Kogi State chief judge and life bencher, Justice Nasir Ajanah, has died at age 64.
Ajanah died in the early hours of Sunday after a protracted illness, according to the spokesman of state judiciary, Saeed Saqueeb.
Appointed as judge by the old Kwara State Government and moved to Kogi after creation of the the state in 1991, Ajanah served in Ankpa, Okene and Lokoja before his appointment as chief judge.
TheCable reports that Ajanah died at the COVID-19 isolation centre in Gwagwalada, Abuja.
Commissioner for Information in Kogi, Kingsley Fanwo, also announced the death in a statement but was silent on where he died.
”The Kogi State Government wishes to announce the demise of Hon. Justice Nasir Ajana. Until his death, Nasir Ajana was the Chief Judge of Kogi State. The passing of the legal luminary is a massive blow to the Government and people of Kogi State for his brilliant justice administration throughout his career as a Judge and his tenure as the Chief Judge of Kogi State,” he said.
”He will be sorely missed for his tenacity of purpose and outstanding commitment to the sanctity of the temple of justice. He was a collosus in the noble profession of law. The State Government will work with the family of the late Chief Justice to give him a befitting burial. His shoes will be impossible to fill.”
Kogi government has insisted severally that the state is COVID-19-free.
Ajanah, a life bencher, was appointed chief judge in acting capacity in December 2008 and later confirmed substantive chief judge in May 2009.
The CJ, whose remains will be buried in Abuja on Sunday, served as chairman, election petitions tribunal in Akwa Ibom (2007) and chairman, election tribunal petitions in Rivers (2008).