By Dennis Agbo
ENUGU—THE family of immediate past Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice Innocent Azubike Umezulike has officially announced the burial arrangements of the late Professor who passed away in London, United Kingdom.
The family, through his son, Barrister Victor Chukwuka Umezulike said the events for his final rites of passage would commence on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, with a Service of Songs at Hon. Justice I.A Umezulike Auditorium, Enugu State High Court Complex, Independence Layout, Enugu by 5 pm.
A devout Christian, who inculcated sound morals and Christian values on his children, Justice Professor Umezulike’s Commendation Service will hold by 10:00 am at the Cathedral Church of Good Shepherd, Independence layout Enugu on Wednesday, September 26, 2018.
As the longest serving Chief Judge in the entire Southern states, his immediate constituency, the Judiciary will on Thursday September 27, 2018, by 9: 00 am, pay him last respect in a Valedictory Court Session at the Enugu State High court auditorium named after the legal colossus, Justice I.A. Umezulike Auditorium.
The Professor of Property law will finally take a bow and bid farewell on Friday, September 28, 2018, when he will be INTERRED in his home in Mgbidi, Agwu, Enugu State after Church Service at Community Primary School Ajani-Agu, Mgbidi in Agwu local government area of Enugu state.
Umezulike Jnr. said his father, aged 64 years, was second of the five children of his parents, Mr & Mrs Umezulike Unegbu of Uhukagbo kindred of Ifite-Mgbidi.
An acclaimed legal luminary on Conveyancing, Adverse Possession, Land and Property Law, Justice Professor Innocent Azubike Umezulike (OFR, FCIArb) apart from being the Chief Judge of Enugu State for over 13 years, would be remembered for receiving over 100 distinguished Legal Honour and Awards for excellence in service as a distinguished Judge of Enugu State High Court for over 23 years and who single-handedly authored and published over 23 books in these fields.
Appointed by the Federal Government of Nigeria to serve at the Supreme Court of Gambia in 1997, he was conferred with the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (OFR) and was also President and Chairman Failed Banks Tribunal Zone 6 Nigeria.
Among his numerous accomplished tasks included his Chairmanship of Visitation Panel to Enugu State University of Science and Technology; Chairman judicial panel of inquiry on land distribution and allocation in Enugu state; Chairman judicial inquiry on adoration ground tragedy.
He was also the Chairman Judicial Service Commission (JSC); Chairman Comprehensive Judicial Inquiry on Land distribution in Enugu State; Sub-Dean Faculty of Law, Nnamdi Azikiwe University and a Visiting Professor of Property Law, Ebonyi State University.
Justice Professor Umezulike was a Visiting Professor of Property Law, Enugu State University of Science and Technology; Secretary, National Committee for the Unification of Criminal Laws of Northern and Southern Nigeria; Secretary Ministerial Committee for the Revision of the Land Use Act; Senior Special Adviser to the Attorney General of Federation of Nigeria.
A Distinguished Senior Legal Adviser to the Nigerian Television Authority, the legal icon accomplished other tasks as Secretary, Task Force on Company Incorporated by Guarantee in Nigeria; National Leader, Nigerian Delegation to African legal consultative assembly held in Kampala Uganda.
The family expressed appreciation to all and sundry who have continued to express condolences on the demise of the Quintessential Jurisperitis.