The Fred Agbaje’s Chambers on Sunday released a statement to officially announce the death of its principal partner, Mr. Fred Agbaje.
The brief statement jointly signed by Kennedy Osunwa and Adeniyi Pokanu stated that Agbaje died at about 8am on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Lagos, as opposed to earlier media reports that the legal icon died in a London hospital.
The chamber described its late boss as “a resolute defender of the oppressed, a law lord, legal authority of our time, a legal colossus and a rare gem,” whose death had left a yearning gap to be filled in the nation’s jurisprudence.
The statement said that a condolence register had been opened at the Fred Agbaje’s Chambers at No. 51, Popoola Street, Pedro, Shomolu, Lagos, adding that the Agbaje’s family would soon announce the deceased’s burial arrangement.
Meanwhile, a Lagos-based Mr. Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has called for the conferment of the posthumous rank of the Senior Advocate of Nigeria on Agbaje.
Adegboruwa, who recalled working with the late Agbaje on a number of cases, described the deceased as an upright man who valued his integrity and was committed to excellence, adding that he spent a good part of his life fighting for the oppressed.
Also, a Lagos-based lawyer, Mr. Wahab Shittu, said Agbaje was one of the lawyers who saw law practice as an instrument for social engineering, adding that he put his conscience ahead of material gains.
Shittu said, “…He was in the same category with the likes of late Gani Fawehinmi and the late Bamidele Aturu.”