Renowned jurist, former chief judge of Enugu state and Professor of Land and Property Law Justice, Professor Innocent Azubike Umezulike has passed away.
He passed away at a private hospital in London, United Kingdom surrounded by his beloved children, Vanguard reports.
Justice Professor I.A Umezulike was the chief judge of Enugu state for over 13 years, remarkably the longest-serving chief judge in southeastern Nigeria and the second longest serving chief judge in Nigeria.
Justice Umezulike would be remembered for receiving over 100 distinguished Legal Honour and Awards.
He was recommended for compulsory retirement by the National Judiciary Council (NJC) in 2016 following petitions against him by an Enugu based lawyer.
He was later dragged to high courts in Enugu and Port Harcourt by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and his bank accounts frozen over some of the allegations that brought about his forced exit from the bench.
The funerals arrangements, according to the family, would follow shortly.
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NAIJ.com previously reported the death of the legendary Nigerian musician, Ukeleke Onwubuya better known as Ras Kimono. He passed away in the early hours of Sunday, June 10, in Lagos.
He was reportedly supposed to travel to the United States on Saturday, June 9, before he complained of feeling down. He was rushed to a hospital in Ikeja, where he was later referred to Lagoon Hospital on the Island where he died.
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