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Family set to release burial arrangement of Umezulike, Ex-Enugu CJ



The family of immediate past Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice Innocent Azubike Umezulike has said it will soon announce the burial arrangements of the late jurist who passed on in a private London hospital.

The first son to the late legal sage, Barrister Victor Chukwuka Umezulike said the burial rites would soon be released.

He asks for the public to continue to pray for the family at this extremely difficult time, while according the family privacy and respect as they mourn the exit of the great patriarch.

His daughter, Barrister Chisom Cynthia Umezulike also expressed appreciation to all and sundry whom she said have expressed condolences on the demise of the acclaimed legal luminary on Conveyancing, Adverse Possession, Land and Property Law.

Justice Professor Innocent Azubike Umezulike (OFR, FCIArb) apart from being the Chief Judge of Enugu State for over 13 years, was the second longest serving Chief Judge in Nigeria.

His lifetime would be remembered for receiving over 100 distinguished Legal Honour and Awards for excellence in service as a distinguished Judge of Enugu State High Court for over 23 years and who single-handedly authored and published over 23 books in these fields.

Appointed by the Federal Government of Nigeria to serve at the Supreme Court of Gambia in 1997, he was conferred with the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (OFR) and was also President and Chairman Failed Banks Tribunal Zone 6 Nigeria.

Among his numerous accomplished tasks included his Chairmanship of Visitation Panel to Enugu State University of Science and Technology; Chairman judicial panel of inquiry on land distribution and allocation in Enugu state; Chairman judicial inquiry on adoration ground tragedy.

He was also the Chairman Judicial Service Commission (JSC); Chairman Comprehensive Judicial Inquiry on Land distribution in Enugu State; Sub-Dean Faculty of Law, Nnamdi Azikiwe University and a Visiting Professor of Property Law, Ebonyi State University.

Justice Professor Umezulike was a Visiting Professor of Property Law, Enugu State University of Science and Technology; Secretary, National Committee for the Unification of Criminal Laws of Northern and Southern Nigeria; Secretary Ministerial Committee for the Revision of the Land Use Act; Senior Special Adviser to the Attorney General of Federation of Nigeria.

A Distinguished Senior Legal Adviser to the Nigerian Television Authority, the legal icon accomplished other tasks as Secretary, Task Force on Company Incorporated by Guarantee in Nigeria; National Leader, Nigerian Delegation to African legal consultative assembly held in Kampala Uganda.

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