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.
Headlines Newsview all
Christ Embassy Church Issues Gets Hotter As Pastor Oyakhilome's Brother Rev. Ken, Impregnates His South African Mistress
The crisis rocking the Christ Embassy Church is about to get messier as The Nigerian Times claims that Rev. Ken Oyakhilome, younger brother of Pastor ... Full story
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome's Divorce Getting Messier: Christ Embassy Deletes All Anita Oyakhilome's Data From Website
Latest findings indicates that Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of the Christ Embassy has removed every information about his estranged wife, Anita from the church’s website. This is ... Full story
Wife of Enugu State governor, Mrs. Clara Chime, who, last year, quit the Governor’s Lodge, where she lived with Governor Sullivan Chime after she alleged ... Full story
Rate this article
- Billboard In India Mistakes Morgan Freeman For Nelson Mandela
- 7 And 10-Year-Old Michigan Boys Honored For Turning In A $100 Bill They Found In The Park
- Shaunie O’Neal Refutes Shaq’s Claim That He Didn’t Want Kids In Reality Show
One thing is clear; the respected Yoruba traditional ruler married these four women legitimately, by going to their individual family and paying the bribe price ...
Recently, there has been a serious war between Shan George and the London-based music promotion outfit of his son, Jaga, Babylynn Promotions, over the release ...
Do you have a story/gist for publication? Please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org abeylyncon | 9/1/2014 10:23:01 AM This is the 1st time am seeing Anty Tiwa in ...
This new video "Ejeajo" is nothing but testament to that fact. Raising the bar a bit higher this time around, PSquare went all out to ...
Last Friday, Former President Olusegun Obasanjo paid a condolence visit to former Oyo State governor, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, at his Ondo Street residence in Bodija, ...
The widely reported Boko Haram insurgency attack on Wednesday 20thAugust 2014 at a Nigerian Police training college in Gwoza, Borno State left few survivors. Omereji ...
Nollywood actor, Charles Awurum must have a strong fan base with the ladies more than the males. In a recent interview when he was asked ...
Yoruba actress and ex-wife of actor Saidi Balogun, Fathia Balogun Williams is now a proud owner of a beauty and wine shop named 'House of ...
Celebrity stylist, Toyin Lawani has called out women who do nothing but gossip, do senseless conversation, chain smoking, drink excessively and have friends who do ...
Nollywood actress, Stella Damasus, best known for her social media activism on the challenging issues facing the country, has relaxed her voice as she is ...