By Vivian Okejeme, Abuja
The Chief Judge of Federal Capital Territory High Court(FCT)Justice Ishaq Bello, has described late Justice Jude Okeke as a team player who carried others along in every task given to him.
The late Justice who was born on June 7, 1959, died on Aug.4, at the National Hospital, Abuja after a brief illness.
Speaking at the valedictory session in honour of the late Judge, the CJ also described him as a man who was firm with articulate judicial disposition.
Further in his speech, he attributed the late jurist’s firmness to diligence and experiences he garnered in private practice as a young lawyer through the ranks
He concluded that Okeke had a commendable grasp of legal principles across various laws with which he served the FCT High Court for 13 years.
“We in the legal profession are grateful for his time with us, his wonderful achievements and contributions to the practice of law in Nigeria
“I received the news of Okeke’s demise with rude shock because from our meeting few days earlier, he did not portray any sign of someone that would succumb to the cold hands of death.
“ It is indeed a sad and cruel ironies of life that July this year, i recommended him for elevation as Justice of the Court of Appeal based on my firm conviction that he possesses perfect judicial temperament to excel, “ Bello said
Joe Gadzama SAN, who spoke on behalf of the body of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), also described the late judge as a worthy ambassador that was known for his intergrity and intelligence prowess.
Gadzama further said the way to honour the deceased was for the bar to be united and apply his legacies to its daily lives.
Hauwa Shekarau, Chairman, Nigeria Bar Association ( NBA), Unity Bar also described Okeke’s death as a personal loss to the Abuja branch of the association as he was its past chairman.
She equally said that Okeke was open-minded with sound intellect, courageous, humble and unassuming in the discharge of his duties.
The Unity Bar chairman also used the medium to highlight some of the challenges and difficulties faced by judges on the bench.