The Ikorodu branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), has mourned former judge of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Justice Adolphus Karibi-Whyte, who passed away on May 22 at the age of 88.
Expressing sadness over the passing of the famed jurist, Mr Bayo Akinlade, the Chairman of the Ikorodu branch of the NBA, told newsmen that the country had lost an eminent jurist who was a “rare breed.”
“Another legal icon is gone and it just goes to show that there is a need for persons in the legal community to be unafraid to do what is right.
“We need more individuals like the late Karibi-Whyte who will analyse issues properly and do what is fair for all,” he said.
The NBA Ikorodu Branch Chairman, who described the late jurist as very knowledgeable and bold, said the Nigerian legal community was running out of icons that younger generations of lawyers could look up to.
“The nation has lost a brilliant mind, may his soul rest in peace,” he said.
NAN reports that late Karibi-Whyte was a professor of law who hailed from Abonnema in Rivers.
He was judge of the Federal High Court from 1976 to 1980, judge of the Court of Appeal from 1980 to 1984, and justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria from 1984 to 2002.
He wrote 13 books and 55 academic publications in local and international learned journals.
He was conferred with the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) and Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR) in 1998 and in 2008 respectively.