“A few of our colleagues have called this morning (from about 3:30am Montreal Canadian time) to seek confirmation of the death of former Chief Justice Katsina-Alu.”
Justice Aloysius Iyorgyer Katsina-Alu is Dead. He died at 76, and was to be 77 on August 28.
A native of Benue State, Katsina-Alu was a former Chief Justice Of Nigeria. He died at about 2am Wednesday at Chida Orthopaedic Hospital, Gudu, Abuja, as according to family hints.
Confirming the story, the office of the incumbent CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, confirmed it on Wednesday morning.
In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the CJN on Media, Mr. Awassam Bassey, said the death of the former Justice was a shock to all and at a time Justice Onnoghen was in Canada.
“A few of our colleagues have called this morning (from about 3:30am Montreal Canadian time) to seek confirmation of the death of former Chief Justice Katsina-Alu,” the statement read.
“I can confirm that the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Mrs. Hadizatu Mustapha, sent me a WhatsApp message to that effect about an hour ago confirming the death of the former CJN.
“I have just called the Chief Registrar to confirm that this is indeed the situation. That the Personal Assistant of the former CJN called her at 3.00pm Nigerian time to inform her of the demise.
“However, it’s 3:30am here in Montreal, Canada, where His Lordship the Honourable Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Mr. Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, GCON, and other Justices of the Supreme Court and Chief Judges of some states, are attending a conference organised by the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law, and I haven’t yet contacted the Hon. CJN for his reaction.
“I hope to do that as soon as he wakes up and get his reaction.”
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