The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), have joined the government and individuals to mourn the death of a foremost jurist, Justice Bola Ajibola.
Justice Ajibola, who was AGF and Minister of Justice from 1985 to 1991, also represented Nigeria at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague and served on the Nigeria-Cameroon Mixed Commission on the Bakassi Peninsula, died on Sunday, aged 89.
In a message by the publicity secretary, Akorede Habeeb Lawal, the President of the NBA, Yakubu Maikyau (SAN), consoled the management, staff and students of Crescent University, Abeokuta, Ogun State, over the loss while praying for the repose of his soul.
“Prince Ajibola was reputed to never take home a salary, asking that same be distributed to the coffers of the federal government, NBA and charitable/humanitarian organisations,” he said.
In his message through his media aide, Umar Gwandu, Malami said Ajibola’s death has created a huge vacuum in the nation’s legal space being a legal icon of international repute whose impact remains indelible in Nigerian history.