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Sofola dies at 83

Posted by By ADESINA AIYEKOTI on 2007/03/26 | Views: 1754 |

Sofola dies at 83


Former Justice Minister and Attorney-General, Mr Kehinde Sofola (SAN), who died at the age of 83 in Lagos on Sunday will be laid to rest at his Ikenne, Ogun State residence today. Meanwhile, Justices of the Supreme Court, legal practitioners in the country and family members have continued to pour encomiums on the late legal icon.

•To be buried today

Former Justice Minister and Attorney-General, Mr Kehinde Sofola (SAN), who died at the age of 83 in Lagos on Sunday will be laid to rest at his Ikenne, Ogun State residence today.
Meanwhile, Justices of the Supreme Court, legal practitioners in the country and family members have continued to pour encomiums on the late legal icon.

The late legal icon, alongside the late politician and the leader of the defunct Action Group (AG) and Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), Chief Obafemi Awolowo, bagged on the same day, January 12, 1978, the prestigious award of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).

Speaking with Daily Sun on the death of his father, Chief Kayode Sofola (SAN), who is also the Chairman, United Bank of Africa Plc (UBA), said, "I would miss greatly his fatherly advice."

He described the late Attorney-General as highly industrious and highly courageous.
Also reacting to the death, a Supreme Court justice, Justice George Oguntade, who was in the deceased family house, to commiserate with them, said the death was shocking.
Justice Oguntade said the judiciary as a whole would miss him. "He was a man of integrity and a man of principle."

Also testifying, Mr Kemi Pinerho (SAN), described Sofola as "a giant in integrity, a legal colossus and an erudite advocate. He would forever be remembered in the dogged belief in the maintenance or sustenance of the ethics of the profession."
Also reacting, Chief Bukola Okunnowo, a former chairman of Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), who also paid a condolence visit to the family, described the deceased as a great lawyer, whose position would be difficult to fill.

"He was an embodiment of integrity and legal conduct," he added.
Also, Barrister Emeka Ngige (SAN) said: "The death of Pa Kehinde Sofola (SAN), no doubt, is a big blow to the legal profession. He was a legal icon, a colossus and a titan. We are consoled by the fact that his legacies and contributions to the growth of the legal profession will continue to be a source of inspiration to those he left behind. His sojourn on earth was a life well spent."

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