The late Retired Justice Niki Tobi of the Supreme Court has been described as an exceptional ambassador and a statesman per excellence, whose lifetime achievements should serve as a source of inspiration.
Gov. Seriake Dickson stated this on Friday while paying tribute to the departed Tobi during a valedictory court session held in his honour at the State High Court in Yenagoa.
He said that Bayelsa and the Ijaw nation are proud of the significant achievements and legacies left behind by the jurist.
The governor described Tobi as a quintessential Ijaw man, who discharged his duties excellently in his lifetime.
According to Dickson, the Ijaw nation grieves with the people of Esama in Bomadi Local Government Area of Delta and as part of efforts to immortalise him, a befitting monument would be named after him in Bayelsa.
Dickson, who prayed God to grant the soul of Justice Tobi eternal repose, said the government would continue to support the bereaved family to sustain his legacies for the sake of posterity.
In her remarks, the State Chief Judge, Justice Kate Abiri, likened Justice Tobi to “a legal colossus, who bestrode the judicial space with an uncommon brilliance’’.
Abiri said the late Justice Tobi was one of the greatest legal minds of the times, adding that the country would not forget him in a hurry.
Eulogising Tobi, the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Kemasuode Wodu, described the departed legal luminary as an ardent custodian of the law.
Wodu said that Tobi was a distinguished and an outstanding jurist, who recorded a huge success in his chosen career.
“He was an apostle of hard work with sterling literary abilities and the legal profession would miss him,’’ Wodu said.
He said that Tobi rose to the pinnacle of his career by becoming a Professor of Law.
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