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Monday , 19 March 2018

Fred Agbaje, human rights lawyer, dies after 2 weeks in coma

Fred Agbaje, human rights lawyer and activist, has died.

Agbaje, who had been in coma for close to two weeks, died at a London hospital after an undisclosed ailment.

Reacting to his death, Monday Ubani, vice chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), described Agbaje as “an erudite lawyer and activist”.

“His death is shocking and painful,” Ubani said.

“He was a foremost human rights lawyer and the legal profession in Nigeria and beyond will definitely miss him. I condole with his family, and pray for them.”

The human rights lawyer was known for his tough stance against corruption.

His colleague and fellow human rights lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, who also confirmed Mr. Agbaje’s passing, described him a thoroughbred lawyer and a man of principle.

“He got nominated for SAN (Senior Advocate of Nigeria) three times but failed to make the final list, and he told me he would not lobby anybody for that title,” Mr. Adegboruwa said.

“He was a highly detribalised Nigerian, not many knew he was from Edo State. The bar has lost an icon, his place in Nigeria’s judiciary can never be filled.”

Before his death, Mr. Agbaje served as the in-house lawyer for Ben Bruce’s Silverbird Group, among other.

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