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Justice Jinadu Buried in Lagos Amid Tributes

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Justice Jinadu Buried in Lagos Amid Tributes

The remains of Justice Yahaya Abiodun Jinadu, who passed away in Lagos on Wednesday, were buried Thursday at the Ikoyi Vaults and Gardens, in accordance with Islamic rites, and amid tributes from eminent Nigerians, including judges and Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs).

The event was attended by the deceased’s children, grandchildren and eminent Nigerians.

In attendance were the Pro-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Dr. Wale  Babalakin (SAN); Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede; Justice Lateefat Okunnu; Justice Fatima Akinbami; Chairman, Caverton Helicopters, Chief Remi Makanju; and former Independent National Electoral Commission’s Deputy National Commissioner, Prof. Lai Olurode.

Also present were Dr. Biodun Layonu (SAN); Mr. Ayo Tokosi; Dr. Segun Ahmadu; and Dr. Gbolahan Ali-Balogun, among others.

Alhaji Femi Okunnu also visited the deceased’s home in Victoria Island, Lagos, yesterday.

One of the deceased’s daughters, Mrs. Olugbolahan Babalakin, described her father as “a honest, loving and disciplined man, who believed in the independence of the judiciary.”

She said: “He was the first judge to ever resign from the bench on a matter of principle because he did not want to be used to destroy Nigeria’s judiciary.

“As a family man, he never spared the rod. He was a disciplinarian but he also showed us a lot of love.”

Another daughter of the deceased, Madam Folashade Jinadu, said: “He was a very honest man and a loyalist to a fault. He talked to me a lot and I learnt a lot from his wealth of experience.

Babalakin, who is one of the deceased’s son in-law, said: “Justice Jinadu was a very principled man, who always stated the truth, no matter the circumstances he found himself. He loved the law and was very passionate about being a judge.

“He was a quintessential judge, brilliant, in charge of his court and brooked no mediocrity. He was an embodiment of discipline. He sat on some and there was no room for frivolous adjustments in his court. He was a devout Muslim and he also respected the tradition of Lagos.”

Jinadu, who died at 93, attended Methodist Boys High School (MBHS), Lagos. He was called to bar in 1954.

He was Solicitor-General of the Federation before he was elevated to the High Court Bench in Lagos State in 1973.

Jinadu believed strongly in the independence of the Judiciary and retired on principle from the Bench in 1984.

Tributes also flowed yesterday from the Bar and Bench for the late Hon Justice Jinadu.

Retired judges and Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) described Justice Jinadu as a man with impeccable character, courage and integrity.

The late judge, who was a former Solicitor-General of the Federation, died on Wednesday, aged 93


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