Chief Judge of Delta State, Justice Marshall Umukoro, has described the late protégé of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Chief Gabriel Ohwo, as a man full of uncommon wisdom and courage.
Justice Umukoro made the remarks during a condolence visit to the Warri home of the deceased by an entourage from the Delta State Judiciary.
Umukoro and judges of the Delta State Judiciary were represented by an entourage led by the administrative judge, Effurun Judiciary, Justice G.B.Briki-Okolosi.
Also on the entourage were members of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Warri branch, represented by its chairman, Chief Emmanuel Uti, who described the late Ohwo as having lived well with enduring legacies.
Delivering a speech on behalf of the chief judge and judges of the Delta State Judiciary, Justice Briki-Okolosi, who recollected that the late Ohwo was christened “Great Gabriel” by the sage, Chief Awolowo, who was so impressed by the way and manner he handled the prison riot that could have cost him (Awolowo) his life while serving term in Calabar Prison in 1966.
Describing Orogun-born Ohwo as a detrabalised Nigerian, the chief judge averred that “although by his origin, he was Urhobo, he was a detribalised Nigerian.
“The late chief was also a kind man. He believed in people and his own abilities. He demonstrated this by accepting the posting to Calabar – an unpopular decision at the time and succeeded at it. He was also a principled man who believed that Nigeria would have been better if our leaders in their travels abroad sought to replicate the development they saw overseas back at home.”
The late Chief Ohwo, who rose to the position of Assistant Director of Prisons, died at 91 on March 21 in Warri, following an old age-related illness.
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