The Special Adviser to the president on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati on twitter quoted President Jonathan as saying: “Eso, bold, fearless and courageous, helped to establish judicial independence, professionalism, discipline and integrity in the legal system.”
The Father of Judicial Activism in Nigeria, Justice Kayode Eso is dead. The popular judge died at his home in Lagos today according to a family source.
Justice Eso is regarded as one of the most daring and respected judge of the Nigerian Supreme Court to ever live. Born in Ilesha in Osun state, Justice Eso has a bachelors as well as masters degree in law from the Trinity College in London.
He was aged 87.
Justice Esho since the beginning of this year had stayed more in the UK than Nigeria.
He only returned home in October to receive his country’s belated honor, Commander of the Order of the Niger.
Justice Bobakayode Eso was born on September 18, 1925 at Ilesa, in Osun State, Nigeria. He proceeded to Trinity College, Dublin where he graduated with a Bachelor of Law with Hons Degree in Legal Science in 1953 and a Masters in 1956.
Justice Kayode Eso is the greatest protagonist for an Independent Judiciary and very well known for his relentless efforts in maintaining discipline and protecting the integrity of his court.
Another Supreme Court Judge, Justice Pius Aderemi tendered Justice Kayode Eso as a “permanent exhibit”. He also added, “Eso’s decisions as a Judge is legendary and a delight to study”, “Full of erudite scholarship, well reasoned and replete with legal authorities, there are fine statements of law and veritable guides for all in the legal profession or concerned with law.”
He has received several Awards and University honours. He is Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON): 1979; He received LL.D honoris Causa, University of Ibadan: 1990, and University of Nigeria, Nsukka: 2001, respectively.
He is an author of several books, articles and he has delivered various papers at National and International Seminars.
He is married to Helen Aina Eso and they are blessed with 2 children and five grand children.
May his soul rest in peace.