Appeal Court Judge Collapses, Dies In Ondo

The judge of the Ondo state court of appeal, Ayobode Lokulo-Sodipe, has died.

Lokulo-Sodipe who recently celebrated his 67th birthday on February 15 reportedly collapsed in his office while dressing up to attend a court session on Monday.

All efforts made to revive him proved ineffective and he died before getting to the hospital.

Ayobode Lokulo-Sodipe

The incident was confirmed by the immediate past chairman of the Akure branch of the Nigeria Bar Association, Rotimi Olorunfemi, in a message.

He wrote, “Just confirmed it (the judge’s death); it is true. He collapsed in the office at court of appeal, Akure, this morning.

“[He] was rushed to the hospital but confirmed DOA (dead on arrival).”

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Also, Banji Ayenakin, chairperson of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Akure branch, confirmed the judge’s death in a statement.

“The news of the demise of Hon Justice Lokulo-Sodipe came to me as a rude shock,” he said.

“My lord was a quintessential judge, very intelligent and forthright.

“I commiserate with his family and the president of the court of appeal, Nigeria. 

“The entire members of NBA Akure will surely miss his promptness, forthrightness, and commitment to the development of justice in Nigeria.”

Lokulo-Sodipe was appointed as an appeal court judge in February 2008.

Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

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