Adebisi Onanuga and Robert Egbe
Tributes flowed on Thursday from the Bar and Bench for the late Hon Justice Yahaya Abiodun Jinadu.
A retired choose and Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) described Justice Jinadu as a person with impeccable character, braveness and integrity.
The late choose, a former Solicitor-Common of the Federation, died on Wednesday, aged 93.
A former Decide of the Ogun State Judiciary Justice Babashola Ogunade (rtd), described the late jurist as very reasonable and upright.
He mentioned: “Justice Jinadu I knew from the start of my observe in 1972 and I might describe him as one of many conservative ones from the way in which he performed himself on the Bench and from what we heard of him when he was within the Federal Ministry of Justice.
“He was one of those who stood strictly for the norms and excellence of the Bar and the norms of the legal practice. Then if you are one lawyer to appear before him, you must ensure that you have dotted and crossed all your Is and crossed your Ts.”
Justice Ogunade recalled that the late choose was reputed to be a stickler for regularities.
“Don’t describe him as a tricky man. I had my very own private expertise with him and I discovered him to be a pleasing man. You possibly can solely discover him tough whenever you don’t know what you’re doing with him.
“I remembered one event I had a case earlier than him when individuals mentioned I shouldn’t argue with him however he listened and mentioned the purpose I used to be making was proper. That’s the type of man he was.
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“Very fair, very upright and so one is not surprised when he suddenly decided he was going to leave the Bench and that decision was strictly by principle.”
For Chief Emeka Ngige SAN, Justice Jinadu’s loss of life was Nigeria’s loss.
Ngige, Chairman of Nigeria’s Council of Authorized Schooling (CLE) mentioned: “I feel his loss of life is once more one other loss to Nigeria of certainly one of our illustrious residents.
“He was a judicial officer of impeccable character, of braveness, of integrity and of the inventory that we yearn for now within the current day judiciary.
“The circumstances underneath which he resigned is now a part of our historical past and it’s a tribute to his integrity that when he didn’t really feel that what was occurring between him and his Chief Decide was acceptable, he threw within the towel.
“History will be kind to him and we will continue to pray for the repose of his soul and for this country to always remember him for the good name that he has etched in our history as a judicial officer of courage.”
Chief Felix Fagbohungbe SAN described Jinadu as one of many nation’s greatest.
Fagbohungbe mentioned: “Justice Jinadu was among the finest judges Nigeria has ever produced earlier than he left the judiciary in 1984. A really principled man, he was an incorruptible particular person, very incorruptible. As an alternative of permitting the federal government to intervene in his determination on the Bench, he needed to retire. He has left behind a very good legacy for the Judiciary. I pray we’ve such judicial officers within the judiciary.
For Norrison Quakers SAN, the late jurist was one choose whose integrity everybody may vouch for.
“He was a very good choose, fearless. Within the period of judges being accused of corruption and compromise, he was a kind of that you can not accuse of corruption, he was upright, devoted to his job and he discharged his duties creditably and justice was discharged with out worry or favour.
“He was one of the few judges that you could really vouch for as judges who were cut out as judges, in terms of judicial candour. He will be greatly missed and considering the fact that he lived up to 93 years, it just shows a good man, a good heart, who discharged judicial duties favourably. He will be greatly missed. He was a good man,” Quakers mentioned.
The late Jinadu was Solicitor-Common of the Federation earlier than being elevated to the Excessive Court docket Bench in Lagos State in 1973.
He was often called a really upright Decide who believed very strongly within the independence of the Judiciary.
He retired on precept from the Bench in 1984.