Another Sad day in the legal community – Bwari Branch Chairman, Clement Chukwuemeka Mourns Justice Jude Okeke
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Chairman Bwari Branch, Clement Chukwuemeka Ugo has described Hon. Justice Jude Okeke as a core and consummate Bar Man.
In a condolence message made available to BarristerNG, the Servant Chairman said Capital Bar have lost a friend, a judge that believes only on hardwork and embodiment of humane feelings to counsel.
Read the full message below
The sudden death of Hon Justice Jude Okeke filtered into my ears like a tale of moonlight when I arrived abuja from owerri by a collegue who requested I go online to read what he just read.
Behold it was a true story . I drove straight from the airport to his resident with the help of his Legal Assistant just to be sure that a fine gentleman and brilliant Judge. One of the best judges in FCT is gone to meet our lord.
HON. Justice Jude Okeke was a core and consummate Bar Man being a former Chairman of NBA Unity Bar before he was elevated to the Bench in 2007. We have lost a rare breed of intellectual prowess that may not be gotten in the nearest future. One of the judges that attends AGC of NBA consistently . A down to earth man with panache and candour. He represents the embodiment of knowledge, a clear breed of the Bar in the Bench.
He was an epitome of example for the need to appoint judges from the Bar. Words can not describe his contributions towards the growth of the legal system and profession.
The entire Capital Bar have lost a friend, a judge that believes only on hardwork, an accurate time keeper to court days and embodiment of humane feelings to counsel that come before him.
The entire Bar have lost a teacher, a father and a preacher of love.
He once said on a petition for desolution of marriage before him and I quote: “counsel have you tried taking the couple to a room , lock up the doors and go away with key?” and I replied no my lord, he said try it , it works very well. And behold it worked. Such a jovial and jolly good fellow.
It has come to our realization once again through this exit of a legal Colusus and judicial compass that we shall all die one day.. but we must ask, what will you be remembered for ?
For Hon. Justice Jude Okeke, we shall greatly miss him, i have not seen any counsel that is not proud to appear before him, he grants meriterious applications without fear or favour. I was not surprised about four weeks ago when I was awarded a sumptuous cost against the deputy sheriff of same court that pays his salary. A brave judge per excellence that shall be missed by the legal community.
Death has just terminated all the good things we share with him, but God knows the length of each and every one of us , it is not how far one existed, but how well were you on earth impacting generation.
I pray that your dear wife, lovely children and family members will have the courage to bear this painful but an accomplished jurist death.
Good night my lord, may your gentle, humane and kind soul rest in perfect peace .
We shall meet to depart no more.
Clement Chukwuemeka ugo Esq
Bwari Branch (Capital Bar)
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