Andrews Otutu Obaseki, CON was born on June 11, 1926. He was a Nigerian jurist and Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
Obaseki was born on June 11, 1926 in Benin City, the capital of Edo State, southern Nigeria. He was educated a College where he obtained the West Africa School Certificate in 1940 and later proceeded to Hope Waddell Training Institute in Calabar. After he spent two years in the training institute, he spent another 2 years at School of Agriculture at Moor Plantation, Ibadan. In 1948 he left to the London School of Economics where he was trained as a legal practitioner.
He obtained the West Africa School Certificate in 1940 then went ahead to train at Hope Waddell Training Institute in Calabar from 1940-1942. After that, he proceeded to the School of Agriculture at Moor Plantation, Ibadan 1943-45. In 1948 he left to the London School of Economics where he was trained as a legal practitioner.
In 1975 he was appointed to the bench of the Supreme Court of Nigeria as Justice and retired in 1991. In his reflection on the Nigerian Judiciary, he quoted that ". Justice in the courts is the same whether in native courts, High Courts or Supreme Courts; the measure is the same and it is only when there is an error in the application of the substantive law that the different levels come in to make the necessary correction".
Justice Obaseki, made some giant strides in the dispensation of justice in Nigeria in an unprejudiced manner and without fear or favour. Available information reveals that he notably delivered about 658 judgements consist of about 530 concurring judgments, 2 dissenting judgments and 126 lead judgements over a period of 16 years.
He was said to be outstanding in the judgments involving the Governor of Lagos State Vs. Ojukwu; Garba Vs. University of Maiduguri; and in the 1979 presidential elections involving Candidate Obafemi Awolowo of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) Vs. Alhaji Shehu Shagari of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN).
The renowned Justice was bestowed with the 2014 Role Model Award by Hallmarks of Labour Foundation (HLF), in recognition of his outstanding qualities and contribution to the growth of the legal profession and the Judiciary. The country recognized his unquantifiable legal contributions by investing him with the National Honour, Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON). He was also honoured with a prestigious traditional title of the Obaseki of Benin Kingdom, in his hometown.
He passed away on Wednesday July 12, 2017 aged of 93, after a brief illness.