ACP Lough: Nigeria Police’s First Senior Advocate

By Denen IyorhenOn 8th December, 2021, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP)Simon Asamber Lough, made history as the first officer of the Nigeria Police to take oath as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
He took the oath alongside 71 other lawyers comprising 10 academics and 62 advocates. The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Muhammad, administered the oath at the Supreme Court, which also marks the commencement of the 2022 legal year of the apex court.
ACP Lough is presently serving at the Force Legal Department of the Nigeria Police, Louis Edet House, Force Headquarters, Abuja.

Called to the Nigerian Bar, the largest Bar in Africa in 2001, ACP Lough is a law graduate of the University of Jos. He has therefore, made it into the inner Bar, having garnered two decades of lost Bar call.
By this development, ACP Lough is cloth with the basic responsibilities of looking after the works of the junior advocates and also tackle the complex legal transactions, identifying the legal issues, offering the business and its consumers’ optimum solutions.
It must be noted that the rank of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) is awarded as a mark of excellence to members of the legal profession who have distinguished themselves as advocates and academics.
What this means is that ACP Lough, has been found worthy in excellence and has distinguished himself even as a police officer, in handling legal matters and advocacy in court.
In fact and indeed, ACP Lough, has over the years represented the Nigeria Police as a prosecution counsel in many high-profile cases, securing daring convictions. As such, distinguishing himself as a thoroughbred, outstanding and dogged crusader for justice and a firm upholder of human rights.
Born in 1969, ACP Lough, who hails from Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State is seen as one of the shining lights in the Nigeria Police.
It is thought of that his elevation is a boost to the dented image of the Force and a motivation for more lawyer-cops to strive.
There are uplifting stories of those who have reason to come into contact with the learned silk, either in courtroom or outside the courtroom, in the course of discharge of his duties.
His elevation to the privileged rank of SAN has therefore, not come to many as a surprise. To they, it is a further testimony of the fact that, in spite the often badly portrayed image of the Nigeria Police, there are still men and women of good standing within its officers and men.
This cheering development is coming three years, after in 2018 he was among the 61 Chief Superintendents of Police (CSP) to be promoted to the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) by the Police Service Commission (PSC).
Within his service to Nigeria as a Police officer, ACP Lough has worked with the Network of University Legal Aid Institutions (NULAI) Nigeria on Reforming Pretrial Detention in Nigeria (RPDN) Project and has been actively involved in the work of the RPDN Law Clinics to promote access to justice and speedy trial to pre-trial detainees at the Medium Security Custodial Centres in Keffi and Kuje respectively. 
The learned silk has also been involved in several interactive sessions with Law Clinicians from Baze University, Nile University, Nasarawa State University and University of Abuja Law Clinics where he provided valuable contributions to support and build the capacity of law students on the roles, responsibilities and ethics of prosecutors in the administration of criminal justice in Nigeria.

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It is indeed good to be the first and ACP Lough, SAN, has so made the history.

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