By Emmanuel Ajibulu-- The rank of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) swelled yesterday, (June 19, 2012) with the call to bar of 1,116 graduates from the Nigerian Law School. Atie Aritotuoma Sandra was among these lucky ones. The important ceremony took place at the Abuja International Conference Centre.
Speaking at the event, the Director General of the Nigerian Law School Dr. Tahir Mamman said two lawyers will be charged to court for attempting to write the bar finals examination for two re-sit students of the school. Mr Mamman, who disclosed this, said the examination took place from 5th to 9th May, 2012 and that two recently qualified lawyers attempted to impersonate two re-sit students in the examinations. He said: “they were caught and will soon be charged to court while the school is preparing to petition the disciplinary committee of the body of benchers for their debar.”He reiterated that such lawyers should not be allowed to associate with the legal profession.
Also at the event Chairman Body of Benchers, among other key stakeholders in the legal profession Chief Idowu Sofola, advised the new lawyers to eschew corruption in all its facets, even as he revealed that players in the judicial arm have adopted a multifaceted approach in dealing with the crisis currently rocking the judiciary. He maintained that, the Bar and the Bench must create a synergy with a view to upping the template of the dispensation of justice in Nigeria.
However Hon Joseph Iranola Akinlaja a serving federal lawmaker representing Ondo East/West Federal Constituency was among prominent Nigerians who felicitated with Atie Aritotuoma Sandra, a graduate of Madonna University, Okija in Anambra. According to Hon Akinlaja: ‘‘I say a big congratulation to these new Law graduates especially one of my darling daughters, Atie Aritotuoma Sandra as God counted her worthy today among these successful 1,116 Lawyers who graduated from Nigerian Law School. My prayer is that her joy and success will be boundless now and always in the mighty and precious name of Jesus.’’
Reacting to the quest for the amendment of the Legal Education Act, which is aimed at providing for appropriate and specific sanctions on proprietors who were in breach; Hon Akinlaja said the National Assembly will definitely look into it and ensure that the right thing is done in the interest of Nigerians and the legal profession.