A judge of the Court of Appeal, sitting in Akure, the Ondo State capital, Justice Ayobode Lokulo-Sodipe has died at the age of 67.
The judge was said to have slumped in his office on Monday while dressing up to attend a court session and all attempts to revive him proved abortive as he reportedly gave up the ghost on the way to the hospital.
Sources said it was his aide that saw him after waiting for several hours.
The source said all efforts to revive him failed as he was confirmed dead on arrival at the hospital.
The immediate past chairman of the Akure branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, Rotimi Olorunfemi, confirmed the incident on a WhatsApp platform.
He simply said, “Just confirmed it (the judge’s death) it is true. He collapsed in the office at the Court of Appeal, Akure this (Monday) morning. Was rushed to the hospital but confirmed DOA (Death on Arrival)”, Olorunfemi said.
The chairman, NBA, Akure branch, Banjo Ayenakin, also said “the news of the demise of Hon Justice Lokulo-Sodipe came to me as a rude shock. 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.
The late Justice was born on February 18, 1956 and was appointed to the Appellate Court on February 15, 2008.
He is from Abeokuta South in Ogun State, and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1979.
He is widely regarded as a hardworking Judge.