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Justice Tobi's death, Nigeria has lost the conscience of her judiciary, says Semenitari

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Ag. Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Niger Delta Development

Commission, NDDC, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, has described the late Supreme

Court Justice Niki Tobi, CON, as the conscience of Nigeria's judiciary

whose contributions to Nigeria’s jurisprudence is authoritative.

Semenitari has therefore said that his demise is a national loss and a

tragic story for Niger Delta region.
Semenitari, who reacted to the death of Justice Tobi on Monday, said that

as a member of the Bench, the late Justice Tobi remained incorruptible, a

no-nonsense interpreter of the Law and exemplary. “As a member of the

Bench, Justice Tobi delivered quality rulings that tallied with justice

and could not be faulted. He was one of the finest breeds the Nigerian

Bench produced in recent times, capping his glorious years with

well-researched judgments which classified him as the conscience of the

Golden Era of Nigeria's judiciary. His pronouncements on legal matters

brought before him stand out and occupy copious space in Nigeria’s Law

Books legal system. Legal luminaries and senior Nigerian lawyers find

Tobi's judgments as authoritative as the nation’s basic laws. Truly, the

Nigerian judiciary has lost a rare breed-jurist whose impeccable records

stand as a referral to others in the Temple of Justice”.

Semenitari expressed sadness that Tobi's death came on the heels of the

recent double tragedy that befell the Niger Delta region in the loss of

two former Super Eagles Coaches, Stephen Keshi and Amodu Shuaibu,

lamenting that the latest incident has added to the blanket of grief in

the region. However, she prayed God to stem the tide.

“The Niger Delta region has been in back-to-back mourning. While the

region mourned in the last three weeks and prayed never-again, little did

we know that death would come for one of our best this time in the

judicial sphere. This season of harvest of death in the region has

depleted our First Eleven, Justice Tobi being a prominent player.”

Semenitari condoled with the Tobi family, members of the Nigerian Bench,

the people and Government of Delta State. She noted that though Justice

Tobi would be missed, his good memory and his works in expanding judicial

scholarship and the legal literature in Nigeria would remain evergreen.

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