Francis Forum Egele (1963-2018)

He was the Third Attorney to become a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) from Bayelsa State and first Bayelsan to practice law in Yenagoa Capital city, Bayelsa State. 

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Francis Forum Egele was a flamboyant Attorney and Commissioner of Justices between 2012 and 2014 and also became a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

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Francis Forum Egele was an intelligent attorney born in 1963 in Kafanchan, Kaduna state, Nigeria. He navigated his way from the patch of soccer in 1983 to become an Attorney General. He was later conferred as Senior Advocate Nigeria (SAN). Francis Forum Egele died in 2018 after he celebrated his Silk.

Early Years

He was born on 7 March 1963 at Kafanchan in the then Northern Nigeria, now Kaduna state to the family of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Inamuna Egele and are natives of Otuabula II and Opume communities in Ogbia Local Government, and Okoroba community in Nembe Local Government, all in Bayelsa State.

He started and completed his primary education at St. Marks State School Okoroba in then brass local government area, rivers state now in Nembe local government area of Bayelsa State, between 1968 and 1973.

He attended Baptist High School, Moore House Street, Port Harcourt from 1973 to 1978, where he got his West African Examination Certificate (W.A.E.C).

In 1981, He enrolled for Interim Joint Matriculation Board Examination (I.J.M.B. E) programme at Rivers State School of basic studies Rumola, Port Harcourt. He passed his A-level subjects, and this exposed him to the university in 1983, to study Law at the prestigious University of Lagos Akoki where he got his LL.B degree with Second Class (Hons.) in 1986.

He got admitted to the prestigious Nigerian law school, Victoria Island the only law school in Nigeria in 1986 and was called to Nigerian Bar on the 22 October 1987.

Francis Forum Egele did his National Youth Services Corps (NYSC) in Lagos with the firm of Adeyemi A.O Ayai & Co in 1988. On completion of the NYSC, he started his legal practice with a law firm called I. Adedipe & Co. in 1988 which the principal, Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN). From same 1988 to 1984, he practiced law with the firm of Chief Malla Sasime & Co. In 1994, he established his law firm christened Egele & Egele, Daniel Chamber in Port Harcourt. In 2009 he moved his chambers from Port Harcourt to Bayelsa State INEC Road kpansia-Yenagoa and it is on record, Egele & Egele, Daniel Chambers is one of the best chambers and with the most equipped law Library in Bayelsa State.

The Places He Worked and Achievements

Francis Forum Egele served as the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Bayelsa State from 2012 to 2014.  As he was then, they credited him to be an astute Attorney who brought the following innovations to the Ministry of Justices such as:

  • Establishment of the department called Special Government Cases to handle Government Cases of which the Attorney General will double as the Head of the department;
  • He upgraded the Information Communication and Technology facilities of the Ministry by purchasing new computer systems and peripherals for Lawyers;
  • Francis Forum Egele e upgraded the Ministry’s Library and
  • Also, he exposed young lawyers from the ministry of justices to the Supreme Court

After Governor Dickson Seriake lead Government relieved him of his appointment as Honorable Commissioner of Justices, the Ivory Tower became the platform on which he rendered legal services.

He was a workaholic in the practice of the noble profession (Law), and he rose to the peak. He was then conferred with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria on the 6 July 2017 and was later sworn-in on 18 September 2017, along with Twenty Nine (29) others by the Chief Justices of Nigeria–Hon. Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, (CFR).  This made him the Third Attorney to become Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) from Bayelsa State and first Bayelsan to practice law in Yenagoa Capital city, Bayelsa State.  Herein is the list of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) from Bayelsa State. 

  • Barrister Anthony G. Ikoli; 2006 September 4, Location of practices Lagos,
  • Barrister Biriyai Dambo; 2013 October 4, Location of practices Lagos,
  • Barrister Francis Forum Egele; 18 September 2017, Location of practices Yenagoa,

He was also a Notary Public and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration, Nigeria.

Francis Forum Egele and Football

Francis Forum Egele played an active and quality football for sharks’ Football Club of Port Harcourt then as a pioneer club in the Nigeria Division I league from 1978 to 1983, after having a stint with Leventis Bombers Football Club of Port Harcourt for three months.

He became a member of All-Stars International Yenagoa, where he played good soccer on weekdays, evenings and weekends with his friend to keep fit. Also, he smashed the table tennis as also his hobby.

Francis Forum Egele was married to Mrs. Mildred Agele. The couple went on to have five children together, of which one of them called Asha Egele is now the principal solicitor of Egele & Egele, Daniel Chambers.

Francis Forum Egele last Moments

He celebrated his Silk (Thanksgiving and reception) with his family and close associates on 31 December 2017 and 1 January 2018. On 5 January 2018, Francis Forum Egele collapsed at his home and was rushed to Federal Medical Center (FMC) Yenagoa, Bayelsa State and died later. The real cause of his death is a mystery to date.

Francis Forum Egele was buried on 10 March 2018 in Elebele town, Ogbia Local Government Area, Bayelsa State. He was 55 years old.

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