A new professional association of lawyers in Nigeria has been established. The association known as the Law Society of Nigeria (LSN) is led by Mr. Kunle Ogunba, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).In a statement issued on Sunday by the National Publicity Secretary of the new association, Mr. Douglas Ogbankwa said LSN emerged in a bid to redefine the ideas of the founding fathers of the legal profession in Nigeria
Legal practitioners in Nigeria had been regulated solely under the umbrella of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) founded in 1933.
Mr. Ogbankwa who referred to the new association as a “new sheriff in town” described the legal profession in Nigeria as having a chequered history spanning from ”the sublime to the ridiculous”, and that “LSN was established to keep the legal practice in Nigeria in line with international best practices”
“In redefining the ideas of the founding fathers of the legal profession in Nigeria, the Law Society of Nigeria, a new professional association of lawyers called 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,” he said.
The new executives of LSN were listed 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 are Mr. Douglas Ogbankwa, Publicity Secretary; Mr. Zara Umar Yakubu, Financial Secretary; Mrs. Alice Ogaku Awonugba, Assistant Secretary; and Mr. Hassan Sheriff, Assistant Publicity Secretary.