Prominent lawyer, Olufemi Adeyeri ,died in court yesterday, just moments after he finished presenting his case.
According to an Owo court security officer, Magistrate Edwin called the attention of other lawyers in the court room to the slow-pace of words of Adeyeri before he fell on the floor.
The security officer said, “I called the attention of a colleague from the Nigerian Prison service to see that this lawyer is not strong. Before we know what was happening (Adeyeri) slumped and could not talk again.”
He said, “(Adeyeri) had just finished pleading with the magistrate to grant his client bail on condition that his innocent of charges against him.”
SaharaReporters learned Adeyeri was given a first aid treatment at the court before being rushed to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
A close friend and colleague of Adeyeri said he had been suffering from a brief illness, but no one could knew except those who close to him.
Barrister Olufemi Adeyeri, 65, was a well respected member of the All Progressive Congress, and his influence and knowledge was said to have encouraged many to join the party. He ran for the legislative Owo seat for Ondo State House of Assembly in 2013 but lost.
Former chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Owo branch, Kola Olawoye described the death of Adeyeri as a great loss, not only to the town, but to the bar profession. He said, “the indelible mark left behind by the accommodating legal luminary will be difficult to fill, and pray God to bear his family the fortitude to of the irreparable lost.”
SaharaReporters contacted the family for comment, but they declined.
Neighbors and sympathizers were sighted at the residence of the deceased wailing and crying over the ugly death while the bereaved were been consoled.
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