Former Chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Lagos Branch, Akin Akinbote has died of kidney disease at the age of 56.
All efforts by the Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola, SAN, also a lawyer, to safe him proved abortive.
Fashola ‘s deployment of his personal phyisician could not safe the former Lagos branch NBA chairman.
He died a day to his scheduled medical trip abroad.
In Lagos, eminent lawyers, friends and family members paid glowing tribute to him during a valedictory court session organised in his honour.
The Chairman of the NBA,Lagos branch, Mr. Taiwo Taiwo on Thursday described the deceased former chairman of the branch as a forthright and selfless man who served the Lagos NBA and the national body meritoriously.
According to him “Akinbote was a man who would stand his ground on any issue without fear or favour”.
He further lauded the effort of the Governor of Lagos State,Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) for his prompt response to Akinbote’s plight.
“He sent his personal physician to Akinbote and was ready to support financially like all our colleagues when on that fateful day, Akinbote breathed his last, the same day he went to the embassy for visa.
He was to travel out on Saturday.
“On behalf of the branch, we thank all who gave their support and those who called to do so on Wednesday February 20, 2013 not knowing he had passed on.I want us to pause a while and look at the children, all four boys: Akintola, Akinola, Akinolu and Akinbolu. Let us decide now to do something for them. Let us be kind to them in any way we can,” he said.
He continued further, “The important thing is that he lived a decent life, free from frivolity and recklessness. At no time, to the best of my knowledge, was he caught or found engaged in unethical deal or being rude or nasty to any colleague or judge”.
Taiwo urged all those present not to forget to take care of the wife and four children the late
lawyer left behind.
They all lamented his demise and eulogized him in their speeches.
Also present were his wife, Adebimpe and his four children.