Lagos judge who sacked interim president Shonekan is dead
The judge who declared the Interim National Government of Chief Ernest Shonekan as illegal on November 10, 1993 identified as Dolapo Akinsanya is dead.
WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that the judge, Akinsanya died in Lagos on Thursday at the age of 79.
Recall that Justice Akinsanya had declared that President Ibrahim Babangida has no legitimate power to sign a decree after August 26, 1993 after his exit, so the decree is void and of no effect upon a suit filed by the acclaimed winner of the 1993 presidential election, the late MKO Abiola.
In a statement then in reaction to the judgment, Abiola said; this is a significant victory for the people of Nigeria. It takes us one step closer to the establishment of government based on the consent of the people.
Justice Akinsanya who became a judge in 1989 retired in 2006 after 17 years on the bench.
The Lagos state governor, Bola Tinubu described Akinsanya as one of the heroines of the present democracy in Nigeria for the courageous judgment she delivered against the legality of the Interim National Government in November 1993.
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