The legal community lost one of its senior members last week, with the passage of Dixy Oddiri at the age of 79.
Born February 27, 1944, Mr Oddiri passed away in Lagos, on January 16, 41 days before his 80th birthday. He attended two secondary schools in the Warri area, Hussey College between 1956 and 1960 and later, Urhobo College, Effurun from 1961 to1962.
After College, Mr Oddiri had a brief stint at the then Western Region Judiciary, working in Warri, Benin City, and Kwale. He caught the legal bug during this period, and subsequently proceeded to Holborn College London, from where he obtained the University of London LLB degree.
Dixy Oddiri returned to Nigeria in 1977, enrolled at the Nigerian Law School, Lagos and was called to the Bar in 1978.
After a brief career in the Federal Civil Service, first as a Pupil State Counsel in the Federal Ministry of Justice, then in the Legal Advisers Unit in the Department of Customs and Excise, Dixy Oddiri went into private legal practice and set up his Chambers Dixy Oddiri & Co, in Western House, Broad Street, Lagos. From his Lagos base, Dixy Oddiri practised law in Lagos, Benin City, Warri and Abuja.
He was deeply involved in the politics of the NBA, at the national and State level in Lagos and Delta State. It was therefore not surprising that, in 1989, Mr Dixy Oddiri won the election to become the Secretary of NBA Lagos Branch. He also served as a member of the Nigerian Legal Aid Council Board.
Mr Dixy Oddiri is survived by his wife, children and siblings.
Department of Commercial Law, University of Lagos to hold seminar on P&ID case.
Date: January 30, 2024
Venue: Zoom/Faculty of Law University of Lagos
Topic: A DIALOGUE ON THE PROCESS AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENTS LTD (P&ID) v FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA CASE
Discussants: Prof Oyelowo Oyewo, SAN; Prof James Akanmu; Dr Akeem Bello, Dele Ogun; Dr Kemi Omotubora Moderator: Prof Abiola Sanni, SAN
Meeting ID: 854 2320 4510