJN noted that after attaining the rank, some Senior Advocates would instantly become mere casual visitors to courtrooms, as they now see themselves to be too big to appear in court.

Among those sworn in as Senior Advocate of Nigeria are the Director, Legal and Prosecution, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Aaron Chileokwu Okoroma (Esq); a constitutional lawyer Olukayode Ajulo, and Mrs Funmi, wife of Femi Falana (SAN).

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