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SUPREME COURT JUSTICE OGBUAGU BOWS OUT

By NBF News

The Supreme Court will on Monday hold valedictory session in honour of Justice Ikechi Francis Ogbuagu, who will be bowing out of the apex court Bench after the mandatory retirement age of 70 years.

The session, which would be presided over by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Aloysius Katsina-Alu, according to a statement by the Assistant Director Press and Information, Festus Akande Aweneri, will take place at the Supreme Court complex by 10.am.

Justice Ogbuagu who was born in Umukabia, Ohuhu-Umuahia in Abia State on September 13, 1940, was called to the Nigerian Bar in July 1966 and was elevated to the Supreme Court bench in June 2005.

At the age of 25 years, he obtained his Bachelor of Law degree from London in 1965 before proceeding to the Nigerian Law School.

He began his career as a private legal practitioner and became a Judge of the Imo State High Court in 1990. In September 2002, he was appointed a Justice of the Court of Appeal where he served till June 2005 when he was elevated to the apex court at the age of 65.

A member of the World Jurist Association and prolific writer, Justice Ogbuagu has received several wards including the Most Outstanding Judicial Officer in Abia judicial Division by the state branch of the Nigeria Bar Association.