The Judicial Fraternity Pays Respects to Deceased top-notch Magistrate
The judicial fraternity on Thursday 13th December, 2018, paid last respects to the Late Djeudjang Gabriel Louis. There tired super scale Magistrate -Group 1 slept in the Lord on 21st November, 2018, at La Pitié Hospital in Paris – France, following a long spell of illness.
Despair veiled the premises of the Supreme Court Thursday afternoon as the judicial corps in diverse ranks, together with the deceased’s family and sympathisers, converged to pay homage to the man who “worked out his entire life to better the justice system in Cameroon”, in the words of Supreme Court Chief Justice – Daniel Mekobe Sone. According to the Chief Justice, it was another fatal but understandable death blow to the judicial family as we live to die. Besides, the top-notch Magistrate had given virtually all during his nearly four-decade career.
Driven there by a hearse, the corpse was laid in state in the esplanade of the Supreme Court. Accompanied by solemnising dirges, and in well-known ranks, the judicial corps filed in like a brood of ducklings to render homage to the beacon. This exercise was proceeded by military honours from the gendarmerie.
The elegy of the host -Chief Justice Daniel Mekobe Sone was nothing short of an illustrious career built on hard-work, competence and unwavering loyalty to the Republic of Cameroon. Born in 1937 in Bazou – Ndé Division of the West Region of Cameroon, the fallen went on to bag a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Law.
He was integrated into magistracy in May 1965, and went on to occupy a series of positions. He was appointed State Counsel of Douala in 1965, Procureur General of Yaoundé in 1966, with a second spell in 1972. In 1970, he was transferred to Garoua in the same capacity of Procureur General.Three years later, he was called to the Ministry of Justice (MINJUSTICE) as Assistant Director of Legislation. One year later, he rose to the rank of Director of Legislation at MINJUSTICE. The deceased returned to the North as President of the Garoua Court of Appeal in 1980. In 1983 he shuttled back to Yaoundé to assume the post of Procureur General at the Supreme Court. In 1986, his services were once more needed at MINJUSTICE, this time around as Inspector General Number 1. In 1990, he was repositioned Inspector General Number 2 at MINJUSTICE. The legal mind also served as Technical Adviser to the Presidency of the Republic of Cameroon,among other positions.
Before retiring in April 2002, the Late Djeudjang Gabriel Louis’ hard-work had been maximally rewarded with numerous honours. Firstly, he was decorated Knight of the Order of Merit, then Knight of the Order of Valour, Officer of the Order of Valour, Commander of the Order of Valour, and Grand Officer of the Order of Valour.
The funeral rite was proceeded by conveyance of the corpse to the deceased’s residence behind Elig Essono – Yaoundé. A requiem Mass and vigil were observed later that same day. On Friday 14th December, 2018, the mortal remains were conveyed to Bazou, ahead of burial on Saturday 15th December, 2018. The late legal luminary follows his wife to the World beyond, leaving five children, his family and the judicial fraternity to mourn.