Eminent Law scholar and former Dean of the Faculty of Law, BAZE University, Prof. Chris Chijioke Ohuruogu will be buried in his Akabo, Owerri, Imo State home on June 14, 2024.

According to a statement by the family, funeral service will hold for the highly decorated legal scholar on June 14 at 11 o’clock at Saint Andrew’s Anglican Church, Akabo, Owerri, Imo State.

Meanwhile, Service of Songs will be held for the departed Law teacher on Tuesday, 4th June, 2024 at 9 Okey Ogbodo Street, Market Garden, GRA, Enugu at 4 p. m.

Ohuruogu has been renowned as a Lawyer, Law Teacher and Consultant. He attended the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) for his Bachelor of Law degree and received a Master of Laws degree from the University of Lagos. He attended the Nigerian Law School and was called to Bar in 1989. He was a Visiting Scholar and Teaching Fellow at the Human Rights Institute, Columbia University Law School, New York, USA between 2002 and 2003.

He is an alumnus of several international institutions and programmes including the Forced Migration and Human Rights Law Programme at the American University in Cairo (then under Barbara Harrell-Bond OBE); the International Law Programme of the Human Rights Institute of the University of Pretoria in South Africa; the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France; International Institute of Humanitarian Law in San Remo, Italy, and the Center for the Teaching of Human Rights Law (CIEDHU) in Strasbourg France, among others.

The law scholar was a prize winner and recipient of several Fellowship and Scholarship awards, including being the first recipient of the C. S. Ola’s Prize for the Best Graduating Student in the Law of Taxation (Obafemi Awolowo University; Summer Institute of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) New York, and the Columbia University in New York (June 2004).

Ohuruogu was a growth-minded, visionary lawyer and law professor with over 30 years of experience in elevating law department performance, curriculum development, strategic planning, and instructional design for a variety of courses.

He is reputed as a relationship-driven leader with a proven track record in professional development, programme development, and cross-functional team building. He was highly motivated to utilize interpersonal skills and passion to impact organizations through a dynamic leadership. He practised law fully for nine years before venturing into academics.

He was a Senior Consultant with Access to Justice, and delivered key insights for the EU-Funded and British Council/Rule of Law, Anti-Corruption (ROLAC) implemented programme delivered by Access to Justice.

Aside from his stint at Columbia University Law School, Human Rights Institute (August 2002-May 2003) as a Visiting Scholar & Human Rights Teaching Fellow, Ohuruogu was a Professor and Dean of Law at Benson Idahosa University between 2007 and 2013.

He was a Senior Lecturer in Law at Enugu State University of Science and Technology (2004-2007) and Lecturer at Lagos State University (1997-2004). Between 2014 and 2016, the eminent Law Teacher was a Professor of Law at the College of Law, Afe Babalola University (ABUAD).

Renowned as a highly cerebral legal scholar, Ohuruogu received many honours and awards during his illustrious career. These include the UNITAR Scholarship for the 2004 Summer Institute, New York, USA; International Institute of Human Rights’ Scholarship for 35th training session, France, 2004; International Institute of Humanitarian Law Award for 28th training course (2003); ICRC Scholarship for Humanitarian Law for University Teachers (2004); Good Governance Program Scholarship to attend the International Law Course at the University of Pretoria (2005); Scholarship to attend the 43rd Academy of American and International Law (May 28 to June 30 2006) Texas, USA, and Xiamen Academy of International Law Full Scholarship (July 2009).

A member of many professional bodies, the popular Law teacher has also served Nigeria in several capacities, including Member, Federal Government Visitation Panel to the University of Jos, 2014-2017 and 2018-2021; Facilitator at conferences of the ECOWAS Court of Justice since 2018; Member, Board of Trustees, Obafemi Awolowo University Law Alumni; Member, Committee of Experts on International Humanitarian Law in consultation with the ICRC (Nigeria) since 2009), Member, Committee of Experts on Statelessness, in consultation with the UNHCR (Abuja), and Member, Advisory Board, Nigerian Law School Alumni Association, Class of 1989.

Others are Member, Team of Resource persons to the Ports Consultative Council, Nigeria (2004 to date); Member, Task Force on the Enactment of Cabotage Law in Nigeria (2002-2003); Member, Board of Trustees, Access to Justice (1999 to 2005); Chairman, Lawyers Committee of the Legal Defense Center, Lagos (2002-2005); Consultant, Center for Human Rights, Constitutionalism and Peace Owerri (2006); Member, Nigeria Red Cross Society, Sector, and Consultant to RCN in Juba, Southern Sudan on the Review of Training Manuals for Legal Officers of the Ministry of Law and Constitutional Development, 2008.

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