IBB Ibrahim Babangida
IBB Ibrahim Babangida

IBB, Saraki, Sani-Bello Mourn Justice Kutigi

The Former military president General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, GCFR, extends his condolences to the families of the late Chief Justice of the federation, Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi. Who passed away after a brief illness.

He recalls with nostalgia the early tutelage he recieved under him at Government College Bida in the late 1950s

According to the Former military president “the great late Justice was consistently upright and it was no surprise that he rose to become a very respected Judicial officer and ultimately to the highest judicial office in Nigeria “.

IBB in a statement from his media office in Minna positted that the late Justice Kutigi left at a time his judicial and statemanly counsel was most needed.

IBB prayed that Allah SWT grants him Aljana Firdausi and the family the fortitude to bear the loss.

Signed
MEDIA office
General I B Babangida GCFR
Former Military President No 1 Uphill Minna
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Saraki Mourns Ex-CJN, Idris Kutigi

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Sunday, expressed sadness over the death of a former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Hon. Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi, and described him as a honourable jurist who spent his life in the service of his country and humanity.

Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, stated that the death of the jurist was a colossal loss, particularly coming at a time when his experience, dedication and knowledge were required in the service of the country.

He stated that the late Justice Kutigi would be remembered for his high sense of integrity, incisive judgements, reform-mindedness and immense contributions to national development.

“It saddens me that we have lost a vivacious, humane and tireless jurist who, even in retirement, was called upon by former President Goodluck Jonathan to chair the Sovereign National Conference in 2014. We shall all miss him,” Saraki stated.

The President of the Senate commiserated with the immediate family of the deceased and urged them to be consoled by the praise-worthy lifestyle of the departed statesman.

He also condoled with the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Walter Onnoghen, the Nigerian Judiciary, the people and government of Niger State over the irreplaceable loss.

He prayed God to grant the soul of the former CJN a place among the righteous ones in Aljannah Firdaus and his family and loved ones the grace to bear the loss.

Signed:
Yusuph Olaniyonu
Special Adviser, Media & Publicity, to the President of the Senate

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Gov Sani-Bello says He was an Iconic Legal Giant
Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani-Bello has expressed shock over the demise of former Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi, who died yesterday at a London hospital after brief illness. He was 79.

The Governor described the demise of the legal luminary as a great loss to the country in general, the state in particular as well as the legal profession.

Governor Sani-Bello eulogized the iconic legal giant describing his contributions to the development of the justice system in the country as immeasurable.

He described late Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi as uniquely endowed Nigerian, a man of integrity who has indeed paid his dues in the service of his country in particular and humanity in general.

The Governor commiserated with the family, Nigerlites and Nigerians over the loss and prayed Allah to grant his soul eternal rest and make Aljannah Firdausi his final abode.
Born on December 31, 1939 in Kutigi, Lavun Local area of Niger state, Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi served as Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice, Niger state before he was appointed High Court Judge.
Justice Legbo Kutigi who joined the Supreme Court in 1992 was appointed Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN on January 30th,2007 and served in that capacity until December 30, 2009.

Jibrin Baba Ndace
Chief Press Secretary
21st October 2018

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