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Eulogies as Lagos judiciary holds valedictor­y session in honour of B.O. Benson

Lagos State judiciary has held a valedictor­y session for Chief Babatunde Olusola Benson, SAN, a former Secretary and President of the Nigerian Bar Associatio­n (NBA), ADEBISI ONANUGA reports.

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STAKEHOLDE­RS in the justice sector including Judges, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SANS, lawyers and others gathered in Lagos last Monday to honour a consumate bar man, the late Chief Babatunde Olusola Benson, SAN who died Thursday, June 24, 2021 in Ikorodu at age 88. He would have been 89 years old on July 4, 2021.

They all paid glowing tributes to the late Chief Benson who they described as a consumate Bar man.

The event held at the Ikeja High Court complex, Oba Akinjobi Road, GRA, Ikeja.

In his address at the event, the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Kazeem Alogba, described Late Benson, as a gentleman per excellence and an accomplish­ed Jurist.

Justice Alogba said he was a courageous and discipline­d legal practition­er of enviable repute.

”His service as a lawyer is an eloquent testimony to the fact that he left a legacy of excellent service marked with courage, discipline, integrity and great industry.”

Justice Alogba said late Chief Benson, under whom he underwent tutelage at a time, discharged his profession­al duties creditably.

The state Attorney-general and Commission­er for Justice,

Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, the described the late Silk as ‘super active bar man’, whose integrity and brilliance earned him the respect of his peers throughout the length and breadth of the country.

According to him, the late Chief Benson lived a life of committed service to the legal profession in diverse capacities.

The immediate President of the NBA, Paul Usoro, SAN, described him as a legal icon. He said the late legal luminary was a leading light to Nigerian lawyers, whose way of life would remain a source of inspiratio­n to many.

The Body of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (BOSAN) represente­d by Chief Tunji Ayanlaja, SAN, said the late jurist would be remembered for having mentored the bulk of the Senior Lawyers in the country.

“We are consoled in the fact that by his contributi­on to the dispensati­on of justice in this state, he has no doubt left his foot prints on the sands of time.

“He has come, he has fought and won and he has left the baton and the stage for us to carry on,” he added.

Chief Benson was born in Ikorodu to the famous Benson family on July 4, 1932.

He was called to the English bar in 1959. His enrollment number in Nigeria’s Supreme Court as Solicitor and Advocate was 38.

Following his return to Nigeria from England , he joined the law firm of his uncle, TOS Benson, san, where he eventually rose to the position of the Head of Chambers.

Unlike most of his peers, the late Benson did not join the murky waters of Nigerian politics, preferring the politics of the bar. Chief Benson was the only lawyer to date to serve as General Secretary of NBA and later President of the associatio­n between 1978 and 1980.

He was conferred with the prestigiou­s rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 1983.

He was instrument­al to the formation of an associatio­n of African lawyers under the aegis of African Bar Associatio­n (aba). He was ABA first President and was Vice Chairman, Commonweal­th Lawyers Associatio­n.

Chief Benson was very passionate about Ikorodu and was the first Chairman of the socio-cultural and developmen­t group and until he died, he remained the Chairman, Lagos State Lagoon Movement.

 ??  ?? •Justice Alogba (middle) and other judges of Lagos State High Court at the event.
•Justice Alogba (middle) and other judges of Lagos State High Court at the event.

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