Senior Lawyers Eulogise Late Environmentalist, Nwosu

Senior Lawyers Eulogise Late Environmentalist, Nwosu

Deborah Musa, Abuja

Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; former Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Walter Onnoghen; former AGF, Kanu Agabi (SAN), NBA President, Olumide Akpata and other senior lawyers yesterday gathered at the Federal High Court in Abuja in honour of the late environmentalist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Lucius Nwosu.

All the speakers at the valedictory court session spoke highly about the late SAN, emphasizing how he deployed the instrumentality of the law to fight against environmental degradation in the Niger Delta region.

Agabi said late Nwosu, who passed on at the age of 69, departed this world before his time, describing him as a bold and courageous legal giant who was never afraid to deploy the law to fight the cause of the oppressed.

The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, John Tsoho recalled the instances when Nwosu represented oil communities in the Niger Delta region affected by oil spillage and ensured that they got compensated.

“Until his demise, the distinguished late Silk had applied his perseverance, doggedness and dexterity in offering excellent legal services to his numerous clients which comprised more of Niger Delta communities.

“He was a fighter for human rights, the legal warrior of Niger-Delta communities and he will be remembered for easing the liability that comes with engaging the services of a lawyer by clients.

“The late learned SAN during his lifetime, defended the financially and politically powerless, whenever their rights were trampled upon.

“He detested injustice and oppression. He fought for the dignity of the human person.

“Mr Lucius Nwosu was loved and admired by Niger Delta people for getting justice for the environmental degradation they suffered.

“He doggedly championed their cause. He was thus a fierce environmental campaigner and activist through litigation.

“Those he litigated against dreaded and labelled him ‘Lucifer Nwosu,’ but the beneficiaries actually adored him.

“He captivated, charmed and inspired the Bar, Bench, the legal profession and the country as a whole. He was indeed a rare being, trusted for his integrity’’, Justice Tsoho said. More than 200 Senior Advocates of Nigeria attended the special valedictory court session, the first to be held for a private legal practitioner in Nigeria.

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