Ex-CJN, Uwais loses classmate, Obaseki pays tribute

Nigerians have started reacting to the lives and times of Chief Kolawole Okeaya-Inneh, SAN who was a Classmate of former Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Mohammed Uwais.

Okeaya-Inneh who died at the weekend after a long and brave battle with illness, was formally announced in a statement personally endorsed by Obaseki in a tribute on Monday November 6, 2023, bid farewell to the Octogenarian who was one of the earliest legal luminary from Efo State and pave his way to the zenith of his career through hard work during his sojourn on earth.

Okeaya-Inneh, was also a key ally to prominent Nigerians, including Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, the Esama of Benin. and mentored several members of the Bench and the Bar as well as a source of inspiration to many Nigerians.

He was a father to Justice Joy Oghogho Okeaya-Inneh of Edo State Court, is among the Okeaya-Inneh’s Children who are well placed in society.

TheNewspad had reported that the departed senior member of NBA, trained many lawyers in his lifetime, including the Chairman of the Benin Bar, Chief Nosa Francis Edo-Osagie.

Others are the Solicitor-General of Edo State, Prof. Faith Osamagioghowenwi Osadolor, Ph.D., Dele Abina, Esq (Former Chairman of the Benin Bar), Land law guru, Chief A. B. Thomas, including his daughter and State High Court judge, Justice Joy Oghogho Okeaya-Inneh.




I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Chief Kolawole Okeaya Inneh SAN, a father and legal luminary, who was the nation’s most senior Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in the South-South geopolitical region.

Chief Inneh was a legal colossus, a dedicated family man whose achievements within and beyond legal practice served as inspiration to the many lives he touched.

Enigmatic and charismatic, the learned silk always stood for justice and fairness, leaving a lasting impact on the lives of countless individuals, especially the downtrodden in society.

In his resounding belief in family values, Late Inneh instilled the virtues of honesty and hard work in his children, blessing to the State and nation with both a SAN.

Even in passing, we celebrate the late jurist for living a life of excellence, in service to God and humanity and we will miss him for his conviviality, sagacity and tireless contributions to the state and the nation.

I extend my heartfelt condolences to the Okeaya-Inneh family, as well as loved ones, friends and associates and pray that God grants all the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.

His Excellency,
Godwin Obaseki
Governor, Edo State

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