Akpedeye: ‘A Colossal Loss’, Okowa Mourns Delta’s Former Chief Judge

Governor of Delta state, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has reacted to the death of the former Attorney-General of the state, Barr Dafe Akpedeye.

In a statement on Tuesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, Okowa expressed deep sadness over Akpedeye’s death, describing it as a colossal loss to the state.

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“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I mourn the passing of a gentleman and thoroughbred professional, Dafe Akpedeye SAN, who reportedly died on Monday.”

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“The news of his death came to me as a shock and I send my heartfelt condolences to the family, the people of Ughelli North, the Nigerian Bar Association and Delta State University on the passing of the renowned statesman and top-notch lawyer.

“He was a gentleman and brilliant lawyer of international acclaim, who distinguished himself in the service of his people and in the private and public sectors.

“In acknowledgement of Akpedeye’s enormous contributions in law practice, he was elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2004 and was recognised by the Federal Republic of Nigeria, with the national honour of Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (OFR) in 2014,” he said

Barr Dafe Akpedeye, a senior lawyer, died on Monday in a hospital in Lagos, Nigeria at the ripe age of 59.

The respected lawyer hails from Uwheru Kingdom in Ughelli North Local Government of Delta State and served as Delta State’s Attorney General from 2007-2009.

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