Mohammed Fawehinmi, son of late prominent lawyer and pro-democracy and human rights activist Chief Gani Fawehinmi, is dead.
He died in a Lagos hospital on Wednesday after a brief illness. He was aged 52.
Family sources were quoted in the media saying that he had complained of difficulties in breathing before being rushed to the hospital.
As his mother had not been informed yet, a source was reluctant to give further details at the time of this report while pleading with anonymity.
Like his father, Mohammed was a lawyer, but the course of his life changed drastically after he suffered a setback from injuries in a 2003 car crash that confined him to a wheelchair.
Even in the wheelchair, he continued to participate in civil protests to press for good governance. During the Occupy Nigeria protest in 2012 he, along with other protesters were teargassed by policemen trying to disperse the protesters.
In 2018, Mohammed was accompanied by his mother to receive a posthumous national honour, GCON, on behalf of his late father.
Until. his death, Mohammed was head, Mohammed Fawehinmi Chambers; director, Nigerian Law Publications Limited; director, Books Industries Nigeria Limited, and director, Gani Fawehinmi Library and Gallery Limited.
Reacting to the news of his death, a prominent lawyer, Dr Kayode Ajulo, said the late Fawehinmi’s son stayed on course till he breathed his last.
Ajulo described Mohammed as “a comrade and brother” who will be missed.
He prayed to God to grant succour to the family he left behind.