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‘Niki Tobi was a Man of Honour,’ says Gadzama


‘Niki Tobi was a Man of Honour,’ says Gadzama

Jun 23, 2016
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Chief J-K. Gadzama (SAN)Leading Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) presidential candidate and foremost arbitrator, Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama (SAN) has described the death of former justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Niki Tobi as “very sad and shocking.”
“Justice Tobi was one of the best and brightest jurists this country has ever known,” said Gadzama. “He was a jurist of the finest refinement, a noble soul whose lucid and erudite judgements helped in shaping our legal architecture and jurisprudence.”
According to Gadzama, “Justice Tobi has left indelible prints on our legal landscape. His endearing humanism, courage, incorruptibility and patriotism came handy at crucial moments in our history when our judiciary was groping for direction and moral rectitude.”

Gadzama recalled with nostalgia “how the deceased judicial icon, as the pioneer Dean of Law, University of Maiduguri taught us the rudiments of law at the earliest part of our law degree programme.” In fact, because of Justice Tobi’s unparalleled devotion to his craft and to his students including Gadzama and his classmates as well as his contributions to the development of the law and society, Gadzama, in appreciation and to honor him even while the late justice was still alive, named the moot court in his J-K Gadzama Court as “Justice Niki Tobi Moot Court.”Gadzama said: “My only regret is that as a result of the prolonged sickness, the late jurist could not visit the moot court before he passed on to eternity,” adding that “He will be dearly missed by all who knew him intimately as a man of honour and a prodigious intellectual. Our deep sympathies go to the entire nation and especially to his immediate family. We will continue to remember them in our prayers.”

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