Deceased Court of Appeal jurist, Justice Raphael Agbo is to be buried on October 6, 2023 at his home town in Obollo-Eke, Enugu State. This is exactly 15 days from his original retirement date of October 21, 2023.

A notice seen by CITY LAWYER shows that the late appellate court judge would be buried at his home town after a Valedictory Court Session at the Court of Appeal Complex, Park Avenue, GRA, Enugu on October 4, 2023.

This will be preceded by a Christian Wake Keep at his Enugu residence on Monday, September 25, 2023 by 5 pm.

Admitted to the Bar in 1978, Justice Agbo was the second ranking justice of the Court of Appeal before his death.

He was appointed to the Court of Appeal bench in 2005 after a chequered career as a judicial officer.

CITY LAWYER recalls that former Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi had recently named the Enugu State Multi-Door Courthouse after the jurist who hails from the state, saying it is “honour well-deserved.”

In perhaps his last major judgment, Agbo had led a Court of Appeal panel which upheld the conviction of Senator Bassey Akpan, the governorship candidate of Young Progressives Party (YPP) in Akwa Ibom State, over money laundering charges. The court also ordered Akpan’s arrest.

The panel, sitting in Calabar, however varied the sentence by granting the appellant an option of fine.

“The court also affirmed that the appellant should restitute the sum of N240 million to the federal government through the EFCC and that the said restitution shall not be a prerequisite for his release from the correctional facility,” an Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) statement noted. “The court finally revoked the bail and ordered the arrest of Senator Akpan.”

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