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Umezulike: Painful exit of a legal icon


The life of every great man usually have many parts, just like the proverbial elephant whom different blind men described from its different parts that each of the blind men felt.

Such is the like of ‘My Lord’ Honourable Justice (Professor) Innocent Azubike Umezulike, a man whose humble background attracted God’s blessing that was transmitted to different people, who crossed his ways in the 64 years of his sojourn on earth.

Born second child of the five children of his parents, Mr & Mrs Umezulike Unegbu of Uhukagbo kindred of Ifite-Mgbidi Awgu Local Council of Enugu State. Justice Umezulike became a legal luminary, a Professor of law and a Chief Judge per excellence.

Called to the Nigeria Bar in 1980, he manifested a golden fish with no hiding place. Justice Professor Umezulike was assigned Chief Judge of Enugu state after his 11 years magnetic performance on the Bench.

He was appointed by the Federal Government of Nigeria to serve at the Supreme Court of Gambia in 1997, just as he was also found credible enough to be the Chairman of Failed Banks Tribunal Zone 6 Nigeria in 1998. Among his numerous accomplished tasks included his Chairmanship of Visitation Panel to Enugu State University of Science and Technology; Chairman Judicial Panel of Inquiry on land distribution and allocation in Enugu state; Chairman judicial inquiry on adoration ground tragedy.

He was a Distinguished Senior Legal Adviser to the Nigerian Television Authority and also Secretary, Task Force on Company Incorporated by Guarantee in Nigeria; National Leader, Nigerian Delegation to African legal consultative assembly held in Kampala, Uganda.

Umezulike who passed on in a private London hospital in June will take a final bow on September 28, 2018 at his country home, Mgbidi, Enugu State after a Night of Tributes at Enugu Sports Club on September 24. On Tuesday, there was a service of songs and commendation service on Wednesday. A Valedictory Court session held yesterday at the Enugu State High Court.

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