President of the Court of Appeal, AGF, SANs pay tribute to the late Justice

On Thursday, the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) and the Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (BOSAN) paid tribute to the late judge Theresa Ngolika Orji-Abadua.

Until her death on March 8, 2024, Judge Orji-Abadua was the Presiding Judge of the Benin Division of the Court.

In her speech at a farewell hearing in Abuja on Thursday, the President of the Court of Appeal said the late Justice Theresa Ngolika Orji-Abadua was a lawyer of impeccable character and very simple and humble character.

She said even though Justice Orji-Abadua is dead, her contributions to the development of law will continue to live on and help the jurisprudence grow.

The President of the Court of Appeal said the late judge, born on October 15, 1959, was very hardworking and active in private legal practice.

The late Justice Orji-Abadua was appointed as a Judge of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja in January 1997, where she served diligently until her appointment to the Court of Appeal on February 15, 2008.

In his speech, the AGF and the Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), said the late Justice was a legal luminary whose wisdom, integrity and commitment to justice left an indelible mark on national jurisprudence.

According to Fagbemi, the late Justice Orji-Abadua began her professional legal practice as a private lawyer, navigating the complicated landscape of the Magistrate Court and High Courts with friendly determination and candor.

“In the early days of her practice, she demonstrated a deep commitment to her clients, tirelessly advocating for their rights and interests in court,” Fagbemi said.

He said the late Justice earned a reputation for her keen legal acumen and unwavering commitment to justice, as well as her ability to navigate the complexities of the legal system with precision and integrity.

The AGF said the late lawyer not only achieved brilliant success during her professional career but also served as a beacon of inspiration for aspiring lawyers in her exceptional demonstration of the importance of integrity, dedication and unwavering commitment to the pursuit of justice. .

Speaking on behalf of the Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (BOSAN), Paul Usoro (SAN) urged members of the Bench to emulate the combination of hard work, focus, integrity and dedication exhibited by the late Justice Orji-Abadua when they were alive.

Usoro said the late Justice is forever immortalized in the statements she made and recorded in various legal reports, adding that “my Lord’s erudition and focus on nation building shone through these statements.”