“We have lost a distinguished jurist; Afam Osigwe, SAN, pays tribute to the Late Hon. Justice Theresa Ngolika Orji-Abadua”

I was shocked to learn about the passing of the distinguished Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal Benin division, Hon. Justice Theresa Ngolika Orji-Abadua. Her sudden departure leaves a void in the legal fraternity that will be difficult to fill.

Justice Orji-Abadua was not just a jurist; she was a beacon of integrity, wisdom, and compassion. Her dedication to the pursuit of justice was evident in every decision she rendered and every case she presided over. With her passing, we have lost a stalwart defender of the rule of law and a true servant of justice.

Born on the 15th of October 1959, Justice Orji-Abadua’s journey in the legal profession was marked by excellence and commitment. From her studies at the London Metropolitan University and the Nigeria Law School to her elevation to the Court of Appeal in 2008, she exemplified the highest standards of legal scholarship and professionalism.

Her contributions to the legal community, particularly in the Benin division, were invaluable. She approached her duties with diligence, fairness, and impartiality, earning the respect and admiration of colleagues, lawyers, and litigants alike.

As we reflect on Justice Orji-Abadua’s legacy, let us remember her not only for her legal acumen but also for her kindness and generosity of spirit. She touched the lives of many with her warmth and grace, leaving behind a legacy that will endure for generations to come.

In this time of mourning, let us honor her memory by rededicating ourselves to the principles she held dear: justice, fairness, and the rule of law. May her soul rest in eternal peace.


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