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Jonathan, Saraki, Buhari others mourn former CJN

Jonathan, Saraki, Buhari others mourn former CJN

- Nigerians are mourning the death of former chief justice of Nigeria, Aloysius Katsina-Alu

- In a condolence message by President Buhahri, he noted that Katsina-Alu’s knowledge, experience and diligence impacted greatly on governance in Nigeria

- Katsina-Alu died at an Orthopaedic Hospital in Abuja in the early hours of Wednesday, July 18

President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the family and friends of former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Aloysius Katsina-Alu, who passed away on Wednesday, July 18.

Buhari’s condolence message is contained in a statement by his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Malam Garba Shehu in Abuja.

He joined the government and people of Benue, the Nigerian Bar Association and the National Judicial Council in mourning the erudite jurist.

The president noted that the deceased contributed immensely to the structuring of Nigeria’s jurisprudence. He affirmed that Justice Katsina-Alu’s knowledge, experience and diligence impacted greatly on governance in Nigeria as he featured prominently in landmark cases.

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Buhari believes the late chief justice left behind a legacy of discipline, brilliance and diligence that younger jurists should emulate. He prayed that the almighty God would grant the soul of the departed a good rest and comfort his family.

Meanwhile Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, directed that the national flag in all court premises and institutions of the judiciary in the country be flown at half-mast for the next seven days, Vanguard reports

According to him, the flags should be lowered as a mark of honour to the late Justice Aloysius Katsina-Alu.

A former president, Goodluck Jonathan, has also commiserated with the family of Katsina-Alu, describing him as an illustrious jurist. The ex-president made this known in a condolence message to the deceased’s immediate family and the Government of Benue state.

In a statement issued Wednesday by Ikechukwu Eze, the former president’s media adviser, Jonathan also described him as a sound legal mind who left indelible contributions to the nation’s jurisprudence.

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He said: “Late Katsina-Alu was an illustrious jurist whose dedication to duty took him to the peak of his career. As the chief justice of Nigeria, late Katsina-Alu believed in the principle of separation of powers and stood firmly for the independence of the judiciary.

“He was a devout man of faith who placed God first in his service to humanity.

“The late Justice Katsina-Alu would be remembered for his invaluable and indelible contributions to the nation’s jurisprudence.”

The president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, on his part expressed deep sorrow over the death.

Saraki in a statement by his special adviser on media and publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, described the late Justice as a patriotic and diligent public servant whose many well considered judgements enriched the nation’s jurisprudence and contributed immensely to national development.

Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, also said the death of Katsina-Alu has thrown the state into sadness and mourning.

In a statement by his chief press secretary, Terver Akase, Governor Ortom described the late jurist as a peace-loving man, patriot and father who built bridges for many others to cross.

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Former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, described him as a jurist that served his country faithfully. previously reported that former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Aloysius Iyorgyer Katsina-Alu is dead.

A family source said he died at about 2am on Wednesday, July 18, at an undisclosed private hospital in Abuja.

The cause of his death was not clear but Katsina-Alu, who was CJN between 2009 and 2011, hailed from Benue state. He would have been 77 years on August 28.

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