The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has mourned the passing of John Olusegun Odubela, SAN, describing him as a “great compatriot, who toiled till his last days in defence of justice and truth.”
In a statement, the governor said he was deeply saddened by Odubela’s death, noting that he would be remembered for his uprightness and commitment to truth.
Odubela died in a Lagos hospital at the age of 55 years.
According to the governor, “I am deeply saddened by the passing of my friend and brother, John Olusegun Odubela, SAN, a great compatriot, who toiled till his last days in defence of justice and truth.
“Odubela was a fine gentleman, intelligent and committed to the fine ethos of democracy, working earnestly to defend the people against the excesses of their oppressors.”
He added, “He was a brilliant lawyer, who was always on the path of justice and honour.”
Chronicling his contribution to democratic consolidation in Edo State, the governor said: “Since 2007, Odubela has been active in the fight to protect the people’s right to choose their leaders. When circumstances caused a reenactment of the same battle, he threw his legal prowess into the ring to ensure that this legacy is upheld.”
He added, “He remains a shinning light in efforts at consolidating democracy in our dear state.
“On behalf of the Government and people of Edo State, I send heart-felt condolences to his immediate family; the people of Ogun State, who he served as Commissioner; his friends and associates and pray that God will grant us all the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.”