ENOBONG ETTEH, Esq.
ENOBONG ETTEH, Esq., a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. In 1984, Etteh gained admission into the University of Cross River (now University of Uyo) to read Political Science as a prelude to a Law degree. His foray into Political Science was, however, punctuated with the establishment of the Faculty of Law in his University. He was, therefore, one of the 3 pioneer Political Science students that transferred to the Faculty of Law to read Civil Law in 1985, where he graduated in 1988 with LL.B. (Hons.) and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1990.
He has been in active legal practice in Lagos since he was called to the bar. Having been in employment for seven years, he established the Chambers in Lagos under the name Enobong Etteh & Co. (Judah Chambers now Rocheba Solicitors) with branches in Uyo and Abuja. His special areas of practice include Labour Law, Commercial Law and Constitutional Law. He is a member of both the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and the Section on Business Law of NBA. He is currently the Chairman, Young Lawyers Welfare Committee, NBA, Lagos Branch.
He is committed to the development of Labour Law in Nigeria. Etteh’s current passion is to see reforms in labour legislations and labour justice the administration. In 2004, ROCHEBA Law Publishers came up with the publication of the Nigerian Labour Law Reports (N.L.L.R), with Etteh as the pioneer Publisher/Editor-in-Chief. It must be observed that the Law Report is the first and only specialized law report on employment and Labour Law in Nigeria. Incidentally, the Law Report is also the first in the West African sub-region. The Nigerian Labour Law Reports (N.L.L.R) has placed labour decisions of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, National Industrial Court, Federal High Court and the High Court in the hands not only of lawyers and judges but also of employers, employees, labour unions and industrial relations/human resources practitioners.
Barr. Etteh has made presentations before the Senate’s Public Hearing on the National Industrial Court Bill and the National Assembly’s Public Hearing on the Bill for the amendment of the 1999 Constitution. He is at present, a member of the National Industrial Court Rules Review Committee. He is seriously involved in organising or speaking at labour related seminars and workshops either directly or through the firm’s consulting outfit, ROCHEBA Consulting.
He is also the National Coordinator of the Campaign for Labour Justice Reform, which successfully canvassed for the amendment of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution in 2010-2011. By the Third Alteration to the said Constitution, the National Industrial Court has been included in the Nigerian Constitution as a superior court of record with exclusive and expanded civil and criminal jurisdiction over all employment, labour and industrial disputes. Now the National Industrial Court is the only Court in Nigeria to apply international conventions, treaties and protocols ratified by Nigeria without further domestication as required by Section 12 of the 1999 Constitution.
HILARY EKPO, Esq.
HILARY EKPO, Esq. attended University of Benin, Benin-city where he obtained his Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B Hons) in 1988. He proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, Lagos for his Barrister-at-Law (B.L) qualification and was called to the Nigerian Bar in November, 1989. His pupilage commenced at Rakiya Okpanichi and Company in Makurdi , Benue State in 1989 until 1990. His interest in politics and community service took him to Uyo Where he joined the firm of OKon A. OKon & Company 1990. A call to National Service led him to join one of the foremost regulatory institutions, the corporate Affairs Commission in Abuja in July, 1991 as one of it pioneers staff. He rose through the ranks from the position of Assistant REgistar to Principal Manager in the year 2007 when he voluntarily disengaged from the service of the Commission.
While at the Corporate Affairs Commission , Hilary was able to have a firm and practical knowledge of the provisions of the companies and Allied Matters Act. This helped him to be able to work through all the operational departments of the Commission e.g. Company’s, Registry, Compliance, Enforcement and Litigation, Business, Name Registry, Incorporated Trustees etc covering parts A, B and C of the Act.
At different intervals, Hilary, was posted to Head the commissions Zonal officers in Benin City, Owerri and Port Harcourt. This is where his skill in general administration was successful tested and put to effective and efficient use. He served at various committees and conferences and represents the commission at different periods. Not satisfied w with status quo ante and his quest for learning, he participated in several courses, seminars and workshops both within and outside the country in some foremost institutions such as Hendon Secretariat College, London; United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Nigerian Institute of Management; Nigerian Institute of Manpower Development and Industrial Relations; Nigerian Institute of Advance Legal Studies; Merijia Technologies, Acrra; Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON); The Byron Institute , Institute for Technology Innovation, Zayed University, Dubai; Companies House, Cardiff, UK; American University in Caria to mention just a few.
While in the Corporate Affairs Commission, Hilary was able to develop various skills and talents in various areas such as but not limited to advocacy and litigation, corporate governance issues, commercial `transactions, regulatory and compliance issues; secretarial administration, enforcement of regulations, mediation and reconciliation, investigation activities; Microsoft words, leadership etc.
Armed with these skills sand more, he has been able to permeate the legal and corporate world in his active practice in private. The Rocheba Group has provided the platform for this.
He belongs to a number of relevant professional bodies such as: Nigerian Bar Association – Member; Nigerian Institute of Management – Associates; Institute of Chartered Mediators & Conciliators – Member; Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK & Nigeria – Member; Institute of Corporate Administration of Nigeria; Fellow Negotiation and Conflict Management Group (NCMG)- Member; J. Reuben Clark Law Society (West Africa Chapter) – Member ; Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators – Student Member; Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates (SCMA) London – Member; International Bar Association, etc
DEBBIE G. ABU (MRS)
She is a graduate of the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State. She graduated from the said University in the year 2003. She was called to the Nigerian Bar 7th November, 2006 and has since been in active practice.
She joined the Rocheba Firm in the year 2012. She is the Assistant Managing Editor of the Nigerian Labour Law Reports. Her core of interest is Law Reporting.
BOLANLE KOMOLAFE, (MRS.)
She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the quintessential Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State in 2009. She finished from the Nigerian Law School and was called to the Nigerian bar in 2010. During her national service in Kano State, she practiced law at a reputable law firm and has continued to practice law with passion. She joined the law firm of Rocheba Solicitors in 2012.
PROMISE ASIKPO, Esq.
Promise joined Rocheba Solicitors as an Associate, upon his Call to Bar in October, 2011 and has since honed his skills in attaining his career aspirations in the legal profession. He is an ardent, well rounded advocate who, over the years of vigorous legal practice has developed cutting edge skills in the field of employment law practice, election law, commercial law, property law and fundamental rights enforcements. He contributes his industry in the advancement of the legal profession in Nigeria as an Assistant Editor of the Nigerian Labour Law Reports (NLLR). He also leads a team of legal aid volunteers.
Promise graduated from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where he obtained his L.L.B (Hons), in February, 2010. He obtained his B.L, from the Nigerian Law School in October, 2011 and was admitted to practice law as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
He is a member of several professional bodies including:
African Bar Association- March, 2015 (till date)
International Project Management Professionals- May, 2013 (till date)
Campaign for Labour Justice Reforms- October, 2011 (till date)
Editorial Board of Nigerian Labour Law Reports- October, 2011 (till date)
Nigerian Bar Association- October, 2011(till date)
Association of Professional Negotiators and Mediators- March, 2011 (till date).
OMOLOLU ADESANYA, Esq.
He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the University of Lagos, Akoka in the year 2012. He finished from the Nigerian Law School and was called to the Nigerian bar in 2013. His core areas of specialization are Labour Law, Property Law and International Law.
1. ICHARD KELANI, Esq., LL.B (Hons) B.L., Lagos office. Admitted 1985
2. ANIETI ETUK, Esq., LL.B (Hons) B.L., Uyo office. Admitted 1990.
3. ISANG UMANA, Esq., LL.B (Hons) LL.M. (Ife) B.L. Admitted: 1995.
Experience: He worked previously in the Chambers of Kehinde Sofola, SAN & Co. and also the Chambers of Agabi, Shinaba and Ogon. Counsel bagged a Masters degree in Aviation and Communication Law, International Maritime Law, Energy and Natural Resources Law and Intellectual Property Law from the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile Ife, Nigeria. He currently heads the Aviation and Maritime Law Department of the firm. Counsel has a good litigation practice that spans over about a decade.
4. AKINWALE EKUNNUSI, Esq., LL.B (Hons) B.L., Lagos office. Admitted: 2001.
Experience: He has been in active legal practice and litigation since call. He worked with Ajibulu Atiroko & Co, where he mostly handled property law matters, legal drafting and documentation. He has enjoyed a vast and robust practice in the firm and has appeared in virtually all the courts in Nigeria up to the Supreme Court.
Seminar/Workshop attended: Bill of Lading and Contract of Affreightment, organized by the Nigerian Shippers Council, May 2004.
Consultants to Chambers:
PROFESSOR EGERTON E. UVWIEGHARA (Professor of Law).
HON. JUSTICE B.O. OGUNNADE (RTD.).
OLUBUNMI SOGBADE (Miss)
OLUBUNMI SOGBADE (Miss) has HND in Banking and Finance from The Polytechnic, Ibadan in 2002. She joined the firm in 2004 and has risen through the ranks to the position of Head, Finance and Administration.
In the course of her employment, to better prepashe has acquired additional skills such as Legal Personnel Training in 2006, Law Library Management & Research Skills, 2008. When she’s not hard at work, she loves cooking, travelling and meeting people.
ABOSEDE OMOTAYO (Miss)
ABOSEDE OMOTAYO (Miss) joined the company in 2006 as Secretarial staff and has since been loyal and of immense benefit to the growth of the Company. She has a Diploma in Computer Studies and an Advanced Computer Studies Diploma from the Federal College of Education (Technical) Akoka in 2005. She has also attended para-legal seminars, namely; Daibo Paralegal Institute in 2008 and is currently undergoing a degree programme in International Relations and Personnel Management at the Lagos State University.
Abayomi is the Assistant Secretary to the Head of Practice. He studied Social Works at the University of Lagos, Akoka. In his spare time he enjoys watching football and loves to read and listen to music.