Justice Ejembi Eko has bowed out of the Supreme Court, having attained the mandatory retirement age of 70 years.
At a valedictory court session in honour of Justice Eko at the Supreme Court, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, said the event was a celebration of a quintessential judicial officer, who not only excelled in his career but also in the development of the nation and humanity.
Justice Muhammad described him as an unblemished specimen of humility whose proficiency in the dispensation of justice was firmly rooted in his mastery of law and stood him out as a man of dignity and distinction.
In a speech at the occasion, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, described Justice Eko as a refined and erudite judicial officer who contributed immensely to the development of the country’s jurisprudence.
Justice Eko was admitted into the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University in 1973, where he studied Law.
He graduated in 1976 and proceeded to the Nigerian Law School where he was subsequently called to the Nigerian Bar in 1977.
After spending eight years at the Court of Appeal, he was elevated to the Supreme Court Bench on November 7, 2016.
Reporting by Ifeoma Nwovu; Editing by Omotola Oguneye