The family of Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has been thrown into mourning, following the death of his uncle, Justice Andrews Otutu Obaseki.
The deceased, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court and the Obaseki of Benin Kingdom, died at 93 years on Thursday evening at his residence, in the presence of his immediate family members.
A close family source who did not want to be named, disclosed that the late Obaseki who was appointed to the bench of the Supreme Court in 1975, was first treated at the intensive care unit of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), but was later taken home where he died.
He would be remembered for one of his reflection on the Nigerian Judiciary, in which he said: “Justice in the courts is the same whether in native courts, High Courts or Supreme Courts; the measure is the same and it is only when there is an error in the application of the substantive law that the different levels come in to make the necessary correction.”
As at the time of filling this report, family members had gathered at the over 80-year-old Benin City residence of the deceased. But the close family member who confirmed his death, said preparations were on to take his body to the mortuary.
The family is yet to formally announced his death.