The President of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr Paul Usoro, has expressed condolence to the family of late retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Adolphus Karibi-Whyte, who died on Friday.
He was aged 88 years.
In a statement signed by NBA Spokesman, Mr Kunle Edun, the association described the late justice as a quintessential jurist whose impact in the Nigerian legal system could not be forgotten in a hurry.
“The NBA hereby expresses its deep condolences to my Lords, Honorable Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, the entire Nigerian judiciary, government and people of Rivers State, families and friends of our departed noble Lord.
“Justice Karibi-Whyte left behind sterling legacies and delivered landmark judgments that continue to define the Nigerian legal jurisprudence,” it said.
The NBA described the late Supreme Court jurist “a judicial colossus and one of the greatest jurists that Nigeria ever had.
“Hon. Justice Karibi-Whyte was a retired Justice of the Supreme Court and an erudite Professor of Law.
“He served in other capacities as Chairman of several high-powered Commissions of Inquiry and Tribunals.
“Justice Karibi-Whyte also served as a Judge and Vice President, International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (sitting at the Hague) on November 7, 1993, and Chairman Nigerian Constitutional Conference between 1994 to 1995.
“He authored thirteen books and 55 academic publications in reputable local and international journals, and was highly sought after speaker on legal issues,” the NBA said.
The NBA said Karibi-Whyte was a gentleman of indisputable stellar accomplishments and prayed God to bless his soul and grant him a peaceful rest.
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)