By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Access Bank Plc has expressed its determination to support initiatives that promote knowledge, integrity, and the enduring legacy of excellence in the legal profession.
The chief executive of Access Holdings, the parent firm of the lender, Mr Herbert Wigwe, while speaking at the launch of a book to honour Justice Amina Adamu Augie on Tuesday, November 28, 2023, said the financial institution has a strong affinity for the preservation and advancement of country’s judicial heritage.
“We are proud to support the launch of Wisdom and Integrity: The Legacy of Honourable Justice Amina Adamu Augie JSC CON Through Her Judgements, as her lordship’s unwavering commitment to fairness and the rule of law aligns seamlessly with our values as an institution.
“This book not only commemorates an illustrious legal career but also contributes significantly to the preservation and advancement of our judicial heritage.
“Through our support, we reaffirm our dedication to initiatives that promote knowledge, integrity, and the enduring legacy of excellence in the legal profession,” Mr Wigwe said.
Justice Augie recently retired from the bench after reaching the constitutional retirement age of 70 years.
To honour her contribution to the legal profession, the book was compiled, packed with some of her landmark judgments that have significantly contributed to the development of judicial precedents in diverse areas of the law.
The reviewer of the book, Professor Fabian Ajogwu (SAN), provided insightful commentary, acknowledging the immense impact of her judgments on the legal landscape.
Justice Augie, while speaking at the event chaired by the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe, expressed delight at the support of the various stakeholders present, charging legal practitioners with being incorruptible in the face of considerable malignment.
“I am truly delighted and immensely grateful for the overwhelming support from the distinguished stakeholders present at today’s event.
“Indeed, this outpouring of love underscores the positive legacy I was able to establish through my years of practice.
“To my fellow legal practitioners, I extend a heartfelt charge to remain steadfast and incorruptible in the face of any adversity. In a world that sometimes challenges the very principles we uphold, let us stand unwavering in our commitment to justice, integrity, and the noble pursuit of upholding the rule of law.
“Together, we can ensure that the flame of justice continues to burn brightly for generations to come,” she said at the book’s unveiling held in Victoria Island, Lagos.
Justice Augie’s journey in the legal profession began in 1978, and her career has been marked by determination, perseverance, and integrity.