Tears as Federal High Court judge dies after brief illness

Tears as Federal High Court judge dies after brief illness

- One of the finest Nigerian judges, Justice Ibrahim Watila, is dead

- His death has plunged the Nigerian judiciary fraternity into mourning

- Watila died on Sunday, January 24, after a brief illness, and will be buried in Borno state

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Justice Ibrahim Watila, one of the judges of the Federal High Court, has passed away, plunging the Nigerian judiciary fraternity into mourning.

Watila, who until his death was serving at the Abeokuta division of the court, died on Sunday, January 24.

According to a statement released by the chief judge of the Federal High Court, Justice John Tosho, Watila gave up the ghost after a brief illness.

Tears as Federal High Court judge dies after brief illness
Justice Ibrahim Watila dies after brief illness. Photo Credit: AIT News
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Legit.ng gathers that his colleagues have been suspending sittings as a mark of honour to the late judge.

He was appointed to the bench on December 2, 2015, by President Muhammadu Buhari after being recommended by the National Judiciary Council (NJC).

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Watila, who was born on May 12, 1963, will be laid to rest on January 30 in his home town, Marama, Hawul local government area of Borno state. He is survived by children and wife.

Meanwhile, Alhaji Jubil Martins-Kuye, Nigerian former minister of commerce and industry, passed away at the age of 78.

According to a family source, the former minister who served twice died in his hometown in Ago-Iwoye.

A chartered accountant who practised for several years in Lagos and overseas before moving to politics, Kuye was appointed minister on April 6, 2010, when former president Goodluck Jonathan, then an acting president, announced a new cabinet.

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In a related development, Legit.ng reported that the academic community in the country was plunged into mourning following the death of Folabi Olumide, a renowned professor who was the pioneer vice chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU).

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The passing on of the late don was announced by the current vice-chancellor of the LASU, Professor Olanrewaju Adigun Fagbohun, in a statement.

Olumide died on Friday, January 8, after a brief illness at the age of 81 years. He was, however, succeeded by Jadesola Akande after he was removed from the position for alleged "financial and administrative improprieties."

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