Idris Kutigi, ex-Chief Justice of Nigeria, dies at 78

Idris Kutigi, ex-Chief Justice of Nigeria, dies at 78

Idris Kutigi, a former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), has died in a London hospital, on Sunday, after a brief illness.

This was confirmed by his eldest son, Sani Kutigi, who disclosed the news to the News Agency of  Nigeria (NAN) in a phone interview on Sunday.

“We are making arrangements to transport our father back for burial,” he said.

The late Kutigi was the CJN between 2007 and 2009 and after his retirement, he was appointed the chairman of the Constitutional Conference set up by the then Jonathan administration in 2014.

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The late Kutigi was born on December 31, 1939, and left behind 18 children and over 40 grandchildren.

He began his early education in the town and later had his secondary education in Bida and Barewa College in Zaria.

He also schooled at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, before proceeding to England where he studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and Gibson and Weldon, before returning to attend the Nigerian Law School in Lagos.

The deceased Kutigi served as the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Niger State until 1976, when he was appointed high court judge, a position he held for 10 years before his appointment as a judge of the Supreme Court in 1992.

He became the chief justice in 2007, succeeding Justice Alfa Belgore.

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