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The Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practice and other related offences Commission, Prof Bolaji Owasanoye, and two former secretaries of the Nigerian Bar Association, Isiaka Olagunju and Afam Osigwe, are among 72 people named as successful applicants for the rank of the Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

This list was made available on Friday by the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee.

They will be sworn in on December 14, according to the Director of Press and Information of the Supreme Court, Dr Festus Akande.

The list comprising 62 advocates and 10 in the academics category was signed on behalf of the LPPC secretary by Akande.

It also contained the name of a lawyer in the Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr Tijjani Gazali; a former National Legal Adviser of the All Progressives Congress, Babatunde Ogala; a former Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, Prof Oyelowo Oyewo (academics).

The statement by Akande said the LPPC elevated the successful candidates at its 143rd meeting held on Friday.

It read in part, “The Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee at its 143rd plenary session held today November 13, 2020, has elevated seventy-two legal Practitioners’ to the inner bar.

“The rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria is awarded as a mark of excellence to members of the legal profession who have distinguished themselves as advocates and academics.

“The swearing in of the 72 legal practitioners is scheduled for Monday, December 14, 2020.”

Elevating as much as 72 lawyers to the rank of SAN in one batch is record-breaking.

The closest to it was when 38 lawyers were conferred with the rank in 2019.

In 2018, only 31 lawyers were elevated.         Fewer lawyers were picked in 2017 as only 30 were elevated.

In 2016, number of lawyers elevated was 22. The 2020 list was drawn from an initial shortlist of 137 names.

The other successful candidates on the academics list for 2020 are Terruka Douglas Pepe, Aliyu Omeza Saiki, Jacob Enunwe Ochidi, Abdulwahab Mohammed, Moses Alfred Ebute, Taiye Abimbola Oladipo, Mumuni Adebimpe Jimoh, Muhammadu Katu Sani Ndanusa, Mohammed Mohammed Ndarani, Gideon Musa Kuttu, Abdullahi Yahaya, Mella Audu Nungh, Yusuf Nya Akirikwen, and Yakubu Abdullahi Hussaini-Ruba.

The rest are Nasiru Adamu Aliyu, Abdul Mohammed,Hussaini Zakariyau, Uwadiogbu Sonny Ajala, Ukachi Fredrick Onuobia, Joseph Nnabuezeh Mbadugha, Chukwudi Chudi Obieze, Ejike Chukwugekwu Ezenwa, Chukwuka Nwabueze Ikwuazom, Lotanna Chuka Okoli, Tochukwu Dominic Maduka, Chukwuemeka Obiajuru Nwagu, Henry Okechukwu Akunebu, Uwemedimo Thomas Nwoko, Boma Florence A. Alabi(Mrs), Efefiom Otu Efiom Ekong, and Lawrence Fubara Anga.

Others on the academics list are, Prof Afeisimi Dominic Badaiki, Prof Erugo Sampson, Prof Sani Mohammad Adam, Prof Zacheus Adangor, Prof Festus Oghenemaro Emiri, Prof Joseph Efeyemineni Abugu, Prof Sunday Damilola Sunday, and Dr Omoh-Eboh Omgbai Ikheowa.

Others are Robert Egwuno Emukpoeruo, Peter Adogbejire Mrakpor, Richard Oma Ahonaruogho, Jean Chiazor Anishere (Ms), Uzoma Henry Azikiwe, Osayaba Omorodion Giwa, Yusuf Asamah Kadiri, Babalola George Olatunde, Taiwo Johnson Kupolati, Obafemi Anthony Adewale, Adedapo Osariuyime Tunde-Olowu, Fatai-Ajibola Dalley, Babatunde Kohn Kwame Ogala, Bashorun Oluwatoyin Ajoke (Ms), Olumide Folarin-David Ayeni, and Olusegun Johnson Fabunmi.

The rest are John Mofolorunsho Majiyagbe, Funmilayo Adunni Quadri, Akinola Olugbenga Akintoye,Dada Adekunle Awosika,Remi Peter Olatubora, Festus Kayode Idepefo, Rasheed Okiki Adegoke, Musibau Adetunbi, Mahmud Kola Adesina, Oladapo Akande Akinosun, Nureini Soladoye Jimoh, and Oluseun Mobolaji Abimbola.

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Ex-Senate President Pius Ayim dumps PDP for APC 

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Ex-Senate President Pius Ayim dumps PDP for APC 

 

Former Senate President, Anyim Pius Anyim, on Saturday formally joined the ruling All Progressive Congress(APC), dumping the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He announced this at the Pa Oruta Ngele Township Abakaliki during the Grand Finale of the APC local government election Campaign.

Ayim led a host of other notable personalities across other political parties including former state and National Assembly members, former governorship candidate of Labour Party, Edwin Nkwegu, Senator Obinna Ọgba, former national and state assembly candidates, with hundreds of their supporters to join the party.

The new members were received by APC National Chairman, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, Chairman of Progressive Governors Forum, Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State, Governor Francis Nwifuru of Ebonyi State and Minister of Works, David Umahi, state chairman of the party, Stanley Meghan, and other leaders of the party.

Speaking at the event, the Minister of Works, David Umahi, praised Anyim for all the support he gave to the APC during the 2023 elections.

He also thanked President Bola Tinubu for all the support given to him when he faced legal battles after joining the party.

He said, “President Tinubu called me to come and see him and when I came he carried me in his car personally to meet a Senior Advocate of Nigeria who handled our case.”

Minister Umahi noted that he faced serious attacks and conditions for deciding to join the APC but was grateful that today the party had become the beautiful bride of all in the state and southeast.

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SEC okays RT Briscoe’s N10bn fund raising plans

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SEC okays RT Briscoe’s N10bn fund raising plans

 

RT Briscoe Nigeria Plc has secured approval of the Securities and Exchange Commission to raise N10bn through a newly introduced savings and investments scheme.

Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of RT Briscoe Nigeria, Mr Seyi Onajide, disclosed this in Lagos during an interactive session with journalists.

He also spoke on the company’s commencing the conversion of petrol/diesel vehicles to run on compressed natural gas.

Onajide in a statement said the savings and investment scheme would allow the rich, semi-rich, and the poor to participate in the N10bn fund raising.

The scheme is open to both existing RT Briscoe’s 43,000 share holders and non-share holders.

Onajide said the investment would go to a trustee, already set up by SEC, who would keep the invested sum with interest until the trustee calls a meeting of all subscribers to decide if their money should be converted to Briscoe shares or not.

“The savings and investment initiative gives opportunities to all interested parties to grow funds either to buy Briscoe shares or not. There will be additional benefits for those who end up choosing to buy Briscoe shares,” he said.

He said RT Briscoe remained committed to meeting its debt repayment obligations to banks coming with interest and charges, but promised that the debt would be resolved before converting the savings into shares.

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Rear Admiral Madueke wants court to stop ex-wife Diezani from using his name

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Rear Admiral Madueke wants court to stop ex-wife Diezani from using his name

Rear Admiral Alison Amaechina Madueke has petitioned a Lagos High Court to issue an injunction preventing his ex-wife, Diezani Alison-Madueke, from using his first name (Alison) and surname (Madueke) following their divorce.

He has requested that the court order Diezani to revert to her maiden name, Diezani Kogbeni Agama, and to publicly announce this change in newspapers in both Nigeria and the United Kingdom.

The petition, filed under suit number LD/15144HD/2024, claims that Diezani’s continued use of his name poses significant legal and financial risks to him due to her ongoing criminal trials in Nigeria and the UK. Alison Madueke cited that they ceased cohabiting in May 2015 following her ministerial appointment.

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Diezani later filed for divorce in November 2021, which was finalized on April 13, 2022, by Hon. Justice A.A. Ozegya at the High Court of Nassarawa State, Mararaba Gurku Judicial Division.

The retired naval officer expressed that the ongoing association of Diezani with his name is causing embarrassment and damage to his reputation and public image.

Despite the legal dissolution of their marriage, Diezani continues to use his name without justification or consent, creating a false impression of an ongoing relationship.

Alison Madueke has also stated that he had instructed his solicitors, Messrs Foundation Chambers, to send a formal letter to Diezani on December 14, 2023, requesting her to cease using his name and revert to her maiden name.

The petition seeks to enforce this change formally and to ensure public notification of her name reversion.

Rear Admiral Madueke wants court to stop ex-wife Diezani from using his name

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