The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has berated two new wigs for allegedly dressing improperly in their wigs and gowns.

A new wig, one Fatima Shehu, who simply identified herself as “Fatima” had tweeted @lipsdripping saying: “F.S Shehu Esq, Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.” She then uploaded some of her photos in wig and gown.

Apparently finding her dressing disagreeable, NBA responded @NigBarAssoc: “A barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria do (sic) not adorn the wig and gown in this manner, whatever the occasion may be.” The NBA went further to tag the link to the photos which it perceived as offensive.

NBA also took exception to a post by one “Onyii baby” who tweeted @jessica_evanzz: “O.E. EZENWOBI Esq. LL.B, B.L, AICMC, BARRISTER AND SOLICITOR OF THE SUPREME COURT OF NIGERIA.” Berating the new wig on her dress sense, NBA queried: “Do nurses now wear wig and gown?”

Conversely, the lawyers’ body retweeted photos of new wigs which it considered appropriate, congratulating them on the milestone.

CITY LAWYER recalls that NBA President, Mr. Yakubu Maikyau SAN had boycotted the Call to Bar ceremonies which held yesterday and today in protest against the call by NBA for Body of Benchers Chairman, Chief Wole Olanipekun SAN to recuse himself both from the chairmanship seat and from the Call to Bar ceremonies due to the controversial solicitation email sent to SAIPEM, an international oil firm by Ms. Adekunbi Ogunde, a partner in Olanipekun’s law firm.

Meanwhile, new wigs have since the ceremonies been splashing their professional photos on sundry social media platforms.

Setting of the social media frenzy, popular Big Brother Naija star, Jumoke Adedoyin (aka “JMK”) wrote on her Instagram page @ ms_jmk: “OFFICIALLY A BARRISTER AND SOLICITOR OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA. Z. J. ADEDOYIN ESQ. LL.B (Hons), B.L (Hons)

“Being called to the Bar has just proven to me that I can be anything; I can be JMK the reality tv star, JMK the CEO, and now JMK the BARRISTER! A multifaceted Esq, who sets her mind to anything and gets it done.

“It has proven to me that I can’t be tied down by people’s timeline and everything happens within God’s perfect plan. He perfected it as he always does and now I am certain I am only going to walk in the path he has created specially for me. I believe in myself, there are no limitations I have of myself in my mind, the possibilities of what I am and what I can be are endless.
Grateful for the endless love and support of my family through this journey.

“From now on I am going to tell everyone “excuse me? ESQ speaking” and when you see me all I wanna hear is “THE LAWWW!” ⚖️🤩🥳🥳🥳

* Jumoke Adedoyin, Esquire

While Stanislaus Azike, tweeting @azikesq, simply wrote, “I became a Lawyer today!” one Kofoworola, tweeting @Koko_Popsicle, wrote: “After 7 years of tests, trials, and tears. Let me Reintroduce myself! Kofoworola Elizabeth Sanya Esq. (LL.B, B.L, A.CiArb (UK), AICMC). Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. Super Proud of myself.”

On her part, one “MJ” who tweeted @mmesomammeje wrote: “It is so surreal and such a full circle moment that I would be called to the LARGEST BAR IN AFRICA after 8 long years! Introducing M.J MMEJE ESQ, Barrister and Solicitor of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, LL.B(Hons), B.L(Hons).”

Olanipekun had while admitting the new wigs to the Nigerian Bar said: “By the powers conferred on the BoB by Section 3(10) of the LPA, and by the powers conferred on me as the Chairman of the Body of Benchers by Regulation 16 of the Body of Benchers Regulations, 1983, I admit the 1491 students wherein present as Barristers and Solicitors of Supreme Court of Nigeria. You may put on your wigs.”

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