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Encomiums as Justice Obaseki is buried


Eldest son of the late Justice Andrew Obaseki, Edosa; eldest great grandson, Ajani; Mrs. Beverly Obaseki; Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki; Ikponmwosa Obaseki; Pa George Obaseki; First Lady of Edo State, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki; Justice Osato Obaseki-Osaghae; and Mr. Bob Osaghae at the funeral service of the late retired Supreme Court Justice in Benin City yesterday

The remains of the late†Supreme Court Justice, Justice Andrews Otutu Obaseki, the Obaseki of Benin Kingdom, were yesterday laid to rest in his compound at Lagos Street, Benin City, the Edo State capital.

Brought in a chocolate casket, with pall bearers in all-white attire, he was laid to rest about†12:15p.m., with his children and his nephew, Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki, performing the dust to dust ceremony at the grave side.

A requiem service was earlier conducted at St. Peterís Anglican Church.

The Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Benin, Rev. Peter Imasuen, in his homily, described Justice Obaseki as a man of impeccable character, who believed in truth and humility, led a life worthy of emulation while on earth and also impacted meaningfully on those who came across his way.

He said the late Obaseki was a man who placed premium on education and having a great value for the things of God and urged his children to emulate the good quality and lifestyle of their father.

Describing his late father as a disciplinarian, his eldest son, Edosa, said he was a man with a thankful heart who appreciated every little thing done or given to him.

In attendance were eminent personalities across the country, including serving and retired jurists, politicians and business magnates, such as former governor of the state, Adams Oshiomhole; Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Achuba Simon; Business mogul, Aliko Dangote; Minister of State for Heath, Osagie Ehanire; Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Kadiri Adjoto; president of Nigeria Football Association (NFA), Amaju Pinnick; Secretary to the Edo State Government, Osarodion Ogie; and Chief of Staff to Obaseki, Taiwo Akerele.

Others included Senator Francis Alimekhena, who represented Senate President, Bukola Saraki; National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun; Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode; Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu; and former deputy governor of the state, Chief Mike Oghiadomhe; amongst others.

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