Retired Supreme Court Justice, Karibi-Whyte dies at 88


A retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Hon.Justice Adolphus Godwin Karibi-Whyte, has died.

The foremost legal luminary died on 22nd May, 2020 at 88 years old.

Justice Karibi-Whyte was born on 29th January 1932 in Buguma, present Asari-Toru local government area of Rivers State.

He attended Kalabari National College Buguma, Rivers State, 1946 – 1950 and worked as a clerk of court from 1951 – 1957.

He was subsequently admitted to the University of Hull, England in 1957 where he obtained LL.B Degree In 1960.

Justice Karibi-Whyte was called to the Bar in the Middle Temple a year afterwards, and in September, 1962, obtained LL.M Degree of the University of London, and also Ph.D of University of Lagos in 1970.

He started his career at Ministry of Justice, Port Hacourt and rose to the position of acting Solicitor General of Rivers State in 1975.

He joined the University of Lagos as a law lecturer and became Associate professor of law in 1976.

Karibi-Whyte was appointed judge, Federal Revenue Court in 1976 and was moved to the Appeal Court in 1980.

He reached the pinnacle of his career in 1984 when he was appointed Justice of the Supreme Court.