‘Stop addressing yourselves as barristers’

Legal luminary, Chief Babatunde Olusola Benson (SAN) has taken a swipe at lawyers who address themselves as barristers.

Benson, who retired from active legal practice after 50 years at the Bar, said it was wrong for lawyers to call themselves barristers.

He spoke at the dedication of the new Law Office of former Ikorodu branch Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Anthony Ebeh, in Ikorodu.

He said lawyers would earn more respect when they address themselves as ‘misters and misses’.

Chief Benson, who arrived the new law office promptly, also lectured the young and upcoming lawyers on the importance of keeping to time, saying that they would be well respected by their clients if they have respect for time.

He praised Ebeh for putting up the new structure and for laying a good precedence for other lawyers in the ancient town to emulate.

Former NBA General Secretary, Dele Adesina (SAN), who reminiscenced about a lawyer who lost a big client because he operared from a dingy office to a colleague whose office had a better ambience, urged other lawyers to emulate Ebeh and set up befitting offices.

Adesina, who said he learnt a good lesson from that incident, stressed the need for upcoming lawyers to have their own chamber and ensure that it is befitting enough to behold.

The learned silk said it took the Spirit of God to make Ebeh to deliver the edifice that would henceforth serve as his chamber.

Justice Peter Affen of the Federal High Court, Abuja, who said Ebeh was his school mate at the universityý remarked that the completion of the building was an indication that Ebeh was getting somewhere.

Ebeh said he was inspired to put the building by some judges and senior lawyers like Justice Peter Affen of the Federal High Court, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, Dele Adesina (SAN), Chief Benson(SAN), Layi Babatunde (SAN) among others adding that he often shared his thoughts with them in private discussion.

The former Ikorodu NBA chairman said that it took divine intervention for him to be able to complete the law office. He said he would continue to develop the chamber until it becomes a world class law office and asked for prayers from his colleagues to achieve the feat.

Other dignitaries at the ceremony included Layi Babatunde (SAN), Pastor and Mrs. Olusegun Osunsan, Publisher Oriwu Sun, Chief Monzor Olowosago and wife Abiodun, Pastor Darlington Osobase, Chairman, NBA Ikeja, Yinka Farounbi, former Secretary, NBA Ikeja Adesina Adegbite, former Ikeja NBA Vice chairman Adesina Ogunlana, former chairmen, NBA Ikorodu, Prince kazeem Adebanjo and Said Shillings among others.

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