Ondo State Governor- Elect, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) has described the death of the immediate past Chief Judge of the state, Justice Gladys Olateru-Olagbegi as a great loss to the legal profession.
Olateru-Olagbegi, 71,who was the first female and immediate past Chief Judge of the State died at the University Teaching Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State capital early Sunday morning.
Describing her death as a personal loss, Akeredolu said the shoe left behind by the former Chief Judge both on the Bench and the academia would be difficult to fill.
Akeredolu lamented that “physically, the Nigerian Bar and the Bench have also lost one of its flag bearers,as she was an Amazon of Justice who gave all her competence and abilities to engineer a society where Justice and Equity define human civilization.”
Akeredolu stressed: “In conjunction with her peers, she contributed sincerity, timeliness, erudition, intellect, transparency, piety and credibility to the Bench where she served and retired as the Chief Judge of Ondo State.
Throughout her 18 years tenure on the Bench, she administered law and justice with stoic dedication and a humanist face.
“While on the Bench, she was purely a classical, neat and incorruptible judge. Her calmness, eloquence, brilliance and courage, particularly as Chief Judge of Ondo state will remain a reference point to all who seek honour and best practices from the highest zenith of the Bench.
“As a former colleague at the Bar, she left behind an indelible record of outstanding performance and dedication to duty, particularly with the old Oyo State Judiciary which she served for many years as an officer and later rose to the enviable height as Director of Public Prosecution.
“As a lawyer, she also served the Ibadan branch of the NBA with all her strength, energy and total being and her tenure as an officer of the branch will surely be remembered for her record dedication and honesty.
“Personally, I have lost a true, long standing friend, a comrade and a dedicated fellow parishioner at the All Saints Anglican Church Ibadan where we both served at the Altar,”the Ondo Governor elect submitted.