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Awolowo’s Grandson, 3,435 Others Called to Bar
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The grandson of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Adedamilotun Oluwapelumi Aderemi, was among the 3,436 successful candidates who were called to the Nigerian Bar on Tuesday in Abuja.

Aderemi, who is one of the successful candidates in the August 2014 Bar final examinations of the Nigerian Law School, had already been called to the English Bar.

In his address at the call to Bar ceremony held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, the Director General of the Nigerian Law School, Olanrewaju Onadeko, said four of the successful candidates came out with first class, 96 in second class upper division, 620 placed in second class lower division while 2,697 were in pass grade.
He suggested  a two-month intensive preparatory programme for intending candidates for the bar.

According to him, “This will reduce the alarming rate of failure recorded as the years go by.”

He said the Nigerian Law School had taken pro-active measures to safeguard its campuses in Kano and Yola by installing high perimeter walls with security barbed wire on top, adding also that arrangements had been concluded for the installation of CCTV cameras in all campuses of the school in view of the daunting challenge of insecurity in the country.

According to him, the problem of over admission by law faculties in the country has almost been surmounted following the synergy
between the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the Council of Legal Education.

Onadeko charged the new wigs to adhere to the norms and ethics of the legal profession, adding that the legal profession in Nigeria had always been known to produce eminent international jurists, scholars and legal experts all over the world, with strategic positions.

In his speech, the Chairman of the Body of Benchers, Chief T. J Onomigbo Okpoko, charged the successful candidates to adhere to the rules of professional ethics which regulate the conduct of lawyers and the conduct of law business by members of the profession.

While admonishing the new wigs to make the rules their companion, Okpoko said: “It is obligatory that the new wigs and members of the profession by their action or inaction enhance the honour of the law profession and the dignity of its members by their words and action, whether in public or private life.”

He reminded the new wigs that the membership of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) was compulsory for all lawyers under the Legal Practitioners Act, just as he advised them to respect the court and never to engage any judge or magistrate in hot exchange of words or engage in what might appear to be a quarrel with adjudicators or colleagues.

Onomigbo however cited the recent behaviour of members of the National Assembly as demeaning and noted that it was not the behaviour of a lawyer

“A man who jumps the fence cannot be a lawyer and I was in shock at the behaviour exhibited by some members of this noble profession,” he reiterated.

He said the standards for the examination would not be stopped to accommodate anyone, so as to keep the profession competitive
Meanwhile, Adedamilotun’s mother, Mrs. Olukemi,  said her son’s shift to study law after graduating from the Imperial College of Science in London as a Chemist was something that runs in the family, pointing out that, “her father, Late Awolowo, my late father in-law, Justice Ademoju Aderemi, my husband, Adedamola Aderemi are all lawyers, including myself.”

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