Lawyer and arbitrator, LLB (Hons) Reading University 1983; called to the Nigerian Bar in July 1984; LLM degree (University of London) in 1985. Appointed as notary public for Nigeria in 1988 and conferred with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in September 2003.
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators of England; approved examiner for the same institute and an honorary fellow at the Centre for International Legal Studies in Salzburg, Austria. He is a supporting member of the London Maritime Arbitration Association and at home, he is the Senior Partner at Nigerian law firm, Strachan partners and current President of the Lagos Court of Arbitration.
He is a director of Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company, and also past member of the Bar Council, past member of the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee and the Disciplinary committee of the Nigerian Bar, and past Chairman, Nigeria Bar Association, Section on Business Law. He co-authored the book Commercial Arbitration Law and International Practice in Nigeria.
Olufunke Adekoya, SAN
Mrs Funke Adekoya SAN is a partner at ǼLEX where she heads the Dispute Resolution practice with a focus on arbitration. In addition to having over 40 years of experience in commercial litigation and corporate dispute resolution she is a Chartered Arbitrator of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and regularly sits as an arbitrator and appears as counsel in institutional and ad hoc arbitration proceedings both in international and domestic disputes. She conducted arbitration proceedings under the ICC, LCIA, LMAA and UNCITRAL Rules.
She is a Vice President of both the ICC Court of Arbitration and of the International Council of Commercial Arbitration and a Councilor of the African Users Council of the London Court of International Arbitration. Funke was designated to the Chairman's Panel of Arbitrators at ICSID in September 2017 for a 6 year term. She also sits on the World Bank Group Sanctions Board.
Funke Adekoya is described as one of the dominant figures in major disputes and is commended for her pragmatism. In the words of one client, "you know you're getting sound, good advice from her, based on experience, not just theory. https://www.chambersandpartners.com/161/467/editorial/2/1#profileEditorial_262314
Funke Adekoya SAN at AELEX in Nigeria is known as “a most reliable and impressive counsel", representing both local and transnational clients in domestic and international proceedings http://whoswholegal.com/news/analysis/article/33572/arbitration-2017-analysis/
Classified as a leading individual by Legal 500 http://www.legal500.com/c/nigeria/dispute-resolution
Charles Amajuoritse Ajuyah, SAN
Charles Amajuoritse Ajuyah, Senior Advocate of Nigeria and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration, Nigeria had his early education at the famous Government Primary School, Warri, St. Peter Claver's College, Aghalokpe and Federal Government College Warri. He obtained a B. Sc (Hons) Degree in Business Administration from the University of Lagos, Akoka Lagos and LL.B (Hons) from University of Benin, Benin City in 1987 and was called to the Nigerian Bar on 3rd November 1988.
Charles Amajuoritse Ajuyah has been practicing law for almost 30 years and has been Partner in Thompson Okpoko & Partners for 29 years. In the Course of his professional duties, he was appointed Notary Public for Nigeria in 2000; appointed Commissioner, Tax Appeal Tribunal for South - South Zone of Nigeria in 2009, and appointed Honourable Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice for Delta State and he diligently served in that capacity between July 2011 and May 2015.
Charles Amajuoritse Ajuyah is a member of International Bar Association and has served the Nigerian Bar Association and the Legal Profession in various capacities as Public Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association in Warri Branch, Member of Ombudsman Committee Nigerian Bar Association Warri Branch, Member of the Council for Legal Education, a Life Member of the Body of Benchers, Member, Niger Delta Task Force of the NBA; Member National Executive Committee of the NBA and currently the Chief Prosecutor for the N.B.A Prosecuting Team at the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee.
He has attended several professional courses in and outside Nigeria, presented researched papers on topical issues in the Profession and given recognition awards by the Legal Profession, his Alma mater and the Catholic Church. His hobby is travelling and reading.
Folashade Alli, FCIArb. C.Arb.
With over thirty-two years of experience in corporate commercial law, Folashade Alli is a seasoned lawyer who has served excellently in different capacities. She has a skill for solving problems and her expertise in corporate advisory is unparalleled. She is also an expert in intellectual property law.
She obtained a degree in Bachelor of Laws (LLB) with second class upper division honours from University of Lagos in 1984. She holds a Masters Degree (LLM) in Corporate and Commercial law from University College, London in 1987. She was called to the English bar in 1990 and is eligible to practice as a Barrister in England. She is member of the distinguished Lincolns Inn, London.
Folashade Alli has extensive arbitration experience and has been appointed as an arbitrator in numerous disputes spanning diverse fields of law including but not limited to maritime disputes, contractual and corporate commercial disputes, car dealership disputes, oil and gas disputes, banking law disputes amongst others. She has acted in the capacity of sole arbitrator, member of a panel of Arbitrators and Chairman of the Arbitration Tribunal. She is also an approved Mediator with the Lagos State Multidoor Court House.
She is currently the Executive Secretary of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) UK (Nigeria Branch). She was the Chairperson of the 2017 Annual Conference which was lauded as the most successful arbitration conference in recent years.
Richard Ayodele Akintunde, SAN, FCIArb (UK), CArb, FBR.
Richard Ayodele Akintunde was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1985. He is the Founding Partner of the law firm of Ayodele Akintunde & Co. a full service law firm based in Lagos, Nigeria with affiliate offices in Abuja and Port Harcourt.
Richard Ayodele Akintunde was conferred with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2016.
He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), the International Bar Association (IBA), the International Federation of Bankruptcy and Insolvency Professionals (INSOL), a Fellow of the Business Recovery and Insolvency Practitioners Association of Nigeria (BRIPAN), a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators United Kingdom, a Chartered Arbitrator, a SCMA Accredited Mediation Advocacy Trainer, a member of the panel of Neutrals of the LMDC, a member of the Lagos Court of Arbitration, a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom, a SEC approved Capital Market Consultant and a Notary Public of Nigeria.
For over 33 years he has been involved in active legal practice. His practice areas include Corporate/Commercial Law, Litigation, Insolvency, Arbitration, Oil and Gas, Real Estate, Employment Law.
Abubakar Balarabe Mahmoud, LL.M SAN, OON, FCIArb
A.B graduated from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1979. He holds a master's degree from the same university specializing in Company and Labour Relations Law. He worked for 15 years with the Kano State Ministry of Justice rising from pupil state counsel to the position of the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice and founded Dikko & Mahmoud in 1993.
He trained at various times at the International Development Law Institute in Rome, where he obtained a certificate in Law and Development in 1987, and in Legal Aspects of Privatization in 1990. He also holds a Diploma in Sociology of Law from Onati Institute for the Sociology of Law in Spain (1990) and another certificate in techniques of privatization from the Institute of international Development at Harvard University (2000). He was at North Western University Chicago where he obtained in Certificate in Corporate Law and Business (2002). He also obtained a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration of the Chartered Institute Arbitrators UK and was admitted as a Fellow of the Institute in 2008.
A.B has appeared in many cases before the Court of Appeal and the Nigerian Supreme Court. He has acted as counsel on a wide range of arbitrations and acted as arbitrator in others. He was elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2001. He is a member of the Body of Benchers, Nigeria's highest body for regulating the legal profession. He was member of the National Committee on Crime Victims Rights. He served as a member of the Presidential Committee on Incentives, Waivers and Concessions (for Investments and Businesses) in Nigeria. He chaired the National Committee on the review of the Nigeria's Code of Corporate Governance for public Companies. He is also a member of the Vision 2020, Business Support Group.
A.B is the 2nd Vice President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange and a Board Member at the Dangote Foundation. A.B was elected as the 28th President of the Nigerian Bar Association in July 2016.
Charles Adeogun-Phillips, MCIArb.
Charles is an accomplished international criminal litigation lawyer and former international prosecutor. For over 25 years, he has litigated cases before courts in Nigeria, the United Kingdom and at various international courts and tribunals. His areas of practice are International criminal, International humanitarian law, international human rights law, International asset tracing/recovery, and international dispute resolution and debt recovery.
He founded Charles Anthony LLP, following a distinguished legal career as a pioneer lead international prosecutor and head of special investigations at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia which spanned over 12 years.
Charles joined the UN in December 1997 from private practice as a criminal defence lawyer in the UK. For over a decade, he led with great success, teams of international lawyers in the precedent setting, complex and pioneering prosecution of those who bore the greatest responsibility for the 1994 Rwandan genocide during which, an estimated 800,000 civilians were killed. His elevation in 2001 to the rank of senior counsel before an international court at the age of 35 is unrivaled.
He has served as a lecturer in several European Union funded capacity building training workshops on various aspects of domestic and international criminal litigation practice including those organised for prosecutors, judges of the supreme and high courts in various civil and common law jurisdictions and for AU and UN peacekeeping personnel. He is currently a visiting lecturer on international humanitarian law at the National Defence College and at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.
He is an active member of various professional associations including, the Law Society of England and Wales, the African Association of International Law and the International Criminal Court Bar Association. He is the former Vice-Chairman of the International Legal Practice Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association and the Chairman Board of Trustees, New Faces New Voices (Nigeria), a pan-African organisation of women in finance founded by Her Excellency, Mrs. Graça Machel, the wife of the former South African President, the late Madiba Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.
Hon. Okechukwu Emmmanuel Wali, SAN
Hon. Okechukwu Emmmanuel Wali, SAN, was born on the 29th of October, 1958 to Chief Francis Woke Wali, (JP) and Mrs. Cordelia Ahule Wali, of Rumualogu Community, Akpor, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, Rivers State, Nigeria. He attendeded Port Harcourt Township School, Port Harcourt for his Primary Education, and thereafter, to Government Comprehensive Secondary School, Borikiri, PH and Baptist High School, Port Harcourt for his Secondary and Higher School Education where he was Deputy School Captain (Deputy Senior Prefect), and Senior Prefect respectively. He is married and blessed with five wonderful children.
Hon. Okey Wali (SAN) as he is widely known, is a distinguished graduate of the University of Buckingham, Buckingham, United Kingdom, where he studied Law, graduating in 1983. Soon after, he proceeded to the Nigerian Law School and upon a successful completion of the program, was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1984. He went on to serve in the National Youth Service Scheme (NYSC) in Akure-Ondo State, between 1984-1985.
Hon. Okey Wali (SAN) has been in active private legal practice for the past 33 years since after his call to the Nigerian Bar and is currently the Principal Partner of Okey Wali & Co. wherein he has taken on a number of cases representing indigent clients and providing exceptional and highly effective legal services in all areas of law.
Hon. Okey Wali (SAN) is a notable member of the Nigerian Bar Association, Port Harcourt Branch, and thus, served as Secretary of the Port Harcourt Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association from April 1992-April 1994 as well as Chairman, of the Port Harcourt Branch of the NBA from April 1998- April 2000 where he commenced the building of NBA law centre. Hon. Okey Wali (SAN) also, served as a notable member of the Council of Legal Education from 1998 – 2006. In July 2007, he was appointed the Hon. Attorney General & Commissioner of Justice Rivers State, Ministry of Justice Port Harcourt. His continuing enthusiasm remained undiminished even after he left office as the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Rivers State. In appreciation of his dedication to the legal profession, he was recognised and awarded the prestigious rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in 2007, and has since remained enthusiastic and committed to the legal profession.
Due to his efficient and excellent leadership skills, Hon. Okey Wali (SAN) has since been a member of a host of committees and has held diverse positions as follows:
He served as the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) from August 2012 to August 2014; and as the President of NBA, he commenced the building of an eleven (11) storey National Secretariat for the Nigerian Bar Association, along the Mohammed Buhari Way, Central Business District, Abuja, using the services of an indigenous building construction firm.
He served as member of Rivers State Transition Committee in 1999
He served as Vice Chairman of the Rivers State Transition Committee in 2007 and was Appointed Notary Public in August 2007.
He was the Chairman, Panel “A" Disciplinary Committee of Port Harcourt Branch of The Nigerian Bar Association in May 2010- April 2012.
He was the Chairman, Criminal Litigation Committee of The Section on Legal Practice of The Nigerian Bar Association from September 2010 - August 2012.
He has been a Member of the General Council of the Bar Since September 2011
He became a Member of the Body of Benchers from June 2011 to 2016; and was appointed a Life Bencher in 2016.
He was a Member of the National Judicial Council from October 2012 to September 2014; and also a Member of the Governing Council of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies of Nigeria from 2012 – 2014.
He served as the Chairman of the Appointment, Promotion and Disciplinary Committee of the Council of Legal Education from 2012 - 2014
Also he was the Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association Property Development/Building Committee from November 2014 to August 2016.
Hon Okey Wali was appointed a Member of the Ethics Committee of the National Judicial council in 2016
In recognition of his contributions to the society, he is a proud recipient of several honours from several Organizations including the Nigerian Bar Association and several branches of the NBA, the Anglican Church, 1984 Class of the Nigerian Law School, Joint Assembly of Niger Delta Youths, National Association of Nigerian Students, International Federation of Women Lawyers, Council of South, South Student (Imo State Chapter) Alumni, Association of Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Students (NIALS), Old Boys Association of Government Comprehensive Secondary School Port Harcourt, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), the Port Harcourt Comedy Club, and a host of others
Funke Aboyade, SAN
Funke gained her LL.M from the University of Cambridge (Jesus College) in 1985. Prior to this, she had been admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1983, emerging in the top 1% of her set at the Nigerian Law School. Before that, she gained her LL.B from the University of Ife graduating in the top 1% of her class in 1982. In all three, she graduated with Second Class Upper Division, winning prizes and distinctions.
She was admitted to the Inner Bar in 2013. She was the pioneer Editor and creator of THISDAY LAWYER, a 16-page weekly colour and imaginative pullout law section of THISDAY newspaper, where she also maintained for 13 years a weekly column, The Wig & Skirt, where she regularly spoke truth to power. She served as Chairperson of the Lagos State Prerogative of Mercy Council.
Chile Okoroma LLB (Hons) BL, LLM is the Director of the Legal and Prosecution Department of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1990. After his mandatory National Service, he was engaged in private legal practice from 1992 to 2003 when he joined the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
He is the pioneer Director of the Legal and Prosecution Department of the Commission; and has been engaged in the prosecution of economic and financial crimes, and corruption cases. He is married with children.
Mark Mordi, FCI.Arb
Mark is one of the core members of Aluko & Oyebode's litigation and dispute resolution team. He is a seasoned litigator and also has successfully carved a niche for himself in Intellectual Property enforcement matters as well as negotiating out of court settlements in favour of clients in this area.
In the course of his Intellectual Property enforcement practice, Mark represents a number of international pharmaceutical companies in Intellectual Property disputes. He has prosecuted several class actions, IP enforcement matters ranging from trademark infringements to unlawful interference with the performance of contracts cases for major multinational pharmaceutical companies and local manufacturing companies. In the course of these cases, he has also successfully obtained and enforced in every case, pre-emptive remedies in the nature of Anton Piller Orders, temporary restraining orders or injunctions against counterfeit producers, and parallel importers and passers-off.
Mark is involved in preparation and arguing of processes for opposition proceedings before the Trademark Registry, civil matters including contract, tort, property, and corporate disputes, as well as criminal matters, and also renders anti-counterfeiting advice. He has represented a wide range of clients ranging from multinational corporations to private companies, partnerships, and individuals. His area of specialisation includes admiralty matters, commercial litigation, arbitration and general civil litigation matters.
Mark's expertise has been recognised in publications such as Who's Who Legal Nigeria 2012, in which he was recommended for his “astute legal mind". The Intellectual Market Place Analysis 2013 describes him as an “excellent negotiator" and a “formidable litigator". He has also been described in Chambers Global 2018 as a "brilliant lawyer and a diligent litigator, mediator and arbitrator." He is one of the core members of the firm's dispute resolution team.
Mark is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK and also an accredited mediator with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK.
Y. C. Maikyau, SAN, FCIArb
Mr. Y. C. Maikyau, SAN, FCIArb, is a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he obtained LLB (Honours) Degree in 1989. He attended the Nigerian Law School between 1989 to 1990 and was admitted to the Nigerian Bar as Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, on the 12th of December 1990.
Mr. Maikyau, SAN participated in the mandatory National Youth Service Corps Programme between 1990 and 1991. Thereafter, Mr. Maikyau settled for Private Law Practice with the Law Firm of Messrs. Danladi Bamaiyi and Company at Sokoto, in November 1991. He rose to become the Head of Chambers in that Firm, until 2003 when he voluntarily resigned.
Upon his resignation, Mr. Maikyau continued with his Private Law Practice under the name and style of Y. C. Maikyau & Co., with Offices in Abuja Birnin Kebbi and Sokoto. He was appointed Notary Public on the 30th day of May 2002 by the Chief Justice of Nigeria. In the year 2011, Mr. Maikyau was conferred with the Prestigious rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), by the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee.
In June, 2014 he obtained a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London, United Kingdom. He was admitted as Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK on the 18th day of September, 2014. He is a graduate of Rhema Bible Training Centre, Nigeria, where he was awarded a Diploma in Ministerial Training, with emphasis on Societal Leadership.
Mr. Maikyau is a member of the International Bar Association, and Nigeria Bar Association. He was appointed by the Federal Government of Nigeria to serve as Member of the Panel of Conciliators of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) with effect from July 2016 until July 2022. He is a Member of the NBA Legal Profession Regulation Review Committee (LPRRC) and a serving member, Governing Council of the Kebbi State University of Science and Technology, Aliero, Kebbi State.
He is happily married with children.
Mahmud Magaji Abubakar, SAN
Mahmud A. Magaji, SAN obtained a Diploma in Law from ABU, Zaria in the year 1985; LL.B Degree in 1989 from University of Maidiguri; He attended Nigerian Law school, Lagos campus and was later called to the Nigerian Bar in year 1990, where he also won the best criminal law student for that year; he was later conferred with the noble rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in the year 2012.
Mahmud A. Magaji, SAN has a vast and extensive experience in different areas of law and he has practiced extensively before various courts in Nigeria including all the superior courts of records in Nigeria on matter relating to Capital Market, Telecommunication, labour law, tax law, banking and finance, economic crimes, criminal law, election petitions, Constitutional matters, Aviation and many others.
Hon. Justice Ali Abubakar Babandi Gumel LL.B. (Hons) BL, LL.M.
Hon. Justice Ali Abubakar Babandi Gumel LL.B. (Hons) BL, LL.M. Enrolled as a Barrister and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, July, 1982. Assistant Lecturer, Lecturer II and Lecturer I Faculty of Law, Department of Private and Business Law, Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto – 1983-1990.
Chief Magistrate Grade I, Kano State Judiciary and later Jigawa State Judiciary. Solicitor General/Director General, Jigawa State Ministry of Justice, Dutse and later Chief Registrar, Jigawa State High Court of Justice. Judge, Federal High Court, 1995. Justice, Court of Appeal, 2006. Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt Division, September, 2016. Served in many Divisions of the Federal High Court and Court of Appeal. Attended many Seminars, workshops and Conferences in Nigeria and Foreign Countries on Law and Administration of Justice, Judicial Administration etc.
Ahmed Adeniyi Raji, SAN, FCIArb. (U.K)
Ahmed is a leading Senior Advocate of Nigeria. He is also the Founder/Principal at Ahmed Raji & Co. He was appointed by the President and Commander in Chief of Armed Forces of Nigeria as the Resident Electoral Commissioner where he served in five (5) different States in Nigeria for a period of eight (8) years.
His expertise and experience extend to diverse and broad areas of practice, including litigation, mediation and arbitration, banking and corporate finance, maritime and admiralty, election matters and telecommunications. He has about thirty (30) years experience in administrative and constitutional matters, criminal law, debt recovery, and other areas of practice.
He was part of the team that successfully defended Nigeria National Petroleum Commission (NNPC) in an international arbitration against Petree INC (a US Company). He is known for his astute legal approach to client’s cases, keen attention to details and the ability to give advice on complex transactions and matters on-the-spot. He has a Masters Degree in Law from the King’s College, University of London, where he obtained distinction in Telecoms Law.
As a member of the Consortium of five top law firms constituted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to handle all pre-election and commercial matters on its behalf, Ahmed has personally been involved in more than one hundred (100) cases at trial and Appellate Courts. He has also played a key role in arbitrations arising from agreements touching some Oil Mining Leases (OMLs) and Oil Prospecting Licences (OPLs). He represents private individuals, government agencies and corporate bodies in a wide-range of transactions and matters. Ahmed has in the past led lawyers in the firm and other reputable law firms in high profile cases including criminal matters and various civil suits. His practice has exposed him to the intricate workings of the Telecom industry and regulatory agencies generally. He is a Certified Capital Market Solicitor and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK).
His Excellency Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, CON – Governor of Rivers State
His Excellency Chief (Barr.) Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (CON) (born 13 December 1967) is a Nigerian lawyer, Politician and present Governor of Nigeria’s oil-rich Rivers State. He is an Ikwerre from Rumuepirikom in Obio-Akpor, Rivers State, Nigeria. He is a member of the People’s Democratic Party. Chief (Barr.) Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (CON) was appointed Minister of State for Education on 14 July 2011.
Chief (Barr.) Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (CON) holds Degrees in Political and Administrative Studies as well as Law. After a brief stint with private legal practice,Chief (Barr.) Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (CON) was elected twice as the Executive Chairman of Obio-Akpor Local Government Area. He served his two terms in office from 1999-2002 and 2004-2007. While in office, Chief Nyesom Wike also served as Deputy President, Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, ALGON, in 2004 and was later elected the President of ALGON. He also represented Africa as a member of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Local Governments Forum.
His Excellency,Chief (Barr.) Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (CON) distinguished himself as the best performing Local Government Council Chairman in Rivers State. As Council Chairman, he embarked on iconic projects that re-defined council administration and set the right example for his colleagues. As ALGON National President, Chief (Barr.) Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (CON), played a Pioneering role in National Security and Primary Healthcare, leading all local councils to commit themselves to high level grassroots development across the country.
O. C. J Okocha, SAN, MFR
Onueze Chukwujinka Joe Okocha, Member of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Justice of the Peace, Distinguished Service Star of Rivers State, studied Law at the University of Ife, Ile-Ife and graduated with the LL.B (Second Class Upper Honours) Degree in the year 1977.
He was called to the Bar in Nigerian on the 7th day of July 1978, after the mandatory course of study at the Nigerian Law School, Lagos. After National Youth Corps Service in Maiduguri, Borno State, he proceeded to the University College London, where he for and obtained the LL.M Degree of the University of London in the year 1980. He returned to Nigeria in the same year, 1980 and has since been in Law Practice as a Private legal Practitioner, save for a brief stint as The Honourable Attorney-General of Rivers State and Commissioner of Justice, from 1990 to 1992.
O. C. J. Okocha has had a distinguished career in the Legal Profession. He is the Founder and Managing Solicitor of the Law Firm of Okocha and Okocha, Legal Practitioners and Notary Public, of Manuchim Chambers, No. 171D Aba Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.
He was Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Port Harcourt Branch from 1994 to 1996. He was elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in the year 1995. In the year 2000, he was overwhelmingly elected President of the Nigerian Bar Association, thus becoming the 19th and the Millennium President of the Association, a position in which he served with honour and distinction from August 2000 to August 2002.
He served as a Member of the Federal Judicial Service Commission from 2000 to 2005, and was appointed a Life Member of the Honourable Body of Benchers, the highest body for excellence in the Legal Profession in Nigeria, in January 2007. Between the years 2010 to 2014, he served as a Member of the National Judicial Council. He also served as the Chairman of the Council of Legal Education between the years 2012 to 2016
O. C. J. Okocha is the pre-eminent Bar Leader in Rivers State, and a Life Member of the National Executive Council of the Nigeria Bar Association. He has been a member of the International Bar Association since 1991, and is also a Council Member of the African Bar Association. He is a Bar Leader of great repute in Nigeria, and his love for the Legal Profession is with total dedication and unquenchable zeal
Arthur Obi Okafor, SAN
Arthur Obi Okafor; a mentee of Late Chief Dr. Chimezie Ikeazor SAN, OON (Founder, Legal Aid Scheme for the Poor in Nigeria), after obtaining his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1990, obtained his Barrister at law certificate in 1991, from the Nigerian Law School and was called to Bar as Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. He began his law practice in 1992 under the tutelage of Chief Ikeazor, SAN.
Arthur Obi Okafor is a litigation lawyer par excellence. He has concluded many high profile and contentious civil and criminal litigations, cutting across diverse areas, including election petitions, land matters, receivership, company proceedings. He has also delivered scholarly papers on diverse areas of development of the legal profession and other topical issues at the Annual General Conferences of the Nigerian Bar Association and several fora of Nigerian Bar Association across the country.
A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators, Nigerian Bar Association, International Bar Association and other professional Associations.
In April 2010, Arthur Obi Okafor was conferred with the prestigious rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria at the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
Etigwe Uwa, SAN
Etigwe Uwa, is a skilled and passionate litigator who has been actively involved in significant litigation and arbitral proceedings that have shaped the Nigerian legal space.
He began his legal practice as state counsel with the Ogun State Ministry of Justice in 1990 after his call to the Nigerian Bar. In 1992 he joined the firm of Sofunde, Osakwe, Ogundipe & Belgore, as counsel. He joined the firm of F.O. Akinrele & Co. in 1995 as head of the firm’s litigation department and left in 1997 to start his own practice, Streamsowers & Co., which merged with Köhn Associates in 2006 and became Streamsowers & Köhn, where he is a Senior Partner and head of the Dispute Resolution Practice.
Mr. Uwa is a distinguished Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (United Kingdom) and was conferred in April 2010 with the prestigious rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
Mrs. Ibioku J. Owugah nee Briggs
Mrs. Ibioku J. Owugah nee Briggs is a Legal Practitioner presently a staff of Global Law situated at No. 17 Agudama Street, D/Line, Port Harcourt. She is also a member of the Port Harcourt Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association. She is happily married and hails from Abonnema Town in the Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State. Mrs. Ibioku J. Owugah nee Briggs was born in Port Harcourt on the 23rd day of November, 1982.
She attended Federal Government Girls College, Abuloma, for her Secondary School Education from 1992 to 1998. Thereafter, she enrolled into the Law Faculty of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Nkpolu, Oroworukwo, late in 1998, and graduated with a Second Class Upper (2.1) and a Bachelors Degree in Law (L.L.B) in 2004.
In 2005 she was admitted into the Nigerian Law School (Lagos Campus). She graduated with a Barrister at Law (B.L.) Degree and became a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria on the 26th day of November, 2006. She also became a member of the Association of Professional Negotiators and Mediators (APNM) in 2006.
In 2007, she obtained admission to engage in a Masters Program in Environmental Law and Policy at the University of Kent in the United Kingdom and graduated in 2008 with a Masters Degree in Environmental Law and Policy (L.L.M.).
In 2009, she remained in the United Kingdom under the post –study work scheme, as an International Partnership Intern working with Capacity Global (UK), a Humanitarian Charity Organisation. She returned to Nigeria early 2011 and has been in active legal practice since then.
Elijah C. Briggs, Esq
Elijah C. Briggs is a legal practitioner who has practiced Law upon being called to the Nigerian Bar in 2010. He obtained his Master of Laws (LLM) in Maritime Law from the University of Southampton. He is a Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, the Rivers State University in the Business Law Department.
He is currently the Chairman, Young Lawyers’ Forum, Nigerian Bar Association, Port Harcourt Branch. He has written Articles on different areas of the Law and a guest speaker on topical issues relating to the advancement of the Law and public affairs at different fora. He is a Partner in the Law firm of Omni Law Partners and is married to Barr. (Mrs). Tamunotonye Oroso Briggs and the marriage is blessed with two children.
Paul Usoro, SAN, FCIArb
Paul Usoro, SAN is the Senior Partner and founder of Paul Usoro & Co (PUC), a top commercial law firm headquartered in Lagos with offices in Abuja and Uyo. He heads the Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Practice Group and the Communications Section of the Firm. Paul Usoro is variously described as the go-to-counsel for complex matters, be it litigation or commercial transactions and the foremost communications lawyer in Nigeria with over 30 years’ experience in legal practice. He is an active member of the National Executive Committee of the NBA, and a member of the NBA Legal Profession Regulation Review Committee.
He was the founding chairman of the Communication Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association's Section on Business Law. Paul is a consummate board room player and sits on the Boards of several top companies. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and a member of the International Bar Association.
In 1983, Paul joined Sani Mohammed Kuso & Co in Kaduna. His hard work and intellect resulted in a rapid elevation to Head of Litigation, leading the Firm in complex litigation matters including about 12 (twelve) House of Assembly election petitions in Niger State sequel to the 1983 elections and also the representation of 3 (three) key persons before the Awoniyi Commission of Inquiry in Niger State in 1984.
In 1985, Paul founded PUC in Kaduna. In 1992, the headquarters of PUC was established in Lagos with the Kaduna office still operational until 2003 when the northern operations were consolidated into a new branch office in Abuja. Today, PUC is a full-service Nigerian commercial law firm, with its principal office in Lagos, and 2 branches in F.C.T., Abuja and Uyo, Akwa Ibom state.
Paul Usoro, SAN was elevated to the Inner Bar as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2003. In 2001, Paul earned his preferment as Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is a member of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group.
Mr Usoro has continued to develop himself through relevant post graduate executive courses offered by the world’s top universities. He has acquired leadership and corporate governance skills from the executive trainings attended over the years.
Paul is a nationally acclaimed litigator and transaction expert whose expertise covers the entire gamut of commercial practice including finance, banking, oil and gas, power, election petition and communications practice areas. He represents domestic and multinational companies, public agencies, governments and inter-governmental institutions in various sectors.
Boboye Oyeyemi, MFR, MNI, NPoM, Ph.D.
Dr Boboye Oyeyemi is the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nigeria’s Lead Agency in Road Traffic Administration and Safety Management and United Nations Best Example of a Lead Agency in Road Safety Management in Africa.
He is an alumnus of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru and Harvard University, School of Government; Member of the International Police Chiefs and Fellow of professional bodies including Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, London; Nigeria Institute of Corporate Administration and Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria.
His awards include National Honour of Member of Federal Republic (MFR) and National Productivity Order of Merit Award (NPoM). He holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D) in Public Administration and is an American Medal of Honour recipient of the American Biographical Institute, USA, with two publications; Productivity in Road Traffic Administration: Issues, Strategies and Impediments and Strands in Road Traffic Administration in Nigeria (Ibadan, Clemeve Publishers, 2003).
He is a sports man and happily married.
Chief Ifedayo Adams Adedipe, SAN
Chief Ifedayo Adams Adedipe, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) graduated from the University of Ife, Ile-Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) (OAU) in the present day Osun State with a Second Class Honours (Upper Division) Bachelor of Laws degree in 1979, after coming out tops, as the best graduating student of his class. He was called to the Nigerian Bar on the 19th of July, 1980.
Upon his being called to the Nigerian bar, he did his compulsory National Youth Service (NYSC) with the Rivers State office of the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria in Port Harcourt in 1981. After, his compulsory youth service programme, he delved into full-time law practice which traversed various law firms which included Femi Olowo & Co in 1982; A. S. Young Harry in 1984; and Jamabo & Jamabo in 1985 before setting up his own law firm in 1986 known as I. A. Adedipe & Co.
In 2005, he was elevated to the inner bar as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria. With a desire to improve and expand his legal practice including giving room for other lawyers to excel in the practice of law, he formed a new firm in January, 2007 known as Adedipe & Adedipe (Legal Practitioners). He further opened offices in Lagos, Abuja and Akure in a bid to meet the ever expanding nature of law practice and to expand the firm's frontiers.
His areas of interest include: Election Petition, Corporate/Commercial law, Constitutional law, Litigation & Property law practice. He has handled a lot of Election matters across the various jurisdictions in Nigeria wherein he was counsel to notable individuals like Chief Olusegun Agagu, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, Rt Hon Chibuike Amaechi, Alhaji Ibrahim Shema and quite recently, Governor Nyesom Wike.
He has also done constitutional matters like the Odili v EFCC matter touching on the constitutionality of the EFCC to act on a nullified report. He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association and the International Bar Association.
He is the principal partner and managing solicitor of Adedipe & Adedipe (Legal Practitioners).