A senior Chief Magistrate in the Lagos State Judiciary, Mrs Abimbola Aoko-Komolafe has died.
Details of her death are unclear at the moment, but it was learnt that Aoko-Komolafe passed away possibly in the night of last Sunday, August 16, or the early hours of last Monday, August 17, 2020.
“Yes, it’s a confirmed information,” a top Ministry of Justice source said on condition of anonymity.
Another top judiciary source also confirmed the news.
“We heard the news on Monday. We understand that someone spoke with her on phone probably Sunday night. We don’t really know. But it’s a big surprise,” the source said.
Mrs Aoko-Komolafe, said to be in her early 50s, used to sit at Court 2, Ebute-Meta Gardens, but was recently posted to Court 2, Tinubu Magistrates Court, Lagos.
It was gathered that a delegation of the Association of Magistrates in Lagos State immediately paid a condolence visit to her family.
Reacting to her death, the Convener of Fight Against Corruption in the Judiciary [FIACIJ], Bayo Akinlade said: “Her sudden death comes as a great shock to many who interacted with her honour before she passed on”.
“Once again, we at FIACIJ raise the questions regarding the welfare of our colleagues in the judiciary and call on our Leaders in NBA and in the Government to consider better healthcare for Lawyers within the Judiciary”.
“Our condolences to her husband, her family and the Judiciary”.
She celebrated her 51st birthday on March 10.