Justice Kayode Eso
The country's rank of accomplished judges has been further depleted with the death of Justice Kayode Eso at a London hospital on Friday.
A statement released by Olumide Eso, an architect and son of the late justice, on behalf of the family said: "With Glory to Almighty God we wish to announce the peaceful passing on of our husband, father, grandfather, and brother the Justice Kayode Eso, JSC, CON, CFR, on Friday, 16 November 2012 at Hammersmith Hospital London United Kingdom.
"He is survived by his wife Mrs. Helen Aina Eso, his children Funmilayo Eso-Williams and Olumide Eso, as well as his grandchildren."
The Esos' family home in Ibadan was virtually deserted when THISDAY visited mid-Friday. Barring a lone security guard who later opened the gates to the residence after some sympathisers began to swarm the entrance, there was no member of the family in sight.
The death of the retired Supreme Court justice has unleashed a stream of eulogies from Nigerians of diverse backgrounds. In his tribute written in the condolence register at Eso's residence, Justice Peter Aderemi, a retired justice of the Supreme Court said: "A quintessential and an adroit judge has departed this sinful world. Your cherished contribution to the development of law and promotion of justice will remain indelible in the hearts of all of us. May your great soul rest in peace."