Festus Egwarewa Keyamo, 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
NAME: Festus Egwarewa Keyamo (SAN)
DATE OF BIRTH: 21 January 1970
PLACE OF BIRTH: Ughelli, a town in Delta State
EDUCATION: 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.
CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:
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 establish Festus Keyamo Chambers.
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.
In 2008, he took the Federal Government of Nigeria to court over illegal appointments of service chiefs
ACHIEVEMENTS: Legal activism
HONORS AND AWARDS: Keyamo was approved as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria. (06 July 2017)