Nigeria mourns as ex-Supreme Court judge Denis Edozie dies

Nigeria mourns as ex-Supreme Court judge Denis Edozie dies

A former justice of the Supreme Court, Denis Edozie, is dead, a statement from the special assistant on media to the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, confirmed on Saturday, August 18.

Premium Times quotes the statement as saying Edozie died at his home town in Enugu state on August 18, at age 84.

“The honourable Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Hon Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, GCON, has been informed of the demise of a former justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Hon Justice Dennis Onyejife Edozie, CON, who died in his country home at Independence Layout, Enugu State today on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at the age of 84 years.

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“On behalf of himself and the entire Judiciary, the Hon CJN commiserates with the family of the late jurist and urges the family to take solace in the fact that their patriarch served his country patriotically rising to sit on the Bench of the country’s apex court for nearly three years,” the statement said.

The statement further adds that Edozie was born on November 10, 1935, in Enugu, south east Nigeria, and was appointed Justice of the Supreme Court on January 6, 2003. learnt that he retired on November 10, 2005 when he attained the mandatory retirement age of 70 years.

The statement said the CJN was informed about the death of the former Justice, by a son of the deceased.

“The deceased son, Mr Chikezie Edozie, confirmed the demise of the former Justice in a telephone call to the Chief Registrar of the Court, Mrs Hadizatu Mustapha, today, (Saturday).

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“The Hon Chief Justice of Nigeria prays for the peaceful repose of Justice Denis Onyejife Edozie and for God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss,” the statement said. earlier reported that former UN secretary-general, Kofi Annan, died at the age of 80 in the early hours of Saturday, August 18, in Switzerland.

Annan, who was born in Ghana in 1938, served as the seventh UN Secretary-General, from 1997 to 2006, and was the first to rise from within the ranks of the United Nations staff.

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