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By: Ade Adeleke
A valedictory court session has been held in honour of the late Olowo of Owo, Oba (Dr) David Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi, CFR who was a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, a Life Bencher and a teacher of Law to many legal luminaries in both the Bar and the Bench.
This is just as Senate President Bukola Saraki joined dignitaries yesterday to pay his last respect to the late monarch during an interdenominational service held in Owo.
In his tribute at the occasion, the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, described the late Royal Father as a true patriot, revered monarch and an illustrious son of the state who would be missed by all.
The governor, in his speech entitled, “Celebrating a great Scholar and Patriot”, at the special court session held at the State High Court, Akure, said the occasion was not to mourn but to celebrate the life and times of a true patriot, statement, revered monarch and an illustrious son of the state and therefore congratulated the people of Owo Kingdom for the gift of the rare gem to humanity.
He, however, noted that it was regrettable and painful that the traditional ruler quietly joined his ancestors at a time when the task of nation building calls for men of deep intellect, broad knowledge and experience like the late monarch.
Pix: Ondo CJ with other judges.
The governor stressed that he personally felt the sudden death of the late monarch as an Owo son, just as he appreciated the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Olutoyin O. Akeredolu for and his brother Judges for holding the well-deserved and befitting special Court Session in honour of the First Class Royal Father whom he called a colossus, a teacher of lawyers and legal practitioner of note.
Arakunrin Akeredolu said the late Olowo of Owo devoted his life to the service of humanity and served in several capacities before and during his reign as the Olowo of Owo.
He equally added that, as the Chairman of Council of Obas, the late monarch promoted peace throughout the state and stood for truth and justice throughout his tenure, while successive governments in the state including the present administration benefited alot from his wealth of experience and knowledge.
“The highly cerebral king devoted his life to the service of humanity. He served in several capacities before and during his reign as the Olowo of Owo. Apart from being the former Secretary Council of Legal Education, he was former General Secretary Nigerian Association of Law Teachers, Deputy Director General for Africa International Biographical Centre, England, former Chancellor, University of Benin, and former Chairman Ondo State Council of Obas”, the governor added.
Several other bodies which included, the Body of Benchers, Association of Senior Advocates of Nigeria and Members of Nigerian Bar Association, Owo Branch took turn to pay glowing tributes to the late Paramount Ruler of the Ancient Kingdom of Owo.
Corroborating the governor, the State chief judge, justice Olanrewaju Akeredolu as well as the former attorney general and commissioner for justice Mr Eyitayo Jegede who spoke on behalf of the senior advocate of Nigeria, described the late monarch as a man of good and emutable ideas.
Speaking on behalf of the family, Princess Adejumoke commended the legal body for the honour bestowed upon her late father and promised that the children would emulate his moral lifestyle.
Aged seventy-eight, The thirty-first Late Olowo of Owo, Oba David Victor Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi who succeeded his father, Oba Olateru-Olagbegi the second on the twenty first of February, 1999 from Eléwokùn ruling house joined his ancestors on the seventeenth of last month.