Nigerian lawyers establish another professional body


A new association for legal practitioners in Nigeria, known as, Law Society of Nigeria (LSN) has been established.
The Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), founded in 1933, had been the only professional body regulating  legal practitioners in Nigeria.
The new association, according to reports by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), is led by Kunle Ogunba, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
The report said, the new association was announced in a statement on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Douglas Ogbankwa.
Ogbankwa who described the LSN as the “new sheriff in town”, said it was established in a bid to redefine the ideas of the founding fathers of the legal profession.
He said the legal profession in Nigeria has  a chequered history, spanning from “the sublime to the ridiculous”.
The statement said, “In redefining the ideas of the founding fathers of the legal profession in Nigeria, the LSN, a new professional association of lawyers, called to the Nigerian Bar, has been established.
“This is in keeping with international best practices, which allow for an alternative to ensure that lawyers thrive within the realm of those they have shared values with”.
Ogbankwa, said the pro tem National Executive Committee of the LSN had notified the Body of Benchers of the existence of the association and its national officers.
He said, “the LSN, with membership spread all over Nigeria, exists to empower the legal profession with quality member services, facilitate access to justice, maintain and advance the cause of justice, and promote the rule of law through advocacy and good governance.”
He listed the executives of the LSN as follows: Ogunba (SAN), President: Mr. Nimi Walson-Jack, Vice President; Mr Abdulqadir Alhaji Sani, Secretary; Mr. Olasupo Ojo, Welfare Secretary; and Mrs. Chioma Ferguson, Treasurer.
Other executive members, according to him, include,  Mr. Douglas Ogbankwa, Publicity Secretary, Mr. Zara Umar Yakubu, Financial Secretary, Mrs. Alice Ogaku Awonugba, Assistant Secretary and. Mr Hassan Sheriff, Assistant Publicity Secretary.
“It is on the verge of 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,” he stated.


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