Some Bar Leaders seem to have made good their threat to form a parallel lawyers’ association to assuage perceived wrongs within the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).
This comes against the backdrop of the re-emergence of erstwhile Lawyers Society of Nigeria (LSN), originally registered by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) on 28th December, 1994.
With leading insolvency practitioner, Mr. Kunle Ogunba SAN as President, the new association has former NBA General Secretary, Hon. Nimi Walson-Jack as Vice President and Abdulqadir Alhaji Sani as Secretary.
A key promoter of the new association had told CITY LAWYER about a fortnight ago that there was no going back on the move, noting that accountants and other professionals have multiple unions to choose from.
He vowed that while LSN would not antagonize NBA, “it will aggressively pitch its programmes with lawyers and vigorously canvass membership.”
Meanwhile, the new body has written to the Body of Benchers intimating the Benchers of its existence.
CITY LAWYER recalls that a similar move to break the NBA on the heels of the 2020 NBA Elections was doused by the Olumide Akpata Administration.
The NBA leadership is yet to respond to the re-emergence of the lawyers’ association at press time.
A copy of the letter made available to CITY LAWYER reads:
Monday, October 24, 2022
The Body of Benchers, Plot 688,
Institute & Research District FCC, Phase 111,
Federal Capital Territory,
Attention: Mr. Daniel Tela
(Secretary, Body of Benchers)
LAW SOCIETY OF NIGERIA: NOTICE OF EXISTENCE AND NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.
The pro tem National Executive Committee of the Law Society of Nigeria presents its compliments to the Chairman and distinguished members of the Body of Benchers as we write to formally notify our revered Body of Benchers of the existence of the Law Society of Nigeria, and its protem National Officers.
The Law Society of Nigeria (LSN) was founded and registered as a national organization of Lawyers admitted to practice law in Nigeria. The LSN, with membership, spread all over Nigeria, exists to empower the legal profession with quality member services (high standards of learning, competence, and professional conduct); facilitate access to justice; maintain and advance the cause of justice; and promote the rule of law, through advocacy and good governance. Please find attached a copy of the Certificate of Registration of the LSN by the Corporate Affairs Commission.
The following are protem National Officers of the Law Society of Nigeria:
a. Kunle Ogunba, SAN – President
b. Hon. Nimi Walson-Jack – Vice President
c. Abdulqadir Alhaji Sani – Secretary
d. Olasupo Ojo – Welfare Secretary
e. Chioma Ferguson – Treasurer
f. Douglas Ogbankwa – Publicity Secretary
g. Zara Umar Yakub – Financial Secretary
h. Alice Ogaku Awonugba – Assistant Secretary
i. Hassan Sherif – Assistant Publicity Secretary
As a Society of lawyers in Nigeria, called to the Nigerian Bar under the auspices of the Body of Benchers, the Law Society and its members are subject to the authority of the Body of Benchers and other regulatory organs as established by the Legal Practitioners Act. We commit ourselves to work with the Body of Benchers to ensure quality legal service delivery.
We would like to use this medium to express our appreciation and congratulate the Body of Benchers on the industry of the BOB and the remarkable progress you have made to strengthen the regulation of the Bar and the activities of our members. Of particular mention is the recent commissioning of the BOB Hall, which is a milestone in the history of both the BOB and the legal profession. In the same vein, the LSN heartily congratulates the Chairman of the Body of Benchers, Chief Oluwole Olanipekun, SAN, CFR as well as several other distinguished members of the Body of Benchers that were recently deservedly conferred with National Honours by his Excellency, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari GCFR.
May we also extend the warm felicitations of the LSN to this foremost august body whose advanced efforts at a harmonized Bill proposing reforms to the Legal Practitioners’ Act must be taken into cognizance and firmly applauded. It is on the verge of these uncommon and necessary reforms in our legal annals and the ageless egalitarian posture on freedom to lawfully associate, that the LSN also writes your distinguished body introducing herself.
We count on the Body of Benchers, as the sole statutory body responsible for the admission of persons to the legal profession in Nigeria, to provide a level playing field for all Lawyers in Nigeria, irrespective of the national organization we decide to operate in the exercise of our constitutional right to freely associate and assemble.
We use this opportunity to convey to Mr. Chairman and the distinguished members of the BOB, the warm assurances of our high consideration.
PP: LAW SOCIETY OF NIGERIA
Kunle Ogunba, SAN. Abdulqadir Alhaji Sani, Esq.
The Law Society of Nigeria (LSN) promises to up the ante , in matters that have been ignored in the Legal Profession in Nigeria , prominent of which are premium on Members’ Welfare and an open and transparent system in choosing leaders of the Legal Profession at the National Level , which have been indicated by the New Association of Lawyers , as the fulcrum of their activities.
Already Members of the Legal Profession in Nigeria have been following the twitter handle of the Law Society of Nigeria (LSN) , @ lawsocietyofnig, in a frenzy that indicates the general acceptance of the new Professional Association of Lawyers called to the Nigerian Bar , that will take the Legal Profession in Nigeria , to greater heights in the new mellieu of an ever changing world.
Statement Issued by:
Douglas Ogbankwa Esq.,
Publicity Secretary ,
Law Society of Nigeria (LSN),
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