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Festus Keyamo

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Nationality  Nigerian
Years active  1993 - present
Ethnicity  Urhobo
Known for  Legal activism
Citizenship  Nigerian
Name  Festus Keyamo
Occupation  Lawyer

Full Name  ()21 January 1970

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Festus Keyamo (born 21 January 1970) is a Nigerian lawyer - a Senior Advocate of Nigeria SAN, social crusader, critic, columnist and human rights activist. He was named by the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee (LPPC), Nigeria in July 2017 as one of the outstanding Nigerian lawyers to be awarded the rank of SAN. Keyamo and others named on the 2017 SAN-list were inaugurated into the elevated league of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN) in September 2017.


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Early life


He was born on January 21, 1970 at Ughelli, a town in Delta State southern Nigeria but his father hails from Effurun, a city in Warri. Keyamo had his primary education at Model Primary School and secondary education at Government College, Ughelli, where he obtained the West African School Certificate in 1986. He later proceeded to Ambrose Alli University at Ekpoma, in Edo State southern Nigeria where he received a Bachelor of Law degree in 1992 and was called to the Nigerian Bar on December 1993.

Legal career

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He began his legal career in 1993 at Gani Fawehinmi's Chambers in Lagos State, southwestern Nigeria. After he spent two years at Gani Fawehinmi's chambers, he left to established Festus Keyamo Chambers.

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He was counsel to the leader of the Niger-Delta Peoples’ Volunteer Force, Mujahid Dokubo-Asari in his trial for treasonable felony and lead counsel in the treason trial of Ralph Uwazuruike, the leader of the Movement For The Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB). Keyamo was also a counsel in the murder of Bola Ige.

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In 2008, he took the Federal Government of Nigeria to court over illegal appointments of service chiefs.

In 2017, Stephanie Otobo, a Canadian-based singer and stripper, accused Apostle Suleman Johnson, through her lawyer Festus Keyamo, of failing to keep a marriage promise made to her after allegedly having several sexual relationships with her.


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