Abia lawyer slumps, dies in court

An Aba based lawyer identified as Obinna Onuoha has reportedly slumped and died during a court session at High Court I in Obingwa Local Area of Abia State.

Information about the incident at the time of filing report was sketchy, but our reporter gathered that Onuoha slumped while cross examining witness to the opposing party.

The incident sources said caused a pandemonium as people who were at the court scampered for safety when the incident occurred.

It was learnt that Onuoha died due to the impact of a fall in an undisclosed hospital where he was rushed for medical attention.

But a source close to the family told our reporter that the legal practitioner from a medical report died of cardiac arrest.

A lawyer who pleaded not to be mentioned lamented the death of Onuoha whom his life, he said could have been saved if there was any medical or Para-medical staff to administer first aid treatment on the spot when the incident happened.

“I don’t really know the man too well. But I was told that the man is an Ngwa man. It is a pity that such a thing could happen. It could happen to anyone. Lawyers are human beings after all.

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“I suspect that it could be stress or something related to heart attack which could have simply been dealt with if there were any medical personnel or even a Para-medic around to attend to him.

“I believe that we should always check our health status frequently which I am sure that will help to reduce incidence of such because constant checkup and visit to our physicians would help to reveal some of the hidden things in our body system.”

Another lawyer however said that they suspected that the colleague died because of an internal head injury as, the “man was said to have landed, hitting his head on the ground.”

The chairman, Aba branch of Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Bob Ogu in a telephone confirmed the incident and lamented the loss.

Ogu stated that late Onuoha was more than a colleague to him.



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