Lawyers and judges in Nigeria yesterday paid their last respect to late Justice Solomon Ojutalayo at a valedictory court session held at the Federal High Court, Osogbo, Osun state capital.
Speaking at the special court session, the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice A. Abdu-Kafarati, described the late judge as a transparent, honest, incorruptible, hardworking and meticulous judicial officer.
He said the life lived by late Ojutalayo was worthy of emulation for all judicial officers, both serving and retired.
Justice Abdu-Kafarati said the remembrance of late Ojutalayo 23 years after he retired from the bench, was a testimony that he lived a worthy life during service and after retirement.
Also speaking, the Attorney- General and Commissioner for Justice in Osun state, Dr. Ajibola Basiru, urged lawyers and judges to learn from the late Ojutalayo and work together to reposition the judicial system to regain its lost glory.
He specifically called on the judicial officers to support the efforts of Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, in making the judiciary more efficient and vibrant thought judicial reforms.
Commenting on the trending issue of herdsmen, Basiru stressed that no issue has threatened the unity and corporate existence of Nigeria in the recent years as the issue of herdsmen.
He said, “It is particularly saddening that in the face of continued monumental loss of human lives and property, the federal government has allowed the herdsmen conundrum to linger on for too long.
Justice Ojutalayo died on November 11, 2017, while his funeral service holds today at St. Phillips Cathedral, Ayetoro, Ile-Ife, Osun state.