Coun­cil calls 80 year old, 2,258 oth­ers to bar

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ade­lanwa Bamg­boye

The Nige­rian Law School un­der the su­per­vi­sion of the Coun­cil for Le­gal Ed­u­ca­tion (CLE) yes­ter­day in Abuja called to bar, 2,259 new lawyers, among who were Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari’s daugh­ter, Alima Buhari and an 80-year old man, Enebeli Pius Chuka.

The new lawyers were called after suc­cess­fully com­plet­ing the April 2016 fi­nal bar ex­am­i­na­tions.

The wife of the pres­i­dent, Ha­jia Aisha Buhari and other dig­ni­taries were at the cer­e­mony held at the In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence Cen­tre (ICC), Abuja to for­mally con­firm the new lawyers as mem­bers of the Nige­rian Bar As­so­ci­a­tion (NBA).

The Direc­tor Gen­eral, Nige­rian Law School, Olan­re­waju Onadeko, said the 80 year-old man was the old­est ever pro­duced by the school.

He said the class­room so­lu­tion, a video con­fer­enc­ing plat­form link­ing all cam­puses of the Nige­rian Law School de­ployed by the Nige­rian Com­mis­sions Satel­lite Lim­ited (NICOMSAT) would soon be com­mis­sioned to en­able mem­bers of the bar and the bench in­ter­act with stu­dents from any cam­pus of the law school.

He said the vi­o­la­tion of ad­mis­sion quo­tas by some fac­ul­ties of Law had re­mained a ma­jor chal­lenge and re­it­er­ated the essence of strict ad­her­ence to al­lo­cated stu­dents pop­u­la­tion by Law fac­ul­ties, adding that fail­ure to keep to the num­bers im­pacts neg­a­tively on the qual­ity of prod­ucts.

He ad­vised par­ents and stu­dents will­ing to study Law over­seas to seek ad­vice from the Nige­rian Law School and Na­tional Uni­ver­si­ties Com­mis­sion be­fore pro­ceed­ing.

The Chair­man, Body of Benchers, Bamdele Aiku (SAN), re­minded the new lawyers that a lawyer is not only an of­fi­cer of the court, but holds a po­si­tion of trust and con­fi­dence among mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

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