Sierra Leone’s Chief Justice, His Lordship, Justice Desmond Babatunde Edwards has described the late lawyer Eke Ahmed Halloway as a distinguished and devoted tutor of Criminal Law and Jurisprudence at the Sierra Leone Law School.
The Hon. Chief Justice was speaking today at the tribute and solemn session organised by the Sierra Leone Bar Association (SLBA) in honour of two of its former members, Eke A. Halloway Esq and Festus B. Conteh Esq who passed away in June this year.
In his tribute on behalf of the Bench, the Honourable Chief Justice said the late man was a distinguished politician of no mean repute who lived a life of excellence and diligence both as a lecturer and as a politician. He added that late Eke Halloway left behind indelible footprints on the sand of time.
He further noted that Lawyer Halloway’s hard work and diligence to the legal profession and the Country at large recently earned him a national recognition by His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio as a Grand Commander of the Order of the Rokel.
In declaring the purpose of the gathering, President of the Sierra Leone Bar Association (SLBA) Ms. Eddinia Michaela Swallow said the gathering was organised by the Association in honour and celebration of the lives of two of their former brilliant legal minds in the legal profession whose memories could not be forgotten in a worry.
She stressed that both men had an unquenched desire for hard work and demonstrated a sense of integrity, honesty and diligence to the course of justice.
Delivering his tribute in honour of late Lawyer Halloway, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Anthony Y. Brewah, referred to his former colleague as ‘one of the tallest figures the Bar has ever produced who was faithful to his calling and loyal to his beloved country. He went on to note that the late man in his capacity as Attorney General and Minister of Justice, initiated policies which are still beneficial in reviving and reshaping the legal field.
On behalf of the bereaved family, Supreme Court Judge Hon. Justice Allan B. Halloway, also described the late man as his uncle and a no-nonsense tutor whose academic brilliance and tutorship helped to produce, if not all, but most of the brightest and successful lawyers the country is proud of.
In his tribute in honour of the late Festus B. Conteh Esq, Lawyer Sorie Semgbeh Marrah described the death of his former classmate as tragic, adding that the late F.B Conteh had a unique character that is worthy of emulation.
To climax the ceremony, a book of condolence was opened and signed by the Hon. Chief Justice, Justices of the Superior Court of Judicature, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice among host of other distinguished personalities.
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