The Judiciary has declared seven days mourning, to honour a former Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi, who died in a hospital in London on Sunday.
Consequently, the incumbent CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, on Sunday, directed that the Nigerian National Flag in the premises of the Supreme Court, the CJN’s official residence in the Three Arms Zone of Abuja, all Judiciary institutions as well as all Courts of Records in the country, should be flown at half-mast for a duration of seven days.
Similarly, the CJN instructed the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court to open Condolence Registers at both foyers of the Court to enable Justices of the Court and other well-wishers pay their last respects to the deceased jurist.
In a statement that was signed by his media aide, Awassam Bassey, the Chief Justice said he received the news of the demise of the erstwhile CJN with sadness.
“The CJN, on behalf of the Nigerian Judiciary and, indeed, all Nigerians, commiserates with the family of the deceased former CJN and urges them to take solace in the fact that their patriarch lived to the fullness of age and served his country diligently, rising to become the Chief Justice of Nigeria, the highest office in the third arm of government.
“The Hon. Chief Justice prays for the peaceful repose of Hon. Mr. Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi and urges God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss,” the statement added.