The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, on Wednesday, swore in 72 legal practitioners who were recently elevated to the rank of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN).
The ceremony took place at the main courtroom of the Supreme Court in Abuja. Out of the 159 senior lawyers that applied for the rank during the year, only 72 made it to the list, of which 10 were academic appointees and 62 advocate appointees
The ceremony marked the commencement of a new legal year for the apex court.
What the CJN said
While administering the oath of office to the new SANs, the CJN admonished them to forge ahead with the right mindset and disposition to attain more impactful results.
He said the Supreme Court; and by extension, the Nigerian Judiciary, has fared well in the outgone legal year even though the horizon was literally roughened by overwhelming challenges.
He said “As this new legal year unfolds, we will like to assure you that we are determined to work assiduously to evolve a judiciary that will remarkably be the pride of Nigerians, home and abroad.
The CJN said, “I must say with pride and exhilaration that during the outgone year, we experienced so many positive heartwarming in the Nigerian judiciary. For the first time in the history of the Supreme Court, we swore in eight honourable justices to fill the positions vacated by our esteemed colleagues who retired as well as enlarging the profile of our judicial strength by increasing the number of justices to an all-time high number of 20. That indeed was first of its kind in our history.”
Abubakar Malami, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, while speaking at the ceremony said the judiciary has continued to complement other arms of government despite the challenges by COVID-19, insecurity and dwindling economy, saying the judiciary has helped in the preservation of the country’s hard-earned democracy.
Mr Malami said, “I want to state categorically that the LPPC has done a good job by putting forward deserving and qualifying lawyers, saying they must ensure that due process is followed in subsequent selection.”
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Nairametrics reported in October that the Legal Practitioner’s Privilege Committee (LPPC), elevated 72 legal practitioners in Nigeria for conferment of the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) to be sworn in by
Nairametrics also reported that the CJN on October 26, swore in Justice Husseini Baba-Yusuf as the substantive Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court.