As lawyers drawn from the 91 branches of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) prepare for the association's delegates' conference billed to hold in Kaduna next month, three candidates have indicated their interests to take the mantle of leadership of the NBA from the incumbent President, Mr. Joseph Daudu (SAN). WALE IGBINTADE presents the profile of the contestants.
Ngige graduated from the Faculty of Law of University of Nigeria, Enugu in 1984 and was called to the Nigerian Bar on August 23, 1985. He later joined the chambers of G. N. Uwechue & Co as a junior counsel before he set up his own law firm, Emeka Ngige & Co.
Since 1991 till date, he has been a member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the NBA. A quintessential Bar man, he was elected the Publicity Secretary of the Lagos Branch of the Association between 1995 and 1996. Emeka was conferred with the rank of a SAN on September 9, 2002.
He was elected the Secretary of the branch between 1997 and 1999. Ngige was among the first set of private legal practitioners engaged by the Attorney General of the Federation and the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) to prosecute cases at the Failed Banks' Tribunals in Enugu and Lagos Zones.
Wali studied law at the University of Buckingham, United Kingdom and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1984. He is a former Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Rivers State. He is an astute Bar man, who has played significant impact in the affairs of the NBA. He is also a one-time representative of the NBA on the Council of Legal Education. He became a SAN on December 12, 2007.
Blessing Emonena Ukiri
Ukiri holds a Master of Law degree in intellectual property, environmental, energy and natural resources laws. He is a Bar activist and a member of the International Bar Association and the United Kingdom Energy Lawyers' Group. Ukiri is the principal partner of E. B. Ukiri & Partners. The firm specializes in litigation, commercial, foreign investment, intellectual property, among others.