By Jon Egie

 

 

Remains of late Justice Ohwo lying in state at the SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ughelli during the funeral mass

Remains of late Justice Ohwo lying in state at the SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ughelli during the funeral mass

The Chief Judge of Delta State, Hon Justice Marshal Umukoro has expressed gratitude to the Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa for his support to the judiciary.

 

The Chief Judge made the public appreciation during the occasion of a special court session in honour of late Justice F.O.Ohwo which held at the High Court of Justice, Ughelli; Friday, Dec 15.

 

 

Lawyers bear the remains of late Justice Ohwo to the High Court Ughelli for the special court session.

Lawyers bear the remains of late Justice Ohwo to the High Court Ughelli for the special court session.

The CJ noted that Governor Okowa has always stood with the judiciary in her moments of grief recalling that the State government picked up the medical bills and burial expenses of late Magistrate Okpodu and upon the demise of Hon Justice A.P.E. Awala, JCA (rtd), the governor extended his helping hand to the judiciary and the family. He added that Governor Okowa also came to assist the judiciary when Hon Justice F.A. Nwulu died just as he showed concern and tendered condolences to the judiciary on the demise of Hon Justice F.O. Ohwo.

 

 

Cross section of lawyers at the High Court Ughelli during the special court session

Cross section of lawyers at the High Court Ughelli during the special court session

During the special court session, the Attorney General of Delta State, Mr Peter Mrakpor, represented by the Acting Attorney General of the State and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, Nkwor Daniel Andy Momah, in a suit between the Attorney General and the registered Trustees of the Nigeria Bar Association moved a motion praying the court for an Order granting leave for the family of late Justice F.O. Ohwo to remove the remains from the wells of the Court for befitting burial at his residence in Orogun in Ughelli North LGA, and that his soul may rest in peace and such other orders that the court may deem necessary.

 

Chief Milton Ohwovoriole (SAN) who appeared for the Bar did not oppose the motion and consequently, the Chief Judge, Justice Marshal Umukoro in his ruling granted leave to remove, with dignity, the remains of late Justice F.O. Ohwo from the wells of the Court for a befitting burial.

 

Members of the Bench during the special court session

Members of the Bench during the special court session

Chief Milton Ohwovoriole on behalf of the Bar articulated sentiments for the late Justice F.O. Ohwo and thereafter members of the Bench and Bar paid their last respect to the deceased before the remains were removed to the SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ughelli for a funeral mass.

The late Justice F.O. Ohwo was born on Nov. 22, 1958 and died on Sept. 29, 2017. He attended Government primary school, GRA Warri now Nana primary school, Warri (1966-1972), Government College, Ughelli (1972-1976) for his secondary education, Federal Government College, Kaduna (1976-1978) for his Higher School Certificate. He gained admission into the University of London, UK in 1979 and was awarded the Bachelor of Law in 1983, attended the Nigerian Law School, Lagos and was called to Bar in 1984.

 

The remains of late Justice Ohwo lying in state at the High Court, Ughelli before being removed from the wells of the court

The remains of late Justice Ohwo lying in state at the High Court, Ughelli before being removed from the wells of the court

He started his career on the Bench in 1987 as a Magistrate and served in Afuze, Sabon-gida-Ora, Ughelli, Patani, Warri and Ekpan. In 1997, he served as Director of Public Prosecution in Delta State.

 

The Chief Judge in his remark confirmed that Hon Justice Franklyn Otaroghene Ohwo was not only hard working; he was transparently honest, firm and courageous.

 

“His reputation as a Magistrate and Judge is solid. He believes that the good things of life can only be attained by dint of hard work. He was a modest approach to life and living” the CJ said.

 

At the funeral service, the Rev Fr. Vitus Ogbonna of the SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in his homily described late Justice Ohwo as an incorrigible Judge.

 

Senior Advocates of Nigeria in the court during the session

Senior Advocates of Nigeria in the court during the session

The remains were later taken in a motorcade to his home town, Orogun where he was interred.

 

He is survived by three children: Flora Ohwo (a Legal practitioner), Victor Ohwo (a medical doctor) Frances Ohwo (a student); his aged father and mother, a brother and two sisters.

 

Five Senior Advocate of Nigeria: Akpomudje Albert, Ohwovoriole Milton, Ajuya Charles, Efe Akpofure and Oyomine were along with members of the Bench  and Bar across the State present at the occasion