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Body of Benchers gets new chairman as CJN emerges vice chair

The Body of Benchers has unanimously endorsed Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN, as its new chairman.

The Body took the decision on Thursday, as the its outgoing Chairman, Justice Mary Odili, handed over the baton of leadership to Awomolo.

Until his elevation, Awomolo, SAN, was the body’s vice chairman.

Similarly, the outgoing Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola has emerged the Vice-Chairman of the Body of Benchers.

He took over from Awomolo, SAN, at the meeting of the Body of Benchers on Thursday.

Meanwhile, distinguished bar leaders including the incumbent Attorney-General of Ondo State, Dr Olukayode Ajulo, SAN have congratulated the duo of Chief Awomolo, SAN and the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ariwoola on their appointment.

In a statement signed by Dr Ajulo, SAN on Thursday, he said Chief Awomolo, SAN and Justice Ariwoola well deserved the position.

The statement reads: “I humbly extend my warmest congratulations to Chief Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN, on his recent appointment as the esteemed Chairman of the distinguished and illustrious Body of Benchers.

“This prestigious role is a testament to his exceptional legal acumen, unwavering commitment, and remarkable contributions to the legal profession.

“Under Chief Awomolo’s exemplary leadership and extensive experience, the Body of Benchers will undoubtedly uphold the highest standards of justice, integrity, and professionalism.

“I am confident that his able guidance will inspire the legal fraternity to flourish, and ensure that the principles of fairness and equity are steadfastly upheld.

“Additionally, I wish to convey heartfelt congratulations to the newly elected Vice Chairman, Honourable Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, GCON, who assumes this distinguished role with great honour and responsibility.

“His esteemed reputation and steadfast dedication and unwavering commitment to upholding the rule of law will undoubtedly enhance the success of the Body of Benchers.

“I also express deep appreciation to the outgoing Chairman, Honourable Justice Mary Odili, JSC (Rtd), for her exemplary leadership and unwavering dedication throughout her tenure. Her pivotal role in upholding the integrity of the legal profession and promoting justice in our society is truly commendable.

“As we celebrate these momentous achievements, let us acknowledge the paramount importance of the Body of Benchers in shaping our legal system and upholding the noble principles of justice. I have no doubt that with the collective wisdom and guidance of distinguished leaders such as Chief Awomolo, SAN, and Honorable Justice Ariwoola, GCON, the legal profession will continue to thrive as an indomitable pillar of our society.

“May their tenure be adorned with resounding success, profound wisdom, and an unwavering pursuit of justice for all,” he signed off.

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