There was jubilation in Bayelsa following the nomination of Barr. Kemasoude Wodu and Dr. Sylvanus Abila for the prestigious rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) by the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee, (LPPC).
The names of the duo were among 130 lawyers shortlisted by the LPPC for the award of SAN as disclosed by acting Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and Secretary of the LPPC, Mrs Hajo Bello.
She said the shortlisted candidates emerged from both the advocate filtration stages and academic pre-qualification exercise, “preparatory to the award of the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria for the year 2021″.
Specifically, she said the list comprises 95 lawyers in the advocate category and 35 in the academy category and was drawn after the first stage of the appointment process.
“The Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee by this notice makes an announcement on the shortlisted candidates that qualified after both the advocate filtration stages and academic pre-qualification exercise, preparatory to the award of the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria for the year 2021″, she said.
The final list of the successful ones among the shortlisted candidates will be announced in October.
The development sent lawyers in the state into ecstacy as they hailed the nomination of the two lawyers, saying it is an honour that is not only befitting of them but long overdue.
They said Wodu and Abila who were nominated in the advocate and academy category respectively have paid their dues and so deserve the rank of SAN, which will boost the image of the state in the legal community.
Wodu, a former chairman of the Eastern Bar Forum, also served as Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in the last administration in Bayelsa just as Abila, a law lecturer in the Niger Delta University (NDU) was also the Commissioner for Environment under former governor, Senator Henry Seriake Dickson.