Bamidele Aturu at the Occupy Nigeria rally, Ojota, Lagos, January 2012. Photo: Filed
Popular Nigerian human rights lawyer Bamidele Aturu has passed away.
Aturu is reported to have died in a Lagos hospital on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, following a brief illness
He was 49-years-old.
A civil rights lawyer, Aturu was well known for picking up and fighting for human rights causes. He was a founding member of Democratic Alternative, a political group committed to pursuing deep-rooted democratic principles.
Aturu who studied law at the University of Ife, recently turned down his nomination as a member of the on-going national confab, explaining that the conference was designed to achieve nothing.
Aturu was the defence counsel for Yoruba actor Babatunde Omidina (Baba Suwe) back in 2011 when the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) arrested the popular actor for allegedly trafficking cocaine. The actor eventually beat the well-publicized trial, which lasted for close to a year.
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