Tanko Ashang, Ikani Agabi, And Etukwu Onah Among Legal Practitioners Conferred With Rank Of SAN

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By Jonathan Ugbal

Three Cross Riverians were among dozens of legal practitioners who were sworn in as Senior Advocates of Nigeria, SAN on Monday in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory after the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee, LPPC, approved their elevations.

The State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Tanko Ashang Esq. Etukwu Onah Esq. and Ikani Agabi Esq. were listed as numbers 33, 36, and 44 respectively in the order of seniority for advocate appointees in the list contained in a statement by the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court and Secretary of the LPPC, Hajo Sarki Bello announced in September this year.

For the 2022 legal year, 62 people were elevated – 53 are advocate appointees and 9 are from academia.

The three from Cross River all hail from the Northern part of the State.

Mr. Ashang who served in the Federal Ministry of Justice before he was appointed Commissioner for Justice, hails from Obanliku Local Government Area. He is the son of the immediate past Paramount Ruler.

Mr. Onah who has been in private practice hails from Igede in Yala Local Government Area.

Mr. Agabi hails from Bekwarra Local Government Area and is the son of Nigeria’s former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Kanu Agabi, SAN.

Mr. Bello’s statement explained that; “The rank of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria is awarded as a mark of excellence to members of the legal profession who have distinguished themselves as advocates and academics.”

The decision to elevate the legal practitioners was reached at the 154th plenary session which was held “under the chairmanship of His Lordship, Honorable Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria,” the statement read.

The LPPC approved new guidelines for the conferment of the rank of SAN and all matters about the rank to guide future exercises.

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