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Former CJN, Justice Dahiru Musdapher, Dies At 75

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A former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Dahiru Musdapher, died on Mondayevening at a London hospital at the age of 75.

A family member of the deceased, Hajiya Halima Sulaiman, confirmed the death in Kano, yesterday.

She said that Justice Musdapher died after battling with kidney-related disease and that he had been on admission in the hospital for the past five months.

The deceased, according to her, left behind a wife and three children among whom are Hadiza Dahiru Mustapha, a magistrate, and Kaloma Mustapha, a media aide to Jigawa State governor, Badaru Abubakar.

The remains of the deceased were yet to arrive and it was not certain as to where he would be buried.

The Jigawa-born Musdapher was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria on August 27, 2011 and sworn in by former President Goodluck Jonathan, on August 29, 2011.

He served as Chief Judge of Kano State between 1979 and 1985.

Musdapher, a native of Babura town, served as a member of the Court of Appeal between 1985 and 2003, and later joined the Supreme Court.

PMB Commiserates With Family Of Former CJN

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent condolences to the government and people of Jigawa State over the passing away of former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Dahiru Musdapher.

President Buhari, in a statement by his special adviser on media, Femi Adesina, commiserated with the Kano and Ringim Emirate Council, professional colleagues, family members and friends of the eminent jurist whose contributions to the structure, letter and spirit of the nation’s constitution and legal practice will always be remembered and greatly appreciated by generations.

The president commended the conciliatory leadership roles the former chief justice played in his career development and nation building, serving as Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice of Kaduna State, Chief Judge of Kano State, and Justice of both the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

The president prayed that Allah will grant the departed soul good rest in eternity and comfort his family.



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