The Squib has gathered that but for the especial grace of the Almighty, Akande J tipped already as the successor to Alabi J. the embattled, out-going Chief Judge of Lagos State would not have lived beyond 14th April 2009.
According to our geckos, earlier in the morning of the said day, the honourable judge traveled up to Ilorin, Kwara State to attend the wedding ceremony of one of the children of a brother judge, Isa Salami J.C.A.
Akande J was said to be at her usual lively self at the occasion but danger was not far away. It was on the return journey that the unexpected happened as his Lordship’s car got involved in a terrible accident.
After the crash, all the three occupants to wit- Justice Akande, her driver and her police orderly despite their various injuries appeared to have survived the worst. In fact the orderly, probably because of his security training and background was the most coordinated as he was putting calls to people via his GSM phone, alerting them of the disaster and organizing the rescue.
Suddenly, as the Squib very reliably learnt, the gallant cop, very much beloved by his boss for his dedication to duty, slumped and within minutes gave up the ghost, before help could come.
All through last week, the news of the mis-hap was a closely guided secret. In her court, the judges’ aides explained away her absence from work as due to “casual leave.” It is believed that the honourable judge is using the period of the casual leave to look after her physical and emotional well-being.
The Squib prays for the speedy and full recovery of both Justice Akande and her ladyship’s driver. We further pray that the soul of the departed police orderly rest in peace.