The Edo Government on Monday expressed sympathy over the death of Justice Andrew Obaseki on Thursday.
Obaseki, 93, was a judge of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and until his death, the Obaseki of Benin Kingdom and the head of Obaseki family.
He was appointed to the Supreme Court bench in 1975 and retired in 1991.
In a statement in Benin, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Osarodion Ogie, said the government expressed sympathy of the people of Edo to the Obaseki family and Gov. Godwin Obaseki over the loss of his uncle.
Ogie recalled the remarkable judicial career of Obaseki which started in Benin City and culminated at the Supreme Court of Nigeria where he recorded ground-breaking judicial precedents and notable pronouncements in classical decisions.
He listed some of the late Justice’s cases at the apex court as Governor of Lagos State v. Ojukwu; Garba v. University of Maiduguri; Obeko v. Olowo and Awolowo v. Shagari.
Ogie said the late jurist led the way and cleared the path for other Edo-born jurists, such as the late Justice Omorose Akpata and Justice Samson Uwaifo, to bring honour to the Edo people.
He said while Edo people were mourning Obaseki, they were comforted that he lived long enough to see his family continue its record of distinguished public service by producing the current governor of the state.
He prayed God to grant the soul of the departed everlasting rest and added that, at the appropriate time, Edo people would celebrate him.
Ogie described the late judge as a ‘’superstar whose memory will forever remain in our hearts as treasure and inspiration’’.