It was encomium, praises, and without a doubt, a celebration of daily life as the Lagos State Judiciary very last Wednesday held an honorary Valedictory Court docket Session for the ninth Main Decide of the Condition, late Justice Samuel Omotunde Ilori, at the premises of the Ikeja High Court.
Ilori, who passed absent on October 12, 2021 was also the fourth Lagos State Director of Community Prosecutions, and the fifth Solicitor-Basic and Lasting Secretary of the Lagos Condition Ministry of Justice. He became the ninth Chief Judge of Lagos Point out in 1997, and retired from the Bench on January 5, 1999. He was the initially Chief Choose, to introduce the electronic recording of courtroom proceedings in Nigeria.
Honouring Ilori, the then Governor of Lagos Condition, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN on Could 12, 2015 named the Magistrates Court docket in Ogba right after him. He was the 1st former Chief Decide to be honoured by Lagos State, during his life span.
Talking, at the well attended occasion, the Lagos Point out Main Decide, Kazeem Alogba who was represented by Justice Toyin Oyekan-Abdullahi, the Admin Judge of the Lagos Division of the Lagos State Significant Court docket, claimed that the late Ilori will be sorely skipped by the lawful neighborhood, specially past and existing Judges of Lagos Condition.
Justice Alogba further more explained the deceased, as a reformer and a very great mentor to the Judiciary.
The Legal professional-Normal of Lagos Point out, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, reported Ilori had a stellar job at the Ministry of Justice where he served for 11 decades. Onigbanjo who was also represented by Ms Titilayo Shitta-Bey, the Solicitor-Basic and Long term Secretary of the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, also described Ilori’s meritorious provider as a Choose.
“In his 16 years of support as a Judge, no 1 remaining his courtroom with any question that they gained substantial justice according to the legislation.
“Under his leadership as the ninth Main Judge of Lagos Point out, the Lagos Judiciary remained a pacesetter, with the introduction of verbatim courtroom recording devices to enhance economical justice delivery”, the A-G stated.
A retired Justice of the Supreme Courtroom, Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour symbolizing the Physique of Benchers at the occasion, stated that the late Ilori was an attained Jurist.
“I learnt a whole lot from him. I joined him at the Lagos Higher Courtroom as a Choose, and he became the final Main Judge of Lagos Point out of the past century.
“While his Lordship was the Chief Decide, he was a revered Jurist and administrator. A person excellent feature of his Lordship when presiding, was his calmness, persistence, notice to depth of proof and conditions in advance of him.
“The Lagos Point out Legislation Reviews are replete with his judgements. We rejoice a lifestyle nicely spent”, Rhodes-Vivour claimed.
A agent of the Physique of Senior Advocates of Nigeria, Main Mrs Abimbola Williams Akinjide, SAN explained herself as previous classmate of the deceased at the Nigerian Legislation School Course of 1964. She noted that Ilori experienced a distinguished 30-yr job in community and non-public service, and was incredibly active in authorized apply after his retirement as a Decide.
“He ought to have experienced law in his DNA he fathered 11 small children, five of whom read through regulation, and two turned Judges Justice Olusola Williams and Justice Yemisi Adelaja”, she stated.
Responding to the tributes, a daughter of the deceased, Ms Oluwakemi Ilori, expressed gratitude on behalf of the household.
“He lived a life that he totally savored. His existence was an inspiration to us his young children. My father would have succeeded in any occupation that he selected. He was a pretty extensive, meticulous and excellent.
“We miss him dearly, he instilled values in us that designed us recognize what it is to dwell a worthy daily life. We are mourning, but we are so blessed to have this kind of a excellent person as our father”, she reported.