5 ex-millitants among 1468 called to bar (PICS)

Among the one thousand three hundred
and ninety (1,468) successful
candidates that were called to Bar by
the Body of Benchers at the
International Conference Centre, Abuja,
last Thursday July 13th are five ex-
militants; Barr. Ajama Ebiwolatei
Nimibofa, Barr. Iluyemi Timibra
Ernest, Barr. Ogbemerun Adebanjo,
Barr. Perekekeme Andrew Efe and
Barr. Yanyangbini Eric Pere, who are
beneficiaries of the Presidential
Amnesty Programme.

Speaking at a reception organized in
their honour, the Special Adviser to the
President on Niger Delta/Coordinator of
the Presidential Programme, Brigadier
General Paul Boroh (Rtd), represented
by his Special Adviser, Dr. Ken Ehigie,
to be guided by the code of practice,
saying that the Presidential Amnesty
office would do everything within its
mandate to build peace and to provide
a sustainable platform for the youths in
the Niger Delta region.

The Amnesty boss enjoined the young
lawyers to be exemplary in their
conduct and remain shining lights
among the youths as true ambassadors
of the programme through their
practice of law, maintaining that the
Federal Government of Nigeria has
demonstrated its commitment to
ensure peace, stability and
development of the Niger Delta region.

In his remark, the Technical Assistant
to the Amnesty Coordinator, Major
Abdul (Rtd) urged the beneficiaries to
go out there to preach peace, pointing
out that violence and other forms of
anti-social conduct will rather impede
development in the region.

He reiterated that war will not help
anyone and appealed to all and sundry
to sheath their swords and come to the
negotiation table for meaningful
dialogue in resolving differences.
Also, speaking, Head of Central
Registry/Call Centre, Colonel (Dr.)
Moses Perekeme Bokeyerinbrabo (Rtd)
while thanking President Muhammadu
Buhari for continuing with the
Amnesty programme, enjoined the new
wigs to remain focused, reiterating
that ? As learned gentlemen, called to
the Bar, you are in a position to
educate our brothers and sisters in the
Niger Delta on the need to eschew
violence and to embrace peace.
In her remark, Head, Vocation/Skills
Training, Mrs. Faith Omofunma said
several youths from the region have
been empowered in compliance with
the mandate of the programme to give
delegates sustainable sources of

Earlier, the Director of Legal Services/
Legal Adviser to the Amnesty boss,
Barr Prince Alabo had expressed
confidence in the young lawyers,
informing that these were the first set
of lawyers the Amnesty programme has

He further disclosed that all things
being equal, a second batch of twenty
nine delegates who are currently in the
Law School are at expected to be called
to Bar in November, saying that the
Amnesty programme has empowered
several youths in the Niger Delta in line
with its mandate, just as enjoined the
beneficiaries to conduct themselves in
a manner that will reflect their
profession as lawyers.

Barr. Alabo encouraged them to do
their work in an orderly and diligent
manner, stressing the need for
hardwork to excel in their practice as
young lawyers.

Barr. Yanyangbini Eric Pere, who spoke
on behalf of his colleagues was full of
appreciation for late President Umaru
Musa Yar’adua for providing the
amnesty platform for youths in the
region to be empowered educationally
through the scholarship scheme.

He also thanked President Muhamandu
Buhari and the Coordinator of the
Amnesty Programme, Brigadier
Genenral Paul Boroh for continuing
with the programme, saying that they
will continue to be good ambassadors
of the federal government and spread
the success story of the programme.

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