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Tribute to Justice Alloysius Katsina-alu

Late Justice Aloysius Iyorgyer Katsina-Alu, Chief Justice of Nigeria

By Aare Afe Babalola

I was shocked beyond description when I received the sad news of the departure of our erudite former Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Hon. Justice Alloysius Katsina-Alu, a Minister in the Temple of Justice and a man who occupied the Bench with unquestionable integrity, character, industry and dignity.

I have seen the departed Learned Justice at close quarters. I have seen him at work and I have also seen him at play. I interacted with him in the court and outside the court and found him to be a genial and humble person who is sold to hard work.

But as traumatizing as the news is, I am consoled by the fact that the departed Jurist lived a most fulfilled life and imparted his community, particularly the Judiciary, his primary constituency, thereby leaving his giant steps on the sand of judicial times.

A professional to the core, the departed legal colossus was a fervent believer in the Rule of Law as against the Rule of Man. His acclaimed brilliance and the very professional ways he conducted himself both at the Bar, the Bench and even outside the Bar and Bench will remain indelible in our psyche. The Bar and the Bench will certainly miss him.

I thank the Almighty God for granting him the enviable grace of being able to make his marks before being called home to rest in His bosom.

It is my fervent prayer that all he worked for whist still with us on planet earth will stand him in good stead before The Maker of all things.

While wishing him a most-deserved rest, I pray that the Almighty Allah will grant you, the entire Katsina-Alu Dynasty and the Judiciary where he served meritoriously the grace and the equanimity to bear the irreparable loss.

On behalf of my family and the entire Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, ABUAD, I commiserate with the His Lordship, Hon. Justice W.S.N. Onnoghen, JSC, CON, CFR, FCIArb.,FNIALS, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, and the Judiciary for this irreparable loss

Aare Afe Babalola(SAN), OFR, CON, LL.D, D.LL (London), LL. D (Lagos), FNSE, FNIALS

Founder & Chancellor, Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti.

 


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