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Prominent Human Rights Activist & Lawyer Bamidele Aturu Passes Away




Popular human rights activist and lawyer, Bamidele Aturu has passed away.

He died at age 49 today, Wednesday – July 9th, after an undisclosed illness, according to Sahara Reporters.

A staunch crusader against power abuse, Aturu first gained prominence when he was a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in 1988, after refusing a handshake from military administrator – Lawan Gwadabe during the program’s passing out parade. The rationale for this action was because of his belief that the Nigerian military threatened the democratic aspirations of the country’s citizens.

Aturu went on to study law at University of Ife, and subsequently dedicated his legal career to representing marginalized groups and individuals.

Our condolences go out to his family and loved ones.


Photo Credit: Sahara Reporters




  1. Ufuoma

    July 9, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    May his soul rest in peace,it’s so sad that the good and just people die young while our money grabbers live and live and live

  2. Modella says,tanx BN for the new site!

    July 9, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    RIP..BN your pics don’t match with post on facebook..Pls rectify it,and what with the BN’ logo hovering around post?

  3. naijabird

    July 10, 2014 at 7:18 am

    So sad to hear this. I served with Aturu in Niger state and remember that ‘incident’. May his family be comforted by the memories of his good works for the downtrodden.

  4. chinelo angel

    July 10, 2014 at 9:51 am

    May his gentle soul rest with the lord. Amen

  5. Gloria Momoh

    July 10, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    It is well! My God will give you your inheritance among the saints. Amen

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