Touching, as Justice Baffoe Bonnie writes about Sir John after his death

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Justice Paul Baffoe-Bonnie, a member of the Supreme Court panel that sat on the election petition has written an emotional tribute to his former class mate at the law school, Mr. Owusu Afriyie who was widely known as Sir John.

Until that emotional tribute, many Ghanaians never knew the late Sir John, who once stood before the Supreme Court on a charge of Contempt in 2013 was a bosom friend to any of the Justices who were to decide his fate.

It is shocking, for want of better word to say two (2) of judges on the becnh were contemnor’s close allies. Which are Justice Baffoe Bonnie and Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah, who is currently the Chief Justice of Ghana.

Read the full tribute below:

TRIBUTE TO SIR JOHN By JSC BAFFOE BONNIE

From C58 Sarbah Main, to 416 Annex B(okponglo), we shared rooms for 5 years. He was from Sakora Wonoo, I am from Goaso, Kwasi Anin Yeboah (the current CJ) is from Toase near Nkawie.

We formed a trio of village law students. Even though Anin Yeboah was in Commonwealth hall, our room was a second home for him.

He was one of those law students, who even at the law school, were already “lawyers”. He was a devout Adventist who could quote the Bible for fun. His passion was quoting Shakespeare. He was a brother and extremely loyal to his friends. He was generous to a fault.

He will literally remove what is in his mouth and give it to you. I have known for a long time about all the adjectives and more, that are being used to describe him even in death.

Can anyone imagine what was going through the minds of Anin Yeboah and I as Sir John stood before the Supreme Court on a charge of Contempt? The day after his conviction I joined him in Kumasi to celebrate the traditional marriage of his daughter who is my god-daughter. I jokingly told him I was hoping that he would be imprisoned so that I would be the only “father” at the ceremony!

SIR JOHN WAS A HUMAN BEING. CORONA VIRUS HAS CLAIMED ITS BIGGEST VICTIM YET. MAY HIS AFFABLE SOUL REST IN PEACE!

Story : Fuseini Safianu / fuseinisafianu2018@gmail.com

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