*assures of his continued support to Gombe sons and daughters to reach zenith of chosen careers
By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State is excited over the elevation of his Commissioner for Special Duties, Barrister Mela Audu Nunghe to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
This was expressed in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity), Ismaila Uba Misilli, made available on Sunday November 15, 2020.
A consummate, industrious and purposeful barrister, solicitor and notary public with over 35 years of experience in civil, criminal and corporate practice, Mela Nunghe was among the 72 senior lawyers awarded the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria ( SAN) by the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee, headed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria at the body’s 143rd plenary session.
This honour is coming barely a week after another Gombe illustrious son, Justice Adamu Jauro was sworn-in as the first Justice of the Supreme Court from the state, and less than one year since the establishment of a Court of Appeal Division in Gombe- a development that has seen the state unprecedentedly registering enviable presence in the judicial map of reckoning – all courtesy of Governor Inuwa Yahaya’s positive disposition and relentless efforts in that direction.
Governor Yahaya attributed Barisiter Nunghe’s new feat to his outstanding pedigree, remarkable courtcraft, determination and dedication to the legal profession as well as his commitment to the pursuit of justice.
The Governor who observed that the award is a mark of recognition for members of the legal profession who have distinguished themselves, said with his elevation to the inner bar, Nunghe has written his name on the sands of history and joined the hall of fame as the first Gombe state indigene to have attained this exalted rank. While noting that Barrister Nunghe has contributed a lot to the development of law in Nigeria through dint of hardwork and determination, Governor Yahaya hailed him for replicating his sterling performance in Gombe state by making valuable and immense contribution as a member of the state Executive Council.
He said that the rank of SAN is an important one that carries with it some degree of privilege and influence, urging the SAN-designate to bring to bear his ingenuity, wealth of experience and vast legal knowledge as well as keep the Gombe flag flying high at the inner bar.
The Governor guaranteed the support and solidarity of the government and people of Gombe state to the legal luminary in particular, and to all professionals and the citizenry in general to reach the pinnacle of their respective careers.