In this article, we are going to list the Outstanding Lawyers From Anambra State.
Anambra is blessed with very rich human resources in different fields of human activity. In all of the South East, Anambra can be said to have the highest concentration of professionals at the peak of their careers.
Among these professionals are legal luminaries who have distinguished themselves in the legal firmament and have also continued to shape Nigerian jurisprudence with their brilliant and invaluable contributions.
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Many of these legal eggheads have already received the prestigious Senior Advocate of Nigeria degree, an indication that they have reached the pinnacle of their careers and have been recognized for their efforts in deepening the understanding of the Nigerian corpus juris.
Below are some of the outstanding Lawyers who call Anambra their home
The name Dr Onyechi Ikpeazu SAN rings a bell in legal circles. His excellent advocacy skills and solid knowledge of the law set him apart as a shining legal icon. He is now widely known for having delved into the Nigerian corpus juris with historical and famous cases.
Indeed, he is a lawyer par excellence. Some of the historical cases dealt with by Dr. Ikpeazu include MOJEKWU V. MOJEKWU; MOJEKWU V. IWUCHUKWU to preserve a woman’s inheritance right; NGIGE V OBI reported in (2006) 14 NWLR (Part 999) 1, a decision which resulted in Mr. Peter Obi in office as the duly elected Governor of the State of Anambra.
His skillful display of rare forensic advocacy skills led to the pioneering decision of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in the case OBI v INEC (2007) 11NWLR (Part 1046) 565, which effectively recalibrated the electoral metric rule in the hitherto uniform four-year elections. in the office of Governors of the States in Nigeria.
As a result, a candidate who was mistakenly kept out of office following an election which he rightly won would still enjoy, without interruption. His four-year term guaranteed by the existing Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from the date on which he sworn in as Governor of the state. except for other circumstances such as death and impeachment. He is also a bartender to the core and an uncommon force when it comes to defending the electoral court.
Dr Olisa Agbakoba is a Senior Advocate from Nigeria (Queen’s Counsel equivalent), a life supporter of the Body of Benchers, a human rights advocate and a good governance advocate. Dr Agbakoba is one of Nigeria’s leading maritime law experts and has disputed several complex maritime cases.
He supported legal reforms in maritime law, including the Cabotage Act. Dr. Agbakoba is a prominent human rights activist, a scholar of democracy and the rule of law. He also became President of the Nigerian Bar Association (2006-2008) and in 1987; he founded the Civil Liberties Organization (CLO) of which he was president from 1987 to 1995.
Chief Emeka Ngige SAN is a brain figure and experienced attorney whose expertise is sought in every area of human endeavor where legal advice is commonly sought in Nigeria. He was also one of the private legal professionals commissioned by the government to prosecute cases at the Failed Banks Tribunal in Enugu and Lagos.
Emeka Ngige also among the private lawyers hired by the federal government to represent him in various cases brought by the Abacha family to block the government’s recovery efforts. He is currently President of the Legal Education Council.
ARTHUR OBI OKAFOR
Arthur Okafor SAN cut his teeth in the legal profession at the chambers of Chief Chimezie Ikeazor, SAN. Over the years, his firm has produced several upper and lower college members as well as prominent lawyers. Arthur Obi-Okafor SAN, is a quintessential litigation attorney with a large client base from different walks of life.
He has also concluded many high profile civil and criminal litigation and litigation, across several areas, including election petitions, land matters, receivership, corporate proceedings etc. In the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, the federal and state High Courts and other higher registry courts. However, He recently challenged the national presidency of the Nigerian Bar Association and brought panache and dynamism to the countryside.
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Mr. Ikwueto involved in a considerable number of historical cases and has taken part in high-profile business transactions. Also appointed Lawyer of Confidence of the Swiss Embassy in Nigeria and in this capacity he actively participates in the promotion of Swiss business in Nigeria. He is a member of several international bodies including the International Bar Association, (IBA) London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
Prof Ilochi Okafor is respectively the last and the first attorney general of the old and new Anambra. He has also dealt with high-profile land matters, election petitions, criminal and civil cases. However, He is one of the most respected lawyers of academics.