Oldest Judge in Lagos, Isiaka Ishola Oluwa, Dies at 102

Justice Isiaka Isola Oluwa, a retired judge of the High Court of Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial city, is dead.

According to reports the Lagos State oldest judge died in his home at Ilupeju, Lagos in the early hours of today, Saturday, May 9 at age 102.

Checkupdatetv learned that Justice Oluwa will be buried at the Atan Cemetery, Yaba at 4 pm, according to Islamic rites.

The late judge will be remembered as the judge that sentenced Lagos socialite, Alhaji Jimoh Isola, popularly known as Ejigbadero, to death for the murder of a farmer, Raji Oba over land disputes, in 1975.

He (Justice Oluwa) was born on June 23, 1918, to Lagosian parents in Cross River State, attended Forcados Government School, Bonny; St Bartholomew’s School, Degema; Government School, Sapele; and King’s College, Lagos.

The late judge also attended School of Agriculture, Samaru-Zaria, the University of London where he studied Law, and Lincoln’s Inn, London, where he was called to the Bar in 1957.

He worked severally as a lecturer, Farm Management, University of Ibadan(1949-50), Lecturer, School of Agriculture, Samaru-Zaria, and Extension Manager, Zaria Province.

He started his law practice after he returned back to Nigeria from London and formed Oluwa, Kotoye and Co.

He was appointed High Court judge on June 1, 1974. He retired on June 17, 1983.

Before he passed away today, Justice Oluwa at various times was Member, Board of Governors, Glover Memorial Hall (1965-1974), member, Lagos Town Council, Member, Reorganization of Local Government, Lagos State, and Pro-Chancellor of Lagos State University, Ojo. Also, for many years, he was the chairman of the Association of Lagos indigenous retired judges.