- Isiaka Isola Oluwa, the oldest judge in Lagos state has died
- The centenarian passed away at his residence on Saturday, May 8
- Justice Oluwa was a retired judge of the High Court of Lagos
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Justice Isiaka Isola Oluwa, a retired judge of the High Court of Lagos state on Saturday, May 8, passed away. He was 102 years old.
According to Sahara Reporters, Oluwa who is the oldest judge in Lagos state died at his residence in Ilupeju.
The centenarian will be laid to rest at Atan Cemetery, Yaba, at 4 pm, according to Islamic rites,
Justice Oluwa will be widely remembered as the judge, who sentenced Lagos socialite, Alhaji Jimoh Isola, a.k.a Ejigbadero, to death for the murder of a farmer, Raji Oba, over a land dispute back in 1975.
Born on June 23, 1918, to parents from Lagos in Cross River state, the late judge attended the following schools, Forcados Government School, Bonny; St Bartholomew’s School, Degema; Government School, Sapele; and King’s College, Lagos.
He also attended School of Agriculture, Samaru-Zaria and studied law at the University of London. Back in 1975, he was called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn, London.
From 1949 to 1950, the retired judge worked as a lecturer at Farm Management, University of Ibadan, then at School of Agriculture, Samaru-Zaria, and Extension Manager, Zaria Province.
Upon his return to Nigeria from London, Justice Oluwa started his law practice and formed Oluwa, Kotoye and Co. He was appointed High Court judge on June 1, 1974, and retired almost a decade later on June 17, 1983.
For many years, Oluwa served as the chairman of the Association of Lagos indigenous retired judges.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the judge who annulled the June 12, 1993, presidential election, presumed to be the freest and fairest in the nation’s history, Dahiru Saleh, is dead.
The retired judge died in Bauchi state and would be buried in his hometown of Azare, still in Bauchi, on the evening of Thursday, May 7.
Until his death, he held the title of “Mutawalle” of Katagum Emirate in Bauchi. He was the chief judge of the Federal Capital Territory high court.
In other news, Borno state lost one of its lawmakers, Umar Audi, who represented Bayo constituency at the state House of Assembly.
It was reported that Audi was reported to have passed away on Tuesday evening, May 5, at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.
The lawmaker was initially rejected because there was no bed space as the health workers claimed the only available space was for any emergency that is childbirth related.
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