Emmanuel Addeh in Yenagoa
Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, has described the late Retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice NikI Tobi, as “an ambassador of the Ijaw nation” who lived a life of selfless devotion, integrity and honour in the service of the nation.
The governor visited in company with the Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Friday Kombowei Benson; Chief Judge of Bayelsa State, Justice Kate Abiri; and Leader of the House Peter Akpe.
Also on the governor’s entourage were the Bayelsa State Attorney General, Kemasuode Wodu; Chief of Staff, Talford Ongolo and other top government functionaries.
While paying tributes to the late JSC, Dickson noted that he will be remembered for his role as Chairman of the National Political Debate Conference.
“He stood out as one of the best in the country”, Dickson stated, adding that, the late Justice Tobi left worthy and indelible legacies that will make his family and the Ijaw nation proud.
He stressed that the contributions of Justice Tobi to the development of the justice system, the judiciary and the legal profession as a whole were deserving of commendation.
He added, “We are proud of him and his legacies, especially as an icon of justice. The whole Ijaw nation feels proud of Justice Niki Tobi’s outstanding contributions to the nation. He was a patriot.”
Son of the late legal icon, Justice Ebiowei Tobi, on behalf of the family, thanked the governor and his entourage for the visit which, he said, represented a “tremendous love and honour” for his late father.