Charity Simon, Abuja
An 80 years old man, Pa Pius Chuka Enebeli, Thursday, entered Nigeria’s legal history books when he became the oldest man to be called to the Bar in Abuja.
Pa Enebeli was among 2259 new wigs, which included Halima Buhari, President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter, who were admitted to the Bar at a ceremony in Nigeria’s capital.
The event which held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, was witnessed by wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari.
Presenting the new wigs to the Body of Benchers under the Chairmanship of Chief Bandele Aiku (SAN), Director-General, Nigerian Law School, Olanrewaju Onadeko, said “let me congratulate one of the new wigs today, who is making history in his own right, by being the oldest new wig ever produced by the Nigerian Law School. He is 80 year old and we wish him a successful career at the Bar”.
The ceremony commenced with President of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Augustine Alegeh (SAN), who stood in for the yet-to-be-appointed Chairman, Council of Legal Education (CLE),informing the Benchers that the students ”have successfully completed their training and passed the Bar examinations conducted by the Council of the Legal Education and are ready for presentation to the Honourable Body of Benchers for the Call to the Bar”.
He said: “May I respectfully, Mr. Chairman, seek to call on the Director-General of the Nigerian Law School to present report and summon the applicants for call to appear before the Honourable Benchers”.
In his report, Onadeko, who was recently elevated to a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), said “their performance at the examinations has success rate of 73 percent. Mr., Chairman, distinguished Benchers; I made a call in my address at the October 2015 Call-To-Bar ceremonies, for a form of mandatory pupilage for new entrants into the legal profession. The aim is not to constrain or elongate formal legal training of new lawyers. It is necessary to grant them requisite exposure to a period of hands-on apprenticeship in law establishments”.
Onadeko also noted a persistent challenge to the school which was the violation of admission quota by some faculties of law. He said ‘‘the extent of violation has been profound. In some cases, some faculties of law have also had their accreditation withdrawn on this score, because it disrupts the projection of the Nigerian Law School in the short and long run”.