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12 UI graduates with first class from law school hailed by VC

The University of Ibadan has congratulated 12 of its graduates who made first class honours in the final bar examinations at the Nigerian Law School in the current session.

According to a statement by the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Idowu Olayinka, On Sunday, the feat attained by the new lawyers was a confirmation of the institution’s creed as contained in the second stanza of its anthem, which reads: “Greatness, won with honest toil.”

He urged students and alumni to always remember that “if it is from Ibadan, it must be of outstanding quality”. Olayinka said the performance was unprecedented in the school’s Faculty of Law’s 32-year history.

The first graduates of the faculty proceeded to the Law School in 1986. Noting that only five of the 12 graduates who made First Class at the Law School made First Class at the university, the vice-chancellor said it was a source of pride that the seven others made Second Class Upper Division at the university to join the league of high flyers at the Law School.

The vice chancellor hailed the lecturers in the faculty for giving their students a solid training.

He named the UI products with excellent performances as Joseph Ogunmodede (The Class Valedictorian during the 2017 Convocation at Ibadan), Afam Ikeakanam, Emeka Ezekwesiri, Yetunde Oyeyipo, Tosin Omobitan, Tosin Ogunbona, Olo Egbokhare and Feyikemi Fatumbi. Others are Zacheaus Akanni, Daphne Ekpe, Seyi Adebimpe-Ojo and Iyanuoluwa Alarape.

The statement further reads: “On behalf of the Council, Senate, management, workers and students of the University of Ibadan, it is our pleasure to specially congratulate 12 of our Year 2017 LLB graduates who earned First Class in their Final Bar Examinations of the Nigerian Law School.

“It is gratifying to note that only the first five Law graduates on this list were awarded First Class Honours by the University of Ibadan; the other seven equally outstanding graduates on this roll of honours finished with Upper Second Class at Ibadan.”

“While congratulating the 12 Law graduates and their other colleagues who were equally successful in the Final Bar Examinations, we acknowledge with pride the contributions of the Dean of Law and all the Faculty members at Ibadan for the very solid foundations they have provided for our students to excel and distinguish themselves. We do not take your support for granted”.

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