A member of the Body of Benchers, Ambassador Chief C. D. Orike has paid a courtesy visit to the pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Section on Public Interest and Development Law (NBA-SPIDEL), Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama, SAN at his Abuja office.

Orike, who was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1961, was at the office to felicitate with Gadzama on his 60th birthday anniversary. He is a pioneer member of the Body of Benchers. He was appointed as a Bencher in 1965 alongside 15 others, and is the only surviving pioneer member of the Body.

Orike was a member of the first parliament of 1964 alongside Nigeria’s Prime Minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa and late Chief Solomon Lar, former Governor of Plateau State. He was Nigeria’s Ambassador to Uganda, with concurrent accreditation to the republics of Rwanda and Burundi.

Gadzama thanked Orike for the visit, restated his respect to the senior life bencher and commended him for the long service he has rendered to the legal profession. He prayed that God will continue to sustain him with good health and strength.

Meanwhile, Mr. Izuchukwu Temilade Nwagbara has won the N1 Million prize at the hotly contested Gadzama Business Law Debate. The finals of the debate held yesterday. After a fierce competition, the Judges retreated for about 30 minutes to decide the winner.

Announcing the winners, the Presiding Judge, Mr. Kehinde Ogunwumiju SAN informed the audience that Mr. Usman Ibrahim Wali was the 2nd Runner-Up after edging Mr. Adeyemi Kehinde Ayeku in the third place debate.

On the grand finale between Mr. Izuchukwu Temilade Nwagbara and Mr. Ayodeji Ayodele Ayolola, Ogunwumiju stated that both participants did incredibly well. He then declared Nwagbara as the winner while Ayolola was the runner-up.

While Nwagbara took home N1,000,000, Ayolola won N500,000 and Wali received N250,000.

In his remarks, Gadzama appreciated the efforts of all the participants and thanked them for showing wit and skill at all stages of the debate. He also stated that he was proud of the participants and that the fourth placed contestant would also be specially recognised.

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