By Onome Oghenetega
A popular Warri-based lawyer, Barr Ama Etuwewe, the Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Justice, Justice Adedayo Apata and 36 others have bagged the prestigious rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
Etuwewe is the principal lawyer at Ama Etuwewe & Co along Gbiaye Street off third Marine Gate in Warri, Delta State.
Their elevation was announced on Friday by Chief Registrar of Supreme Court and Legal Practitioners’ Committee, Hadizatu Mustapha.
The list also has the name of a popular television legal analyst and Lagos lawyer, Mr. Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa.
Mustapha, while briefing journalists at a press conference in Abuja, said the total of 38 lawyers was elevated by the LPPC at the committee’s 138th plenary session held on Thursday.
She said 117 applicants were selected for consideration for the rank of which only 38 of them were successful.
The successful candidates would be sworn in at the ceremony marking the upcoming new 2019/2020 legal year of the apex court which will hold in September.
Others are Mrs. Adedoyin Rhodes-Vivour, who is the wife of a Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour; , Abdullahi Haruna, Manga Nuruddeen, John Asoluka, Adedokun Makinde, Daniel Enwelum, Emmanuel Oyebanji, Tuduru Ede, Abdul Ajana and Oladipo Olasope.
The rest include Leslie Olutayo Nylander, Olusegun Fowowe, Andrew Hutton, Olukayode Enitan, Paul Ogbole, Olaniyi Olopade, Samuel Agweh, Olusegun Jolaawo, Prof. Alphonsus Alubo, Ayo Asala, Abiodun Olatunji, Olumide Aju, Chimezie Ihekweazu, Prof. Mamman Lawan, Prof. Uchefula Chukwumaeze, Usman Sule, Safiya Badamasi, Echezona Etiaba, Godwin Omoaka, Emeka Ozoani, Alexander Ejesieme, Jephthah Njikonye, Aikhunegbe Malik, Alhassan Umar and Oyetola Muyiwa.
According to Mustapha, “The rank (SAN), is awarded as a mark of excellence to members of the legal profession who have distinguished themselves as advocates and academics.
“The swearing-in ceremony of the 38 legal practitioners will take place during the 2019/2020 new legal year of the Supreme Court scheduled for September 2019.”
Four of the 117 applicants were female, among whom two were successful from the list.
Three of 38 elevated lawyers are drawn from academics category while the rest of them are of advocacy.