Former director-general of the Nigeria Law School Dr Kole Abayomi has died in the United Kingdom (UK) after contracting coronavirus, The Guardian reports.
Abayomi died on Thursday, April 3, a statement by the secretary of the Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (BOSAN), Seyi Sowemimo, SAN, disclosed.
“The BOSAN Secretariat wishes to announce the death of Dr Koleade A. Abayomi SAN, OON, who died in the early hours of today, 2nd of April, 2020 in London,” Sowemimo said.
“We deeply mourn the sad loss of our departed colleague and pray that the Almighty God grant his family the fortitude to bear the loss.”
Abayomi was born on the 20th of August, 1940. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1966 and admitted to the Inner Bar in 2005. He taught at the Nigerian Law School and rose to the position of Director-General in November 2004.
“He retired in 2005 and went into private practice and consultancy in Lagos until his death. He’s survived by his wife, children and great-grandchildren,” Sowemimo said.
One of his colleagues Dele Adesina SAN said Abayomi held the ideals, values and virtues of the Legal Profession exceedingly high.
“Dr Kole Abayomi SAN built his reputation on what was all the way positive such as proud parentage, sound legal education, high standard of legal practice, elegance, decorum and self-confidence. These qualities will remain indelible in our hearts,” Adesina said in a separate statement.
A 68-year-old Nigerian doctor Alfa Saadu also died on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in the UK after contracting coronavirus.