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Legal icon Ben Nwabueze dies at 92



Ben Nwabueze, Constitutional Lawyer and pioneer Secretary-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo

A constitutional lawyer and one-time Secretary-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, is dead.

Nwabueze, a native of Atani in the Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, was born in 1931.

The spokesperson for the family, Eni Nwabueze, confirmed in a statement on Monday that he died on Sunday evening in his home.

“With great sadness, we announce the passing on to celestial glory of our patriarch, Professor B. O. Nwabueze SAN, NNOM, CON, pioneer Secretary-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the Oduah Afo-na-isagba of Atani, Anambra State, on Sunday, October 29, 2023, aged 94.

“He lived an exemplary life of consequence.”


The Vice President, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief Damian Okeke-Ogene, who also confirmed the news of his death, said the deceased would be missed for his “selfless service and dedication” to the progress of Nigeria.

Okeke-Ogene said, “It is a great loss both to Nigeria and the Igbo nation. He was a very decent constitutional lawyer and minister par excellence. He was known for being vocal and ensuring an anti-corrupt system.

“Indeed, the evolution of the entire legal system in Nigeria would not be complete without mentioning his invaluable contributions.”

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