Human rights lawyer and activist, Fred Agbaje, is dead. Mr. Agbaje died in London on Friday. The cause of his death is yet to be disclosed. His colleague and fellow human rights lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, who also confirmed Mr. Agbaje’s passing, described him a thoroughbred lawyer and a man of principle.
“He got nominated for SAN (Senior Advocate of Nigeria) three times but failed to make the final list, and he told me he would not lobby anybody for that title,” Mr. Adegboruwa said.
“He was a highly detribalised Nigerian, not many knew he was from Edo State. The bar has lost an icon, his place in Nigeria’s judiciary can never be filled.”
Before his death, Mr. Agbaje served as the in-house lawyer for Ben Bruce’s Silverbird Group, among other positions he held.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the family, friends and professional colleagues of erudite human rights lawyer, Fred Agbaje, who passed on Saturday.
The President, who received the news of the sad development with shock, described the constitutional lawyer as “an ardent advocate against corruption and canvasser for internal democracy in political parties, who also believed strongly in the sanctity of the ballot box.”
President Buhari commends the fearlessness of the late lawyer in calling for the cleansing of bad eggs in the judiciary and standing up for his beliefs as he fought for the rights of the less-privileged in the society.
He notes that the country has lost a principled man as he enjoins Me. Agbaje’s admirers to keep the flag flying.
The President prays that God Almighty consoles the Agbaje family and all those who mourned the deceased legal practitioner.