JUSTICE Jude Okeke, 64, has died. Realnews reports that he passed on to glory at the National Hospital, Abuja. on August 5.
Until his death, he was a Justice of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The consummate barman was the former chairman of the Unity Bar, Abuja Branch of Nigerian Bar Association. He was called to the Nigerian bar in 1985 and completed his National Youth Service in 1986.
Late Okeke was appointed as a judge in the FCT High Court in 2007, where he rose to become the ninth most senior judge before his death. One of the notable cases he handled was that of Adeniyi Ademola, a retired Federal High Court judge who along with his wife and Joe Agi, a senior advocate of Nigeria, was accused of corruption.
In a ruling on April 5, 2017, he upheld the defendants’ no-case submissions and dismissed the charges against them.
Okeke also sentenced Olusegun Runsewe, director-general of the National Council of Art and Crafts, NCAC, to prison for contempt of court.
The very amiable and peace loving justice hailed from Nkpor in Idemili North Local Government of Anambra State of Nigeria. He will be sorely missed, Nwamaka Chigbo, an Abuja-based lawyer, told Realnews.
Describing Okeke as “a fine gentleman and an erudite jurist. One of the best in contemporary times,” she added that “he will be sorely missed by the Bench and the Bar. May his soul rest in peace. Ochudo rest in Peace”.