The Body of Benchers in the Nigerian Legal Profession consists of persons of the highest distinction and established by the dint of Section 3 of the Legal Practitioners Act which is “responsible for the formal call to the Bar of persons seeking to become legal practitioners” in Nigeria.

This was contained in the list of current members of the Body, which was made available to TheNigerialawyer(TNL), by the Secretary, Daniel M. Tela.

The incumbent Chairman of the Body is Mr. O. C. J. Okocha, MFR, SAN and the Vice-Chairman is Hon. Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, CFR.

Notably, the Body has had 47 distinguished individuals as past Chairmen, while 32 amongst them are dead and also, the current Life Benchers are 141

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MEMBERS OF THE BODY OF BENCHERS

(A) CHAIRMAN
Mr. O. C. J. Okocha, MFR, SAN
Life Bencher

(B) VICE CHIARMAN
Hon. Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, CFR
Life Bencher

(C) FORMER CHAIRMEN OF THE BODY OF BENCHERS

1. Hon. Justice Adetokumbo Ademola, GCFR (Deceased) 1971-1972
2. Hon. Justice Taslim Ellias, GCON (Deceased) 1972-1973
3. Sir Darnley Alexender, KBE (Deceased) 1973-1974
4. Hon. Justice Augustine Nnamani (Deceased) 1974-1975
5. Hon. Justice Mohammed Bello, GCON (Deceased) 1975-1976
6. Hon. Justice G.S. Sowemimo, GCON (Deceased) 1976-1977
7. Chief Toye Coker, SAN (Deceased) 1977-1978
8. Chief Dr. G. C. M. Onyuike, SAN (Deceased) 1978-1979
9. Chief T.O. S. Benson, CFR, SAN (Deceased) 1979-1980
10. Hon. Justice Fatayi-Williams, GCON (Deceased) 1980-1981
11. Chief R.O.A. Akinjide, CON, SAN (Deceased) 1981-1982
12. Hon. Justice A.G. Irikefe, GCON (Deceased) 1982-1983
13. Alh. A. G. F. Abdul-Razaq, OFR, SAN (Deceased) 1983-1984
14. Hon. Justice Kayode Eso, CON (Deceased) 1984-1985
15. Chief F.R.A. Williams, CFR, SAN (Deceased) 1985-1986
16. Hon. Justice Mamman Nasir, GCON (Deceased) 1986-1987
17. Hon. Justice A.O. Obaseki, CON (Deceased) 1987-1988
18. Webber George Egbe, QC, SAN (Deceased) 1988-1989
19. Hon. Judge Prince Bola CFR, SAN 1989-1990
20. Chief Bankole Oki, SAN (Deceased) 1992-1993
21. Hon. Justice M.L. Uwais, GCON 1993-1994
22. Mr. Kehinde Sofola, CON, SAN (Deceased) 1994-1995
23. Hon. Justice M.M.A Akanbi, CON (Deceased) 1995-1996
24. Dr. Mudiaga Odje, OFR (Deceased) 1996-1997
25. Hon. Justice S.M.A Belgore, GCON 1997-1998
26. Mrs. H.A. Balogun, OON 1998-1999
27. Hon. Justice A. B. Wali, CON (Deceased) 1999-2000
28. Alh. Abdullahi Ibrahim, CON, SAN 2000-2001
29. Hon. Justice Karibi-Whyte, CON (Deceased) 2001-2002
30. Sir C. O. Akpamgbo, SAN (Deceased) 2002-2003
31. Hon. Justice I.L. Kutigi, GCON (Deceased) 2003-2004
32. Chief Debo Akande, SAN (Deceased) 2004
33. Hon. Justice S. U. Onu, CON 2004-2006
34. Chief M. A. Ajomale (Deceased) 2006-2007
35. Hon. Justice Umar F. Abdullahi, CON 2007-2008
36. Elder S.M. Olakunri, SAN 2008-2009
37. Hon. Justice A. Katsina-Alu, GCON (Deceased) 2009-2010
38. Chief G.N. Uwechue, SAN 2010-2011
39. Hon. Justice Dahiru Musdapher, GCON (Deceased) 2011-2012
40. Chief Idowu Sofola, MON, SAN (Deceased) 2012-2013
41. Hon. Justice M.A. Mukhtar, GCON 2013-2014
42. Chief T.J.O. Okpoko, OON, SAN 2014-2015
43. Hon. Justice Mahmud Mohammed, GCON 2015-2016
44. Chief Bandele A. Aiku, SAN (Deceased) 2016-2017
45. Hon. Justice W.S.N. Onnoghen, GCON 2017-2018
46. Alh. Bashir M. Dalhatu 2018-2019
47. Hon. Justice Dr. I. T. Muhammad, CFR 2019-2020

(D) CURRENT LIFE BENCHERS

1. Chief Amb. C.D. Orike
2. Hon. Justice T.A. Oyeyipo, OFR
3. K.O. Longe, Esq
4. Hon. Justice K.M. Kolo
5. Alh (Dr.) Aliyu Salman, SAN
6. Hon. Justice Uthman Mohammed, CON
7. Hon. Justice A.I. Iguh, CON
8. Chief Wole Olanipekun, OFR, SAN
9. Hon. Justice U.A. Kalgo, CFR
10. Hon. Justice G.A. Oguntade, CFR
11. Hon. Justice S.A. Akintan, CON
12. Hon. Justice R.H. Cudjoe, OFR
13. Hon Justice Umaru Eri, CON
14. Hon. Justice D.N. Eyamba-Idem, OFR
15. Chief Badru Olaogun
16. Chief A.S. Awomolo, SAN
17. Chief Albert Akpomudje, SAN
18. Mrs. Funke Adekoya, SAN
19. Mr. Olisa Agbakoba, OON, SAN
20. Hon. Justice A.I. Salami, CON
21. Hon. Justice J.O. Ogebe, CON
22. Hon. Justice Tijjani Abubakar, OFR
23. Hon. Justice B.S. Bansi, OFR
24. Hon. Justice R.P.I. Bozimo, OFR
25. Mr. J. B. Daudu, SAN
26. Sir G. Ofodile Okafor, OON, SAN
27. Hon. Justice F.F. Tabai, CON
28. Hon. Justice J.A. Fabiyi, CFR
29. Hon. Justice Z.A. Bulkachuwa, CFR
30. Hon. Justice Ibrahim Umar, OFR
31. Hon. Justice L.H. Gummi, OFR
32. Hon. Justice A.N. Nwankwo, CON
33. Tijjani Inuwa-Dutse, mni
34. Alh. Murtala Aminu, OFR
35. Chief R.A. Lawal-Rabana, SAN
36. Chief O.B. Onyali, SAN
37. Chief (Mrs) Pricilla O. Kuye
38. Yinka Fayokun, Esq
39. Chief Sena Anthony
40. Chief Adeniyi Akintola, SAN
41. Mr. A.B. Mahmoud, OON, SAN
42. Hon. Justice Suleiman Galadima, CON
43. Hon. Justice S.A. Mahuta, OFR
44. Hon. Justice I.N. Ndu, OFR
45. Mr. Dele Adesina, SAN
46. Prince Lanke Odogiyon
47. H.E. Oluwarotimi O. Akeredolu, SAN
48. Chief M.O.O. Nwamu
49. Mr. Yusuf O. Ali, SAN
50. Mrs. Fatima Kwaku, MFR
51. Hon. Justice Amiru Sanusi, OFR
52. Chief J. K. Gadzama, OFR, SAN
53. H.E. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, CFR
54. Mr. Augustine Alegeh, SAN
55. Mr. Okey Wali, SAN
56. Hon. Justice K. B. Akaahs, OFR
57. Hon. Justice M. D. Mohammed
58. Hon. Justice C. B. Ogunbiyi
59. Hon. Justice M. Peter Odili, CFR
60. Hon. Justice M. L. Garba
61. Hon. Justice M. B. Dongban- Mensem
62. Hon. Justice H.Y. Heman, CON
63. Hon. Justice Kashim Zannah, OFR
64. Hon. Justice Kate Abiri, CON
65. Hon. Justice I. N Auta, OFR
66. A. Mustapha Goniri, Esq
67. Mr. Umeh Kalu, SAN
68. Chief Bayo Ojo, CON, SAN
69. Tajudeen Oladoja, Esq
70. Mr. Emanuel C. Ukala, SAN
71. Ichie L.M.E Ezeofor
72. Chief Ziggy Azike
73. Mr. Adetokunbo Kayode, SAN
74. Sen. Victor Ndoma-Egba, SAN
75. Chief Charles Uwensuyi-Edosomwan, SAN
76. Mr. C. A. Ajuyah, SAN
77. Hon. Justice Emmanuel Ayoola, CON
78. Hon. Justice Olukayode Ariwoola
79. Hon. Justice K.M.O. Kekere-Ekun
80. Hon. Justice Amina Augie, CON
81. Hon. Justice P. A. Galumje
82. Hon. Justice U. M. Abba Aji
83. Hon. Justice R. C. Agbo
84. Hon. Justice J. O. Bada
85. Hon. Justice S. Denton West
86. Hon. Justice A. S. Dahiru, OFR
87. Hon. Justice Kulu Aliyu, OFR
88. Hon. Justice I. Hwande, OFR
89. Mrs. Nella Andem-Rabana, SAN
90. Mr. Joe Abrahams, SAN
91. Hon. Edward G. Pwajok, SAN
92. Hon. Justice C. O. Idahosa
93. Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, SAN
94. Mr. Akin Osinbajo, SAN
95. Hon. Justice Olasehinde Kumuyi
96. Hon. Justice A.S. Daramola
97. Hon. Justice Peter N.C. Umeadi
98. Hon. Justice Josephine Y. Tuktur
99. Hon. Justice O.O. Olopade, CON
100. Mr. Kamaldeen Ajibade, SAN
101. Mr. Sani H. Garun Gabas, SAN
102. Chief John A.A. Ochoga
103. Lady Debbie Obodokwu
104. Mr. Olumuyiwa Akinboro, SAN
105. Ebenezer Obeya, Esq
106. Ibrahim Mark, Esq
107. Mrs. H. A. Turaki
108. Hon. Justice O. F. Omoleye
109. Hon. Justice H. M. Ogunwunmiju
110. H.E. Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, GCON, SAN
111. S. Ibrahim Tahir, Esq
112. Hon. Justice Olufunola O. Adekeye, CON
113. Hon. Justice S. S. Alagoa, OFR
114. Hon. Justice Oyebola O. Ojo
115. Hon. Justice S. U. Dikko
116. Hon. Justice Aminu Sabo Ringim
117. Prof. Ogugua V. C. Ikpeze
118. Prince Lateef Fagbemi, SAN
119. H. E. Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, CON
120. Mr. D. D. Dodo, OFR, SAN
121. Hon. Justice N. S. Ngwuta, CFR
122. Hon. Justice J. I. Okoro
123. Hon. Justice C. C. Nweze
124. Hon. Justice Abdul Aboki
125. Hon. Justice I. K. Banu
126. Hon. Justice Marshal Umukoro
127. Hon. Justice Ishaq Bello
128. Murtala Aliyu Kankia, Esq
129. Hon. Justice A. G. Mshelia
130. Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN
131. Hon. Justice S. D. Kawu
132. Hon. Justice M. L. Abimbola
133. Hon. Justice P. O. Nnadi
134. Uwemedimo Nwoko, Esq
135. Kaka Shehu Lawan, Esq
136. Mr. Sulaiman Usman, SAN
137. Dr. Francis Chuka Agbu, SAN
138. Chief Ferdinand Oshioke Orbih, SAN
139. Dr. T. C. Osanakpo, SAN
140. Hon. Justice Fati Lami Abubakar, CON
141. Mr. Joe Agi, SAN

(E) JUSTICES OF THE SUPREME COURT
1. Hon. Justice Dr. I.T. Muhammad, CFR – Chief Justice of Nigeria, LB
2. Hon. Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, CFR – Justice, Supreme Court, LB
3. Hon. Justice N.S. Ngwuta, CFR – Justice, Supreme Court, LB
4. Hon. Justice M. Peter Odili, CFR – Justice, Supreme Court, LB
5. Hon. Justice Olukayode Ariwoola – Justice, Supreme Court, LB
6. Hon. Justice M.D. Muhammad – Justice, Supreme Court, LB
7. Hon. Justice K.M.O. Kekere-Ekun – Justice, Supreme Court, LB
8. Hon. Justice J. I. Okoro – Justice, Supreme Court, LB
9. Hon. Justice C. C. Nweze – Justice, Supreme Court, LB
10. Hon. Justice Amina Augie, CON – Justice, supreme Court, LB
11. Hon. Justice Ejembi Eko – Justice, Supreme Court
12. Hon. Justice U. M. Abba Aji – Justice, Supreme Court, LB

(F) PRESIDING JUSTICES OF THE COURT OF APPEAL
1. Hon. Justice M. B. Dongban- Mensem – President, Court of Appeal, LB
2. Hon. Justice M.L. Garba – Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal, Lagos, LB
3. Hon. Justice R. C. Agbo – Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal, Owerri, LB
4. Hon. Justice J. O. Bada – Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal, Ibadan, LB
5. Hon. Justice H.M. Ogunwumiju – Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal, Benin, LB
6. Hon. Justice O. F. Omoleye – Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal, Akure, LB
7. Hon. Justice A.G. Mshelia – Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal, Jos
8. Hon. Justice Abdu Aboki – Presiding Justice Court of Appeal, Abuja, LB
9. Hon. Justice J. H. Sankey – Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal,
Gombe
10. Hon. Justice Ahmad O. Belgore – Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal, Makurdi
11. Hon. Justice I.M.M. Saulawa – Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal, Sokoto
12. Hon Justice I. I. Agube – Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal, Ilorin
13. Hon Justice A. A. B. Gumel – Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt
14. Hon. Justice M. A. Owoade – Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal, Calabar
15. Hon. Justice U. I. Ndukwe-Anyanwu – Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal, Asaba
16. Hon. Justice Dr. Hussein Mukhtar – Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal, Kaduna
17. Hon. Justice Chidi N. Uwa – Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal, Yola
18. Hon. Justice T. N. Orji-Abadua – Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal, Ekiti
19. Hon. Justice A. D. Yahaya – Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal, Kano
20. Hon Justice C. E. Nwosu-Iheme – Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal, Awka

(G) CHIEF JUDGE OF THE FEDERAL HIGH COURT
Hon. Justice John Tsoho
(H) CHIEF JUDGE OF THE FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY, ABUJA
Hon. Justice Ishaq Bello, LB
(I) CHIEF JUDGES OF STATES
1. Hon. Justice Onuoha A. K. Ogwe – Chief Judge, Abia State
2. Hon. Justice I. K. Banu – Chief Judge, Adamawa State, LB
3. Hon. Justice Godwin Abraham – Chief Judge, Akwa-Ibom State
4. Hon. Justice Onochie Manasseh – Chief Judge, Anambra State
5. Hon. Justice Rabi T. Umar – Chief Judge, Bauchi State
6. Hon. Justice Kate Abiri, CON – Chief Judge, Bayelsa State, LB
7. Hon. Justice Aondover Kakaan – Chief Judge, Benue State
8. Hon. Justice Kashim Zannah , OFR – Chief Judge, Borno State, LB
9. Hon. Justice Mourice Odey Eneji – (Ag) Chief Judge, Cross River State
10. Hon. Justice Marshal Umukoro – Chief Judge, Delta State, LB
11. Hon. Justice A. A. Nwaigwe – Chief Judge, Ebonyi State
12. Hon. Justice Esther Edigin – Chief Judge, Edo State
13. Hon. Justice A.S. Daramola – Chief Judge, Ekiti State, LB
14. Hon. Justice N. P. Emehelu – Chief Judge, Enugu State
15. Hon. Justice Muazu Pindiga – (Ag) Chief Judge, Gombe State
16. Hon. Justice Ijeoma Agugua – Chief Judge, Imo State
17. Hon. Justice Aminu S. Ringim – Chief Judge, Jigawa State, LB
18. Hon. Justice Mohammed Lawal Bello – Chief Judge, Kaduna State
19. Hon. Justice Nura S. Umar – Chief Judge, Kano State
20. Hon. Justice M. D. Abubakar – Chief Judge, Katsina State
21. Hon. Justice Suleiman Ambursa – Chief Judge, Kebbi State
22. Hon. Justice Henry Olusuyi – (Ag) Chief Judge, Kogi State
23. Hon. Justice Sulyman Kawu – Chief Judge, Kwara State, LB
24. Hon. Justice Kazeem Alogba – Chief Judge, Lagos State
25. Hon. Justice Suleiman U. Dikko – Chief Judge, Nasarawa State, LB
26. Hon. Justice Aisha A.L.B. Bwari – (Ag) Chief Judge, Niger State
27. Hon. Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu – Chief Judge, Ogun State
28. Hon. Justice O. O. Akeredolu – Chief Judge, Ondo State
29. Hon. Justice Oyebola A. Ojo – Chief Judge, Osun State, LB
30. Hon. Justice Munta L. Abimbola – Chief Judge, Oyo State, LB
31. Hon. Justice Yakubu G. Dakwak – Chief Judge, Plateau State
32. Hon. Justice A. I. Iyayi-Lamikanra – Chief Judge, Rivers State
33. Hon. Justice Saídu Sifawa – Chief Judge, Sokoto State
34. Hon. Justice Philibus Andhetur – Chief Judge, Taraba State
35. Hon. Justice Gumna Kasim Kaigama – Chief Judge, Yobe State
36. Hon. Justice Kulu Aliyu – Chief Judge, Zamfara State, LB

(J) HON. ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE FEDERATION AND MINISTER OF JUSTICE
Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, LB
(K) HON. ATTORNEYS GENERAL OF THE 36 STATES OF THE FEDERATION
1. Chief Uche Iheduwa – Hon. Attorney General, Abia State
2. A. K. Jingi, Esq – Hon. Attorney General, Adamawa State
3. Uwemedimo Nwoko, Esq – Hon. Attorney General, Akwa Ibom, LB
4. Dr. M. I Uju Nwogu – Hon. Attorney General, Anambra State
5. Yakubu Bello Kirfi, Esq – Hon. Attorney General, Bauchi State
6. Andrew S. Arthur, Esq – Hon. Attorney General, Bayelsa State
7. Michael Gusa, Esq – Hon. Attorney General, Benue State
8. Kaka Shehu Lawan, Esq – Hon. Attorney General, Borno State, LB
9. Tanko Ashang, Esq – Hon. Attorney General, Cross River State
10. Peter Mrakpor, Esq – Hon. Attorney General, Delta State
11. Cletus Ofoke, Esq – Hon. Attorney General, Ebonyi State
12. Prof. Yinka Omorogbe – Hon. Attorney General, Edo State
13. Wale Fapohunda, Esq – Hon. Attorney General, Ekiti State
14. Chief Miletus Eze – Hon. Attorney General, Enugu State
15. Zubairu Mohammad Umar, Esq – Hon. Attorney General, Gombe State
16. Chief C.O.C. Akaolisa – Hon. Attorney General, Imo State
17. Musa Adamu Aliyu, Esq – Hon. Attorney General Jigawa State
18. Mrs. Aisha Dikko – Hon. Attorney General, Kaduna State
19. M. A. Lawan, Esq – Hon. Attorney General, Kano State
20. Ahmad U.M. El-Marzuq, Esq – Hon. Attorney General Katsina State
21. Mrs. Ramatu Adamu Gulma – Hon. Attorney General, Kebbi State
22. Mr. Ibrahim S. Mohammed, SAN – Hon. Attorney General, Kogi State
23. Ayinla Jawondo, Esq – Hon. Attorney General, Kwara State
24. Mr. Moyo J. Onigbanjo, SAN – Hon. Attorney General, Lagos State
25. Dr. Abdulkarim A. Kana – Hon. Attorney General, Nasarawa State
26. Nasara Dan-Mallam, Esq – Hon. Attorney General, Niger State
27. Gbolahan Adeniran, Esq – Hon. Attorney General, Ogun State
28. Mr. Adekola Olawoye, SAN – Hon. Attorney General, Ondo State
29. Akande Oluwafemi, Esq – Hon. Attorney General, Osun State
30. Prof. Oyelowo Oyewo – Hon. Attorney General, Oyo State
31. Chrisantus Ahmadu, Esq – Hon. Attorney General, Plateau State
32. Dr. Zacchaeus Adango – Hon. Attorney General, Rivers State
33. Mr. Sulaiman Usman, SAN – Hon. Attorney General, Sokoto State, LB
34. Yusuf N. Akirikween, Esq – Hon. Attorney General Taraba State
35. Sale Samanja, Esq – Hon. Attorney General, Yobe State
36. Nura Zarumi, Esq – Hon. Attorney General, Zamfara State

(L) CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL OF LEGAL EDUCATION
Chief Emeka Ngige, SAN
(M) PRESIDENT NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION
Olumide Akpata, Esq
(N) REPRESENTATIVES, NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION
1. George Etomi, Esq
2. Mazi Afam Osigwe
3. Chief Ifedayo Adedipe, SAN
4. Mr. Anthony George-Ikoli, SAN
5. Chief Offiong E. B. Offiong, SAN
6. Mrs. Olufunmi Oluyede
7. Prof. Isa Hayatu Chiroma, SAN
8. Razak Osayiande Isenalumhe, Esq
9. Mrs. Gloria Umoren
10. Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN
11. Prof. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, OON
12. Prof. Musa G. Yakubu, OFR, SAN
13. Mr. Solomon Umoh, SAN

(O) BENCHERS UNDER SECTION 3(1)(L)
1. Boss Mustapha, Esq
2. Mohammed A. Abubakar, Esq
3. Mr. Mike Mamman Osuman, SAN
4. Kunle Uthman, Esq
5. Mohammed Babangida Umar, Esq
6. Abdullahi Ahmed Yola, Esq
7. Mrs. Bilkisu A. Bashir
8. Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara
9. Hon. Justice Babatunde Adejumo, OFR
10. A. G. Saleh, Esq

(P) CHAIRMEN OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY COMMITTEES ON JUDICIARY
1. Sen. Michael Opeyemi Bamidele
2. Hon. Onofiok A. Luke
(Q) SECRETARY, BODY OF BENCHERS
Daniel M. Tela, Esq

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