With deep sorrow, the BOSAN Secretariat announces the passing of Chief George Nwokocha-Ona Uwechue, SAN, a distinguished Life Bencher. Chief Uwechue peacefully departed on October 29, 2023, at 85. Born on November 30, 1938, in Ogwashi-Uku, Aniocha South Local Government Area, Delta State, Nigeria, his journey in the legal sphere and Nigerian politics has left an indelible mark.
His educational odyssey commenced at St. Peter Claver School, Ogwashi-Uku, followed by St. Thomas’ Catholic School in Kano and St. John’s College in Kaduna. After a brief stint at the Bank of British West Africa, he embarked on his legal studies at the Middle Temple, the Inns of Court School of Law for the English Bar, and the esteemed London School of Economics and Political Science, culminating in his call to the Bar in 1966.
Chief Uwechue’s legal career flourished at the Chambers of Onyeabo Obi & Co, later joining the distinguished Chambers of Chief M. A. Agbamuche (SAN). His notable contributions extended beyond legal practice and active involvement in Nigeria’s political landscape, including his service in the House of Representatives and significant roles in various parliamentary committees.
A Life of Influence and Legacy: Chief George Nwokocha-Ona Uwechue, SAN
His profound impact on legal jurisprudence is reflected in his extensive scholarly works, which encompass a diverse array of legal topics. Notably, he authored comprehensive analyses of key legislative acts and presented insightful papers on critical legal issues, including human rights and legislative processes.
Recognized for his exceptional contributions, Chief Uwechue received the prestigious Award of Excellence from the Lagos Branch of the NBA. His legacy continues to be honoured, evidenced by the dedication of an avenue at the Body of Benchers Complex in Abuja in his memory.
As the principal partner at George Uwechue & Co., his mentorship shaped the careers of numerous eminent legal practitioners. Chief Uwechue is survived by his six children and ten beloved grandchildren, leaving behind a rich legacy and an enduring influence on the legal and political landscape of Nigeria.
In this time of mourning, we extend our heartfelt prayers for the peaceful repose of Chief George Nwokocha-Ona Uwechue, SAN, and all our departed members. May their souls rest in eternal peace.
Mr. Olumide Sofowora, SAN Secretary, BOSAN Secretariat.
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