Nigeria’s Supreme Court jurist, Justice Samuel Chukwudumebi Oseji is dead.
According to a trending post by factional Chairman of the Mid-West Bar Forum, Chief Chike Onyemenam SAN, the news was broken to lawyers who were at the Supreme Court today for their cases.
He said: “Good morning my beloved Members of the Mid-West Bar Forum. My heart is completely broken as the Supreme Court Justices called a few of us into Chambers now to inform us of the passing on of our dearly beloved Hon. Justice S.C. Oseji, J.S.C. Please pray for his peaceful repose and for his wife and Family.”
An online blog, NIGER DELTA TODAY (NDT) reported that the respected jurist “died on Monday night after a brief illness.”
When CITY LAWYER telephoned Onyemenam for confirmation, he said: “It is true, Sir. We were formally notified by the Supreme Court Justices today in Court.”
Also, the Acting Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Hajo Sarki Bello told CITY LAWYER that “We lost a justice of the Supreme Court.” Asked whether the jurist is Justice Oseji, she said: “Yes. He’s gone.”
Justice Oseji hails from Idumuje-Unor community in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State.
In a tribute to Justice Oseji during a dinner in his honour last year, former Attorney-General & Minister of Justice, Chief Kanu Agabi SAN wrote: “Congratulations, Justice Oseji. Your patience has paid off. Your honesty has paid off. Your resilience has paid off. Your intelligence and devotion have paid off. And so has your humility. You have been calm and devoted and now you can testify that the Lord, He is God. Therefore we join you in giving thanks to the Lord who has been with you in every trouble. We join you in thanking Him who has never left you unsatisfied. We join you in thanking the Lord who from the beginning has been sufficient, who renews your strength and who will see you through to the end as you embark on this monumental assignment.”
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