Barrister Lateef Fagbemi, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, has donated five million Naira to the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ibadan branch to be distributed to 250 young lawyers of Ibadan Ibadan Bar with one to seven years post-call at the rate of N20, 000 each
Fagbemi in a letter to the bar stated that the donation is in a bid to cushion the challenge the stay-at-home order will pose for young lawyers.
He also expressed his wish that the bar credits all beneficiaries before the week runs out as he has paid the sum of five million into the NBA welfare fund account domiciled with Access Bank Plc with number 0717526149, to serve as relief package to the Ibadan Young Lawyers Forum.
“Everybody is aware that the government has ordered citizens to stay at home during this trying period of our national life in order to tame the scourge of the nuisance called coronavirus otherwise called COVID-19.
“While one appreciates the efforts of the government to contain this pandemic disease, one cannot shy away from or gloss over the challenge of hardship posed to our junior colleagues as a result of the lockdown,” the letter read.
The Ibadan Bar had earlier captured the names of 240 young lawyers within the one to seven years post-call range to benefit from the goodwill of the senior advocate but Fagbemi added more to cover for 10 extra young lawyers.