George Etomi & Partners (GE&P) has announced the demise of one of its Partners, Mr. Sotonye Inyeinengi-Etomi.

A former Special Assistant to then Minister of Transport, Dr. Abiye Sekibo, the deceased senior lawyer’s expertise is reputed to have extended to “drafting of the CABOTAGE Guidelines and Regulations as Chairman of the Ministerial Committee.”

The full text of the announcement reads:

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our esteemed Partner, Mr. Sotonye Inyeinengi-Etomi.

Sotonye joined our firm soon after he was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1988, after which he rose to become Partner and was instrumental to the establishment of our Port Harcourt branch where he served as Managing Partner.

Sotonye leaves behind a distinguished legal career spanning various commercial transactions and a myriad of different industries. His professional impact goes well beyond just his work at our firm. He took a sabbatical from the firm to take up appointment as Special Assistant to then Honourable Minister of Transport Dr. Abiye Samuel Precious Sekibo where he played a pivotal role in numerous Economic Reform Committees, contributing to the Expression of Interest on Port Concession and chairing the Finance and other Related Matters Sub Committee on Ports Reform. His leadership extended to the drafting of the CABOTAGE Guidelines and Regulations as Chairman of the Ministerial Committee.

Before re-joining our firm, he served with distinction at the Nigerian Ports Authority, where his illustrious career saw him hold various key positions, including General Manager of Special Duties, Eastern Ports, Acting Executive Director of Marine and Operations, General Manager of Corporate & Strategic Planning, and Regional Coordinator of Eastern Ports. His expertise extended to legal matters, as he assumed the role of General Manager, Legal and Company Secretary.

We remember Sotonye not only for his professional achievements but also for the warmth and kindness he brought to our workplace. His legacy is etched in the milestones he achieved and the lives he touched throughout his remarkable career.

His absence leaves a void that will be profoundly felt by all who had the privilege of working alongside him. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time.

Sotonye was the brother of our Founder and Principal Partner Mr. George Etomi.

May his soul Rest in Perfect Peace.

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