- Foremost Nigerian jurist, Justice Ahmed Lemu, has passed away
- Lemu died on Thursday, December 24, in Minna, Niger state at the age of 91
- A quintessential Islamic scholar, Sheykh Lemu led a panel that reviewed the 2011 election violence
Niger state has been plunged into mourning following the death of Justice Ahmed Lemu.
Lemu died on Thursday, December 24, according to a Facebook post by a relative of the aged jurist, Maryam Lemu. He was 91, Daily Trust reports.
The post read:
"Inna lillahi wa inna liayhi raji’un. It is with sadness and reverence to Allah that we announce the passing away of our father, Dr. Justice Sheikh Ahmed Lemu OFR, in the early hours of this morning in Minna. Burial arrangements to be announced later.”
A foremost Nigerian jurist, the retired grand khadi is best remembered for piloting the panel set up by former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in 2011 to review the violence that marred the year's presidential election.
In a related development, the people of Azare community in Bauchi state have been plunged into mourning following the death of Sarkin Dawakin Katagum, Alhaji Muhammad Lele Mukhtar.
Mukhtar, a former federal permanent secretary, was said to have died on Tuesday, December 22.
The deceased traditional ruler had served as national commissioner, National Planning Commission (NPLC) and a member of the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC).
In a reaction to his death, President Muhammadu Buhari described Mukhtar as a "man of exemplary character who mentored several subordinates" at all the positions he served.
Usman Faruk is dead
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Usman Faruk, first military governor of the northwestern state, died, plunging the people of Gombe into mourning.
The former military governor died on Friday, December 18. He served as the northwestern state military governor from 1967 to 1975 after it was split off from the old northern region during the military regime of General Yakubu Gowon.
Reacting to his demise, President Buhari described Faruq as an upright patriot who dedicated his life to the unity of the nation.
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