Isa Chiroma, director general of the Nigerian Law School, says that 113 of the 161 first class graduates for the 2018 August/September set are female.

The DG made this known on Tuesday while speaking at the Call to Bar ceremony in Abuja.

A breakdown of the figures provided shows that seven of every 10 first class graduates are female.

“The general performance, which is unprecedented, justifies the huge investment and sacrifice made by all concerned,” he said.

A total of 4,779 new lawyers were called to bar out of the 5,846 candidates who were successful in the final examinations.

Giving a breakdown of the general performance, Chiroma said that 161 (2.75%) candidates came out with first class; 694 (11.87%) with second class upper; 1,275 (21.27%) with second class lower and 2,649 (45.3%) with third class.

Speaking at the event, Bashir Dalhatu, chairman, Body of Benchers, said seven lawyers were disbarred between January and November 2018 with another seven suspended.

“The Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee (LPDC) is a committee of the Body of Benchers which is responsible for considering and determining allegations of misconduct against any person whose name is on the toll in his capacity as a legal practitioner and is capable of bringing our noble profession into disrepute,” he said.

“From January to November 2018, seven lawyers were disbarred, 12 lawyers were suspended (ranging from one year to three years) and one lawyer was admonished.

“You are therefore advised to be of good behaviour and abide by the ethics and traditions of the profession to avoid being brought before the Committee.”



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