Justice Oputa Sacrificed His Life for Nigeria – Gov Uduaghan
Delta State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan has described Justice
Chukwudifu Oputa as an exceptional jurist who sacrificed his time,
knowledge and energy for Nigeria and the rule of law.
The Governor in a reaction to the late jurist's death also described him
as a judge who was fearless, bold and courageous, while ensuring that the
rights of the poor, deprived and defenceless were further protected.
The reaction is contained in a statement signed by Felix Ofou, Press
Secretary to the Delta State Governor.
Uduaghan recalled some of the landmark judgements of the late Supreme
Court justice, while serving on the bench which he noted have continued to
stand the test of time.
“His judgements have stood the test of time and like good wine, are
eternal epitaphs from which our laws draw inspiration and are admired. The
philosophy and wisdom behind his judgements make them almost infallible.
The governor further recalled fond memories spent with the radical legal
luminary at the instance of showbiz maestro and music legend, Charlie Boy
who is the son of Justice Oputa.
“Everyone knows Charlie Boy is my friend and through him I shared a
special bond and relationship with the late justice who ultimately also
became a father to me”, he enthused.
Uduaghan said the legal profession and the entire country is affected by
the death notwithstanding that he lived a fulfilled life and asked God to
grant all, including the immediate family fortitude to bear the loss.