Ex Chief Justice of Nigeria, Kastina- Alu Dies at 76


Aloysius Iyorgyer Katsina-Alu, a former Chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), is dead.

Katsina-Alu, 76, died in the early hours of Wednesday at Chida Orthopaedic Hospital, Gudu, Abuja.

Katsina Alu was from Ushongo local government area of Benue state.

He succeeded Idris Legbo Kutigi as chief justice of Nigeria in December 2009.

Katsina-Alu remained in the position until August 2011 when he was succeeded by the late Dahiru Musdapher.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Wednesday confirmed the death of former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Aloysius Katsina Alu.

The Senior Special Assistant to the CJN on Media, Mr Awassam Bassey, in a statement in Abuja, said the CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen confirmed Alu’s death in Canada.

“The death of the former numero uno of the Nigerian judiciary was confirmed while Justice Onnoghen was in Canada.

“A few of our colleagues have called this morning (from about 3:30a.m. Montreal Canadian time) to seek confirmation of the death of former Chief Justice Katsina-Alu.

“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.

“The Personal Assistant of the former CJN called her at 3.00p.m. Nigerian time to inform her of the demise’’, Bassey had quoted Onnoghen to have said.

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