Chief Ladi Williams, a legal luminary and first son of the late justice giant, Chief Rotimi Williams, has died.
The deceased lawyer is said to have died on Sunday around 3 a.m. at Saint-Nicolas hospital in Lagos.
One of the deceased’s sons, Kunle Williams, confirmed the death of the legal expert on his Facebook page, claiming that his father died of COVID-19 when he had already taken the COVID-19 vaccine.
“My father died this morning from COVID-19 despite the Oxford AstraZeneca double vaccine,” he said.
Williams was 74.
He was admitted to the Nigerian Bar around 48 years ago and became Senior Counsel Nigeria (SAN) in 1995.
He was the senior partner of Chief Ladi Rotimi-Williams Chambers (CLRWC).
His younger brother is Chief Kayode Rotimi-Williams.
“I just lost my older brother, Chef Ladi Rotimi Williams (74 and over) to the coronavirus.
“He passed away at 3 am this morning,” he said.
Reacting to the lead attorney’s death in a telephone interview with Tribune, the president of the Nigerian Bar Association, Olumide Akpata described his death as utter devastation given its enormous impact on the profession.
Akpata also described his death as a personal loss for himself and his family.
He added that like him, the late Williams was an alumnus of King’s College, Lagos.
“I am totally devastated by the news. Chef Williams was a big brother and mentor to many of us.
“Other than that, he was a King’s College alumnus, just like me. It is a personal loss for me and my family.
“He was a good guy. He was a very nice person. As a lawyer he did very well in his profession.
“I wish the family of the deceased the courage to endure the loss,” Akpata said.
Another lawyer, Wahab Shittu, who also mourned the late icon, said: “The death of Chief Ladi Williams is unbelievably incredible. We cry.
Earthly loss, heaven’s gain.
“He was sympathetic, outgoing, friendly, kind and decent. I had a very close interaction with the late Silk.
We respected each other. He drew me close to him as he did several others. No air. Not at all.
“He would have been fully vaccinated, and it is surprising that despite the precautions he took, he still died of complications from COVID-19 – an indication that fully vaccinated or not, we remain in danger in these perilous times. .
“His death is undoubtedly a huge loss to the legal profession and to Nigerian society in general. He will be dearly missed. As he reunites with the Saints, my prayer is that his gentle soul find peaceful rest in Heaven. Amen. “