The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammmad has described Hon. Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour’s robust contributions to the development of legal jurisprudence as inviolable and fascinating.
The CJN eulogised the latter Monday at a valedictory court session held in his honour.
The event which took place at the main courtroom of the Supreme Court in Abuja had jurists from both the bench and the bar in attendance.
Justice Rhodes-Vivour who just clocked the mandatory 70 –year- age for retirement was of the Supreme Court bench before his retirement.
The CJN said the judge has diligently and meticulously offered unquantifiable services to his fatherland and humanity in different capacities for decades.
He said: “He is physically energetic and never gets frightened by any form of challenges that may confront him. His amiable disposition and reticent have literally made him a gentle tiger in the temple of justice.”
While extolling his virtues f, the CJN noted that Vivour-Rhodes’ judgments are not only incisive but also analytical and opulent by all standards.
“His Lordship proficiency in the dispensation of justice, which is anchored on his mastery of law, presents him as a man of honour and scholarship,” Muhammad added.
The Solicitor General of the Federation and Perm Sec, Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr Dayo Apata, SAN, who represented the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN described the judge’s exit from the Supreme Court bench as glorious, adding that his sterling performance, judicial excellence, integrity, professionalism and commitment was a plus to Nigerians and the legal community.
“Apart from proving his mettle across the states in line of duty, Rhodes-Vivour lived a fulfilling career,” the AGF said.
In his own remarks, the president, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Olumide Apata, also described the judge as excellent while delivering justice in the bench.
Apata who portrayed Vivour-Rhodes as mentor to many described him as one with pedigree, adding “Upholding truth in justice dispensation has distinguished my Lord,” Apata said.