With the onset of colonialism in Nigeria and the establishment of courts, the English system of adjudication set in with the English trained lawyers who were either barristers at law, solicitors or both in 1866, the first lawyer was enrolled in Nigeria. The first indigenous lawyer, Christopher Sapara Williams, enrolled in 1888. Ever since the lawyers have always met as a group especially in Lagos the capital of Nigeria. The met as Nigerian Bar Association and were headed by a leader called Chairman. They were:
After the 1960 Annual General Conference, the leader of the Nigerian Bar Association was changed from “Chairman “ to President and Chief FRA Williams, O.C. SAN was elected president and the vice president went to his co-contestant, Chief GCM Onyiuke O.C.SAN. At that time, there were no branches and members of Alhaji Jubril Martins executive included lawyers from far flung paths of Nigeria like Aba.
THE PRESIDENTS WERE:
It is likely that branches sprang after the 1960 conference and no branch could claim existence before then.