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Lagos High Court Holds Valedictory Session in Honour of Chief Babatunde Benson

Lagos High Court Holds Valedictory Session in Honour of Chief Babatunde Benson as legal stakeholders pay glowing tributes

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It was a day of glowing tribute, as the Lagos State High Court, sitting in Ikeja, held a valedictory court session in honour of late Chief Babatunde Benson, SAN, who died on 24th of June, 2021 in Ikorodu area of the State.

Chief Babatunde Benson died at the age of 89years in his residence, after serving the nation and the judicial sector meritoriously for 68 years.

Chief Benson was conferred with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in recognition of his contributions to the development of law and nation building in 1983.

In his valedictory speech in honour of the late jurist, the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Kazeem Alogba described him as a gentleman per excellence and an accomplished Jurist.

He said his service as a lawyer is eloquent testimony to the fact that he left a legacy of excellence of service marked with courage discipline, integrity and great industry.

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Justice Alogba said late Chief Benson, whom he served under his chamber, discharged the duties of his office creditably.

On his part, the Attorney General of the State, Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, said Chief Benson was a super active bar man whose integrity and brilliance earned him the respect of his peers throughout the length and breadth of the country.

According to the AG, Chief Benson lived a life of committed service to the legal profession in diverse capacities.

Similarly, the President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Paul Usoro, who described him as an Icon move a motion to note that the late legal luminary is a leading light to Nigerian lawyers whose way of life can be learned from.

In the same vein, the body of Senior Advocate of Nigeria, represented by Chief Tunji Ayanlaja, said the late jurist would be remembered for having mentored the bulk of the Senior Lawyers in the country.

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“we are consoled in the fact that by his contribution to the dispensation of Justice in this state, he has no doubt left his foot prints on the sands of time. He has come, he has fought and he has left the baton and the stage for us to carry on,” he added.

Chief Babatunde Benson was the first and only legal practitioner to serve as General Secretary and President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA.

He was Chairman of African Bar Association and Vice-Chairman of Common-Wealth Lawyers Association.

He was the first Chairman of the Socio-Cultural and Development Group, Ikorodu and until his demise, the Chairman of Lagos State Lagoon movement.

Chief Babatunde Benson will be buried this Friday.

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Alleged Killers Deny Role In The Killing of Minor

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The alleged killers of a 7-year-old Kazeem Rafiu have pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy and murder.

This followed the arraignment of the two suspects, four years after they allegedly committed the offence.

Adedoyin Oyekanmi and Erinmole Adetokunbo denied killing the boy on Monday at their arraignment before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court in Ikeja.

In 2017, 26-year-old, Erinmole and Adedoyin were remanded in prison custody in connection with the death of Kazeem Rafiu.

When the matter was called, the court registrar read charges: “That you, Adedoyin Oyekanmi and Erinmole Adetokunbo, on June 7, 2017, at about 2pm on Oke-Oniburokun Street, Odokekere, Ikorodu, Lagos, in the Ikeja jurisdiction, did conspire among yourselves to commit felony, to wit: murder, thereby committing an offence.

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“That you, on the same date, time and place, in the aforementioned jurisdiction, did kill one Kazeem Rafiu, aged seven, by cutting off his head with a cutlass, thereby committing an offence.

“That you, without lawful justification or excuse, dismembered the remains of one Kazeem Rafiu, aged seven.”

Erinmole and Adedoyin was said to have lured the boy from his parents’ house on Sotunyo Street to the church’s premises on Oke-Oniburokun Street, Odo-kekere, Ikorodu where he was said to have been killed.

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Also the defendants were said to have beheaded him and buried the head around the church’s altar, while the body was kept in a canal.

Erinmole was later apprehended by residents. He was said to have confessed to to the crime with Adedoyin.

Upon denying the allegations against them, the judge fixed November 6, 2021 for commencement of trial

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Lagos Judiciary Set To Begin New Legal Year

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The Lagos State Judiciary is set to begin its 2021/2022, Legal Year on September 27, 2021

A statement from the office of the Assistant Director, Public Affairs, Lagos State Judiciary, Mrs Ololade Ige, stated that the legal year would start with simultaneous service at Cathedral Church Marina, Lagos and prayer at Central Mosque, Nnamdi Azikiwe Street, Lagos on September 27, 10a.m.

There would be a parade of guards at the Tafa Balewa Square, TBS, Lagos.

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Businessman Land In Court Over Insulting Policemen

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Justice Anas Isa, of Karu Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, has granted a businessman, Lekan Sebanjo, five hundred thousand naira bail with two sureties.

The judge granted him bail after his arraignment for allegedly insulting police officers on duty.

According to Police, Sebanjo who resides at Jikowi, on the outskirts of Abuja, obstructed police team in the discharge of their functions.

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“A team of policemen led by ASP Bukar Mohammed intercepted an offender and his vehicle.

From nowhere, Sebanjo came out and began to rain insults on the police operatives thereby obstructing them from discharging their functions,’’ Adeyanju told the court.

The prosecutor, Ayotunde Adeyanju, told the court that the offence contravened provisions of the Penal Code.

Sebanjo denied the allegation.

After entertaining submission of Counsel, the judge granted him bail and adjourned the case to October 6 for hearing

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