Ex-NBA President, Chief Babatunde Benson SAN dies at 89

Ogunsakin Mustapha
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A former President of the Nigerian Bar Association(NBA), Chief Babatunde Olusola Benson is dead. He would have been 89 years old on July 4, 2021.

His death was announced by the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabir Shotobi Ayangburen. Chief Benson held the traditional title of Asiwaju of Ikorodu. He died today, Thursday June 24, 2021.

Chief Benson was born in Ikorodu to the famous Benson family on July 4, 1932. He was called to the English bar in 1959. His enrollment number in Nigeria’s Supreme Court as Solicitor and Advocate was 38. When he came back to Nigeria, he later joined the law firm of his uncle, TOS Benson SAN where he eventually rose to the position of the Head of Chambers. 

Because of his disdain for politicians, the late Benson did not join the murky waters of Nigerian politics, preferring the politics of the bar. He subsequently became General Secretary of NBA and he was the one who gave the idea of an association of African lawyers under the aegis of African Bar Association(ABA). He later emerged President of the association between 1978 and 1980. He was conferred with the prestigious rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 1983.

In his statement, Oba Shotobi thanked God for the life of the deceased. “Life of committed service to development of Ikorodu Kingdom and to humanity. May God forgive his sins and admit his soul into eternal rest”. He said the burial arrangement will be announced later.

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