A legal scholar and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Professor Cyprian Okechukwu Okonkwo is dead. He was aged 87 years.
Confirming the passing of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka Law teacher, his colleague, Prof. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo (SAN-designate) told CITY LAWYER that Okonkwo died yesterday.
In a trending post signed by Ezeilo, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, she wrote: “AN ICON OF LAW PRACTICE IN NIGERIA HAS GONE TO MEET HIS CREATOR! I have just been informed by the family, of the passing of the great sage – and a doyen of legal education in Nigeria,- Emeritus Professor Cyprian Okechukwu Okonkwo, SAN! He died yesterday, 8th October 2022. Prof. Okonkwo was an extraordinary teacher and mentor. He was very cerebral and brilliant and can deconstruct any complex legal problem and effectively impart it to his students. We count ourselves lucky to have been tutored by him. We will surely miss him. He impacted his world and it pleases God to call him home at this time. May his soul find perfect peace in the bossom of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.”
Burial details are yet to be announced by the family.