Lagos oldest judge, Justice Oluwa dies at 102

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A retired judge of the High Court of Lagos State, Justice Isiaka Isola Oluwa has died at 102. 

Justice Oluwa will be remembered for sentencing Lagos socialite, Alhaji Jimoh Isola, a.k.a Ejigbadero, to death for the murder of a farmer, Raji Oba over land dispute in 1975.

He passed on at his Ilupeju home in Lagos in the early hours of today, Saturday, May 9, 2020.

A Muslim, he was born on June 23, 1918 to Lagosian parents in Ogwude, Cross River State. He attended Forcados Government School, Bonny; St Bartholomew’s School, Degema; Government School, Sapele; and King’s College, Lagos.

Justice Oluwa also attended School of Agriculture, Samaru-Zaria, University of London where he studied Law, and Lincoln’s Inn, London, where he was called to the Bar in 1957.

The late jurist worked severally as lecturer, Farm Management, University of Ibadan(1949-50), Lecturer, School of Agriculture, Samaru-Zaria, and Extension Manager, Zaria Province.

He began a law practice after returning to Nigeria from London at the firm of Oluwa, Kotoye and Co.He was appointed High Court judge on June 1,1974. He retired on June 17, 1983.

Justice Oluwa at various times was member, Board of Governors, Glover Memorial Hall (1965-1974), member, Lagos Town Council, member,Reorganization of Local Government, Lagos State, and Pro-Chancellor of Lagos State University, Ojo. Also, for many years, he was the chairman of the Association of Lagos indigenous retired judges.

His remains have been buried at Atan Cemetery according to Islamic rites.