Late Justice Oduwole, the patriarch of the Olufuwa royal family of Agbowa-Ikosi, passed on at the ripe age of 90 on June 4, at his residence in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State.
Streetreporters.ng reliably gathered from family sources that the retired judge would be laid to rest on Friday August 10, 2018 in Ijebu Ode, with burial service holding at Christ Church Porogun Ijebu Ode, while the Christian Wake comes up on Thursday, August 9, 2018.
A tribute signed by Prince Olusegun A. Olufuwa FCA, FCCA, on behalf of the Olufuwa royal family, described the death of the late judge as not a great loss to the family, but to the nation at large.
According to Prince Olufuwa; “Our family glue lost all of its sticking power on June 4, 2018. Who, if anyone, will now assume that role? Let us hope there is a new glue formula being developed somewhere in our family’s communication laboratories.
“Papa Hon. Justice Simeon Adebayo Oduwole OFR was a great human being- so strong, bold, jovial, a rare larger-than-life kind of character pillar that supported our whole family Such a huge loss has definitely created a vacuum, one that suffocates me every time I think of him.
“Everyone in the extremely large family of ours, from Agbowa-Ikosi through to Ijebu-Ode and Ibadan took their problems to him and he was more or less the problem-solver in the family. He was always helping out, anything imaginable requiring his attention would get it.
“Even while Papa was on his bed due to old age, he was still passionate about our problems in Agbowa, worrying himself sick, on the delay of not installing an Oba six years after the demise of the late Kabiyesi- HRM Oba (Dr) Akinlolu Odumeru who was his Nephew. That was how he spent his life.
“In his profession, both at the Bar and Bench where he accumulated over fifty years post call–to-bar experience; Papa demonstrated total commitment to intellectual integrity, incorruptibility and rigorous analysis of cases particularly on land matters, where he was an expert.
“He had a disciplined mind, and worked very hard to truly understand cases and legal issues. He was incapable of intellectual laziness and also had a high degree of intellectual curiosity and creativity.
“These fine characteristics, built a fine reputation for Papa amongst the Honourable Judges and his colleagues at the Bar. Suffice it to say, that the Law Reports are replete of a number of his cases in all the hierarchy of the Courts right from the High Court to the Supreme Court and also in his books –Land Matters -Through the Cases.
” I am greatly honoured and blessed to have had someone such as Papa Oduwole in my life. Thank you Daddy for all you have done for the family, I and all who knew you. Papa you will never be forgotten and your work will undoubtedly continue where you are going now. Your rewards will be plentiful and rich. The family cannot imagine life without you, but understand it is time for you to leave us in body if not in spirit.
“May your passing and homecoming be as peaceful and full of the light you brought into the lives of so many. Into your hands oh Lord I commend the spirit of our Daddy”.
Late Justice Oduwole retired as judge of the Federal Court of Appeal on December 2, 1991. He became judge of the Ogun State judiciary on 1st June, 1977.
He was survived by wives, children grand children and great grand children.