Senior Advocate of Nigeria: Oyetola congratulates Adegoke, Ogala, Akinosun

Senior Advocate of Nigeria: Oyetola congratulates Adegoke, Ogala, Akinosun
Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State

Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of the State of Osun has congratulated a distinguished son of the State, Mr Kunle Rasheed Adegoke, on his elevation to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) by the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee, LLPC.

Oyetola in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, also congratulated a former National Legal Adviser of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Babatunde Ogala, and Oladapo Akinosun who were also conferred with the SAN title.

The governor said he was excited by the elevation of the three eminent legal practitioners, noting that they were all deserving of the honour as they had demonstrated professionalism and high level of integrity, and contributed to the growth of the legal profession in Nigeria.

“On behalf of the Government and the good people of Osun, I felicitate a worthy son of Osun, Kunle Rasheed Adegoke, on his elevation to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) by the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee, LLPC.

“I also congratulate a former National Legal Adviser of our party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr. Babatunde Ogala, and Oladapo Akinosun who were also awarded with the prestigious SAN title.

“I am happy for the trio for this milestone achievement of reaching the peak of the legal profession. Over the years, they have all proved to be agents of social re-engineering and have demonstrated high level of professionalism and integrity. They have also contributed to the growth of the legal profession in Nigeria” the Osun state governor noted.

“I have no doubt that this well-deserved honour will spur them and others who have been conferred with the SAN rank, to continue to reach for greater heights,” Oyetola said.

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A press statement by the Embassy on Friday, said: “During the visit, Townsend met with the Nigerian President’s Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari, and National Security Adviser, Babagan Monguno, to discuss regional security issues and to express the command’s gratitude for the assistance provided during a hostage rescue operation last year.

“When we asked for their help, the Nigerian government answered the call. Our hostage recovery mission in October would have been impossible without their support.

“They quickly provided assistance that helped the U.S. military to save an American life. That is a strong example of our partnership with Nigeria.”

Townsend also met with senior military officials, including the Minister of Defence, Bashir Salihi Magash, and the Chief of Defence Staff, General Leo Irabor, to talk about on-going cooperation in the region and greater maritime security and threat mitigation.

Nigeria is a key partner in countering violent extremist organizations throughout the Lake Chad Basin.

Townsend said furthermore: “The bilateral relationship between Nigeria and the U.S. is built on several pillars including security cooperation.

“U.S. Africa Command will do our part to advance the security cooperation pillar, so that Nigerians can enjoy the more secure future they all deserve.”

As close partners, the U.S. and Nigeria have worked at ensuring the collaborative relationship continues to grow to include a commitment to interoperability. Nigeria purchased 12 A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft, which will be delivered later this year.

“Nigeria’s purchase of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft is another example of their commitment to interoperability and security in the region,” he added. “Our economic relationship with Nigeria is already strong, and we look forward to the continued strengthening of security relationships. Nigeria’s leaders understand the importance of a collaborative approach to ensuring stability in West Africa and partnering on areas of mutual interest.”

The Commander also met with the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard.

Leonard said: “General Townsend’s visit to Nigeria demonstrates the strategic importance the United States places on our bilateral relationship with Nigeria.

“Our security cooperation partnership with Nigeria’s military will strengthen the country’s capabilities to secure land and sea borders, enhance overall security, and combat terrorism in the North East.”

As part of the visit, Townsend participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Nigeria Military National Cemetery to honour those who have given their lives in the service of their nation.

During the visit, the delegation expressed their condolences for the seven service men killed in the crash of a Nigerian Air Force aircraft in Abuja.