An eminent Jurist, Justice Francis Fedode Emomotimi Tabai, recently bowed out of the Supreme Court of Nigeria (SCN), after 42 years of service.
Speaking at the valedictory court session of the Supreme Court held in honor of Justice Tabai Thursday, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Aloma Mariam Mukhtar commended the retired legal icon’s robust scholarly disposition and erudition.
Justice Tabai retired 25th July, having attained the mandatory retirement age of 70 for judges of the appellate court.
“The birth and survival of Justice Tabai can best be described as a miraculous one. Before his birth, his mother gave birth eight times, amongst which were two sets of twins. Thus before his birth, his mother gave birth to ten children but each of them died before he or she was a year old. It was only the grace of God that ensured the survival of the Justice Tabai we have today”, the CJN said.
On his part, the Attorney General of the federation (AGF) and minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke (SAN) said that the Supreme Court Bench will remember and continue to be inspired by his outstanding qualities of temperament, teamwork and maturity which have contributed tremendously to the quality of the Supreme Court we have today.
In his speech, Okey Wali (SAN), President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) said that former Judges should be free to practice law.