A retired Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Samuel Ilori, will deliver a lecture on Sunday at the Archbishop Vining Memorial Church Cathedral, Ikeja GRA, Lagos State.
The first quarterly lecture in the ‘God in my life’ series is organised by the Torchbearers’ Society of the cathedral.
According to a statement on Wednesday, 84-year-old Ilori will be received by the Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of Lagos West, Rt. Rev. Dr. James Odedeji, and the Dean of the AVMCC, Ven. Adegoke Agara.
“The congregation of the Archbishop Vining Memorial Church Cathedral, Ikeja GRA, will on Sunday, February 18, listen to the evidence-in-chief of God’s beneficence in the life of a man who, 63 years ago, began as a Grade III teacher and, 50 years later, was appointed the Chancellor of the Diocese of the Ilesa South West in the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion).
“The Hon. Justice Ilori received his tertiary education at the University of Leeds, in the UK, from 1959 to 1962. He was called to the bar at the Inner Temple in London in 1963 and ultimately to the Nigerian Bar at the Supreme Court in 1964.
“He began private law practice immediately afterwards but on July 1, 1965, he was appointed a pupil state counsel in the Federal Ministry of Justice. He transferred his services to the Lagos State Government three years later to become a state counsel.
“Between 1970 and 1977, he served through the ranks, but on March 6, 1978, he was appointed the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions.
“Fifteen months later, he was appointed Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Justice. And also 15 months later, at the age of 46 years, he was appointed a judge of the High Court of Lagos State. He served in that capacity for 16 years and in1996, he became the Chief Judge of Lagos State, and went into retirement in 1999 at the mandatory age of 65 years,” the statement added.