CJN steps down as Chairman Body of Benchers, Sofola takes over

// News | General | CJN steps down as Chairman Body of Benchers, Sofola takes over
Email to a friend Plain text Print version // Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font

By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJA —  Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Dahiru Musdapher, yesterday, relinquished his position as Chairman of the Nigerian Body of Benchers, even as Chief Idowu Sofola, SAN, has been elected to succeed him and pilot the affairs of the body for the next one year.

Statutorily, the Body of Benchers is the highest judicial organ with the responsibility of regulating legal practice in the country as well as admitting any person who wants to become a legal practitioner into the Nigerian Bar.

Meantime, a female Justice of the Supreme Court who is the likely successor to the CJN, Justice Aloma Mariam Mukhtar, was yesterday elected as Vice-Chairman of the legal body.

The election which took place at the Supreme Court was chaired by the CJN and supervised by National President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Chief Joseph Daudu (SAN) and Mr Okey Wali (SAN).

In his acceptance speech, Sofola, who is the first African to be elected as Secretary General of the International Bar Association (IBA), expressed gratitude to former NBA President, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, who he said “kept renewing my membership until I became a Life Bencher.”

Canvassing support from members of the body, Sofola said: “The need for the significant review of the legal profession and all its institutions is imperative.”

He said it was to this end that the Elder’s Committee was inaugurated to review the functions of all legal institutions, regretting that since its creation, the committee is yet to assert its authority.

The new Body of Benchers chairman further emphasized the need to strengthen the powers of the Legal Practitioner Disciplinary Committee (LSDPC).

He said: “The LSDPC should be extended so that the committee will be able to cope with the volume of petitions it gets. At the moment, the Disciplinary Committee appears limited to abuse of professional ethics. What of cases of lawyers guilty of corruption in politics? Shouldn’t we look for a way to address this? If we successfully do self-cleansing, I mean lawyers in practice, what of lawyers that are not in practice? If their excesses are not checked, it could affect the integrity of the legal profession.

“The legal profession must lead the way in societal re-engineering. We, as the conscience of the Bar, must not fail in this onerous task. We need to find sterner penalties for erring members of the profession who are guilty of infamous conduct.

“We must hold all members of the profession to a strict moral code so that the legal profession will retain its pride of place in the society.”

Comments are moderated. Please keep them clean and brief.

Tagged : No tags for this article

Headlines Newsview all

Father abandons his three children in boarding school for eight years

Three children abandoned in a boarding school in Abule-Iroko in the Ado-Odo Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State are longing to meet their parents ... Full story

University Students Storm Lagos Club To Strip Dance For Money

Cave night club could have passed for any other club but it is not like any other in Nigeria. It is a strip club where ... Full story

Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in prison for the manslaughter of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

There was almost complete silence in the courtroom as Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in jail for the manslaughter of his girlfriend Reeva ...

Popular Musician Feyisayo Mojisola Oyetade Dies On Child Naming Ceremony Day

A popular hip-hop singer has died on the naming day of her 8-day-old baby boy. The singer, Feyisayo Mojisola Oyetade, who is a popular singer in ... Full story

Husband Snatching Mess: Femi Anibaba's Wife Tells Ronke Odusanya She Can Have Her Husband

Folape Sokoya, wife of Femi Anibaba, the man Ronke Odusanya was accused to have snatched, has finally spoken on the issue and has also wished ...

Boko Haram divided over peace talks with the Federal Government

Following the ceasefire deal the Federal Government entered into with Boko Haram, the violent fundamentalist sect has split into two. While one faction wants peace, ...

Dilish Mattews - The Truth About My Affair With Edo State Governor

Pretty and sexy Dillish Mathews, became famous when she made it to the top and announced the winner of the 2013 edition of Big Brother ...

Stephen Keshi expected in Ethiopia for contract talks

Former Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, is expected in Ethiopia this week to finalise discussions with the country’s FA on the vacant national team job, ...

Boko Haram captures another town in Borno State

Suspected members of the terrorist sect, Boko Haram, have captured another Borno town, Abadam, after laying a massive siege to it. It was gathered from security ...

Over 3,000 Students Fail Bar Exam At Nigerian Law School

Apparently there was mass failure at the Nigerian Law School this year. The Nigerian Law School recently released the 2013/2014 August result, and it was ... Full story

Boko Haram Militants To Release 218 Chibok Girls Monday

There are strong indications that the 218 schoolgirls abducted six months ago in Chibok, Borno State, by the violent Boko Haram sect may be released ... Full story

Comment on: CJN steps down as Chairman Body of Benchers, Sofola takes over

Rate this article

0

Breaking News

Chika Ike, Manager Spend Lavishly In Dubai

Africa is a continent where the institution of marriage is held sacred, but recently, the fusion of the Western culture into the African way of ...

Nse Ikpe Ruins Hubby’s Philosophy

Nollywood actress, Nse Ikpe Etim, may have caused her husband, Clifford Sule to have a rethink about his philosophy about love.The actress, who became a ...

After Father's Burial, Beverly Osu Carry’s Live Python For a Living

Gone are the days when Nollywood makes use of fake instruments and other things to make movie look real. Thumbs up to the rapid development ...

Oritse Femi Lavishes N224 Million on Material Things Alone

‘Double Wahala’ crooner, Oritse Femi, is actually reaping the fruit of his labour as he has moved into his a newly acquired duplex valued at ...

Awards Have Exposed Me To Many Things—Tope Tadela

Nollywood actor, Temitope Christopher, popularly known as Tope Tedela was a relatively unknown face in Nollywood until he beat several established names in the industry ...

Man Declared Wanted For Dumping Kids In School For 8 Years In Ogun

A man identified as Mr Segun Adepegba, who was said to have absconded after dumping his three children at Solid Model College, a boarding school ...

Breaking: Oscar Pistorius To Spend 5 Years In Jail

South African sprint runner, Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius, who has been standing trial over the alleged murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, has been sentenced ...

Actress Gloria Johnson Involved in Fatal Auto Crash

gyh | 10/21/2014 11:18:30 AM [b]Mumu M. T N is in trouble dat wat I call them with this cheat code I av #5550 in my ...

Uche Jombo Adds Weight In New Pictures

Prolific Nollywood actress, Uche Jombo seems to have added more weight, according to latest photographs of hers on the internet.The talented actress attended a movie ...

Tiwa Savage Removes Wedding Ring

It has been observed by Nigeriafilms.com from a latest picture of Tiwa Savage posted by the singer on one of her social media pages that ...