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THE sun set on Monday for a judge of the High Court of Lagos State, Justice Oluwatoyin Maryanne Falase(nee Akerele)
THE sun set on Monday for a judge of the High Court of Lagos State, Justice Oluwatoyin Maryanne Falase (nee Akerele). She died in South Africa after a long battle with Lukeamia. The late Justice Falase turned 51 on May 3, 2006.
Born on May 3, 1955, she attended Children Home School, Ibadan between 1960 and 1965; Abidna Primary School 1965-1968, and Queens College, Lagos, 1968-1972. After her secondary school, she proceeded to Northwood College, Middles-x, England, 1973-1975, and University of Lagos, 1975-1978.
The late Justice Falase was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1979. She also obtained her masters degree in law from the London School of Economics and also masters in business administration from American University.
She started her legal career at the Akin Delano chambers Lagos before moving to Chief FRA Williams Chambers where she was a leading counsel between 1987 and 1991.
The late Justice Falase was Lagos State Solicitor General between 1992 and 1994; Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Lagos State 1994-1997. She was appointed to the Lagos State High Court Bench on September 17, 1998.
A well respected and amiable judge, Justice Falase, despite the fact of her sickness served the Lagos State Judiciary to the very end. Early in the year when the state governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu presented magistrates in the state with 50 cars, she still delivered the vote of thanks. Her last job in the high court was as a probe to judge.
Right now, the Lagos State Judiciary is making efforts to plan a befitting burial for her. Sources close to her family told The Guardian that her husband and children were with her in South Africa when she passed on. Efforts are now being made to bring her remains back to Nigeria.