The Ogun State Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu has charged members of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), to be cautious of legacies intended leaving behind, especially at the end of their sojourn on earth and on the job as such legacy would certainly outlive them.
She gave this charge at the Valedictory Court Sitting for the late Hon. Justice Albert Gbadebo Oduyemi (JCA), held at Ceremonial Court Room of the high Court, Isabo, Abeokuta, the Ogun State Capital.
She said Ogun State has lost industrious, reliable, dependable and one of the big icon in legal circle, noting that the Judge was an incorruptible and upright Jurist, who during his time delivered justice with out most sound intellect and exemplary character.
She said, his wealth of experience would be highly missed by Ogun State government, Nigeria and among the members of bar and bench in general, saying that the Judge served the nation, in particular Ogun State diligently and without blemishes.
In her submission, the Ogun State Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Yetunde Oresanya, also described Hon. Justice Albert Gbadebo Oduyemi as an intelligent officer that has capacity for analytical details, and dependable, loyal and also has mental stability.
She added that among the remarkable quality of Justice Oduyemi was his boldness, his ability to voice out his opinion irrespective of who is involved and his personal qualities as immortalised in the words of Mr. O. A. Ajibola, then as Ogun State Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary.
In the same vein, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Afolabi Fashanu, which spoke on behalf of the body of Senior Advocates Of Nigeria, stated that valedictory court sitting was a testimony to the fact that the Jurist contributed meaning to the bar and bench, saying that it was a well deserved and worthy one for “our law Lord”.
He added that as a Judge, he exhibited a proper judicial temperament, noting that his Lordship belonged to the conventional school who upheld rigidly the ethics of the profession.
“His Lordship never for once betrayed his emotion on the bench even in the face of provocation by unruly layers, patience was his watchword, that more reasons Justice Oduyemi worth celebrating and emulating by all in bar and bench,” Fashanu said.
Also, the Nigerian Bar Association, Ogun state Branch, Chairmen, dully represented by Ijebu-Ode Chairman, Mr. M. B. Ganiyu, eulogised late jurist as a very powerful man which make growth and development of bar and bench a must for all and sundry, noting that there is time appointed for birth and death, “so, we would have protested these devastating blows very loudly.”