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Obi describes Aturu’s death as colossal loss

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AWKA – A former governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi, on Friday described the death of the Human Rights Lawyer, Bamidele Aturu, as a colossal loss to the nation.
Obi in a statement by his media aide, Mr Val Obienyem, in Awka said Aturu’s demise was not to the human rights community and the legal profession alone but to the country at large.
He said the death was one that Nigerians wished it was not true because of the deceased fight against injustice to humanity.
The statement quoted the former governor as describing the late human rights activist as a “friend’’.
“Aturu was consistent in his support for my legal battles to regain my mandate, to come back from my illegal impeachment and for the interpretation of my tenure.
“At each point during those dark times, Aturu was one person who kept calling me intermittently to encourage me not to relent in my search for justice through the courts.’’
The former governor consoled members of the Bar for the loss of their “illustrious member’’, while advising members of the legal profession to look up to people like Aturu as role models.
“Aturu believed in law as an instrument of justice.
“I urge lawyers, especially the younger ones to emulate him in his belief that law should serve the interest of justice and not the contrary,’’ he asserted. (NAN)

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