Ekob, currently working as a legal assistant to a judge, received the prize at the 15th Chief Gani Fawehinmi Annual Lecture in Lagos on Tuesday. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the lecture was themed: Securing the Independence of INEC — A Panacea for a Free, Fair and Credible Elections in Nigeria. The Chairman of NBA Ikeja branch, Mr. Dele Oloke, while presenting the award to Ekob, said the kindhearted nature of Fawehinmi had prompted the branch to establish the award. He said the branch had institutionalised the annual scholarship to encourage and reward academic excellence at the Nigerian Law School. “This scholarship award attracts a cash prize of N200,000 and the first of such award will be given today,” Oloke said. He revealed that some senior lawyers who were members of the branch had promised to sponsor some editions of the scholarship. “Mr. Patrick Olumide-Fusika (SAN) undertook to fund the first to third editions of the award, while Mr. Oladele Adesina (SAN) also announced that he would fund the fourth to the sixth editions of the award. “In following the philanthropic attributes of Gani Fawehinmi (SAN), Mr. Olukayode Enitan has also graciously announced his willingness to fund the seventh to ninth editions of the scholarship award,” he said. NAN reports that the recipient is a graduate of Afe Babalola University and the first recipient of the award. She graduated as the best out of the 161 students who bagged First Class degrees; and received 13 awards during her Call to Bar ceremony. (NAN)]]>

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