A total of 137 candidates have been shortlisted for the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), POLITICS NIGERIA has learned.
In a statement on Wednesday, Hajo Sarki, Secretary of the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee, said the shortlisted candidates consist of 116 practising lawyers, and 21 academic applicants.
Sarki noted the candidates are Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Bolaji Owasanoye, and Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Anthony Ojukwu.
He said other lawyers who made the list are Peter Mrakpo, Attorney-General of Delta state; Afam Osigwe, former National Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA); Remi Olatubora, former Attorney-General of Ondo state; Oyelowo Oyewo, Oyo State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice; Babatunde Ogala, a former lawmaker.
He said the candidates are those who qualified after the advocate filtration stage and the academic pre-qualification exercise.
Sarki added that the shortlisted candidates were “graded under the category system of the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee Guidelines, 2018”.
He added that while 116 are practising lawyers, the other 21 are academic applicants. Sarki said the public is at liberty to comment on the integrity, reputation, and competence of the candidates.
Sarki, however, said any complaint (s) presented to the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee must be accompanied by a verifying affidavit deposed to before a Court of Record in Nigeria.
“However, any complaint(s) presented to the legal practitioners’ privileges committee must be accompanied with a verifying affidavit deposed to before a court of record in Nigeria,” he said.
“In relation to paragraph 12(2) of the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee Guidelines, 2018, twenty (20) copies of such comments must reach the LPPC office “not later than 4pm on Tuesday, October 13, 2020.”