Appeal Court Judge Slumps, Dies in Ondo

A Justice of the Court of Appeal, sitting in Akure, the Ondo State capital, Justice Lokulo-Sodipe, is dead.

The justice was said to have slumped in his office on Monday while dressing up to attend a court session.

It was gathered that all attempts to revive him proved abortive as he reportedly gave up the ghost on the way to the hospital.

He died at the age of 67.

The immediate past Chairman of the Akure branch of the Nigeria Bar Association, Mr. Rotimi Olorunfemi, confirmed the incident on a WhatsApp platform.

He simply said, “Just confirmed it (the judge’s death) is true. He collapsed in the office at the Court of Appeal, Akure this (Monday) morning. Was rushed to the hospital but confirmed DOA (Dead on Arrival)”

In a reaction, the incumbent chairman of the Akure branch of NBA, Mr. Banji Ayenakin, in a statement, said the death of the justice came as a shock

The statement read, “The news of the demise of Justice Lokulo-Sodipe came to me as a rude shock. My Lord was a quintessential judge, very intelligent and forthright.

“I commiserate with his family and the President of the Court of Appeal, Nigeria. The entire members of NBA Akure will surely miss his promptness, forthrightness and commitment to the development of justice in Nigeria.”

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