President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday commiserated with Kogi State over the death of the state’s Chief Judge (CJ), Justice Nasir Ajanah.
Buhari said the late CJ’s demise has left a huge gap in the Judiciary.
He condoled with the family of the deceased as well as the people and government of Kogi State.
A statement in Abuja by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said: “President Buhari condoles with government and people of Kogi State over the passing of Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajanah, whose brilliant legal career will remain a reference.
“The President commiserates with his family, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and the Body of Benchers over the demise of the legal luminary, urging family and all associates to find comfort in prayers and acceptance of the will of God.
“President Buhari believes the late Chief Judge made a remarkable impact on the state, his chosen profession and community, with clear evidence that his death will create a huge gap in the Judiciary.
“The President prays that Almighty God will grant the soul of the departed a peaceful rest,” statement said.
The Kogi State government described Justice Ajanah’s death as a massive blow to the government and the people of the state.
Ajanah died a week after the state’s Judiciary lost the President of the Customary Court of Appeal, Justice Ibrahim Atadoga.
He was reportedly recuperating from an earlier surgery he underwent.
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A source, who spoke in confidence, told The Nation that the late Kogi chief law officer had been battling a critical health challenge, which necessitated his being moved to Abuja for better medical attention.
In a statement in Lokoja, the state capital, Information and Strategy Commissioner Kingsley Fanwo said the late Justice Ajanah will be solely missed for his “tenacity of purpose and outstanding commitment to the sanctity of the temple of justice”.
The government promised to work with the family of the late CJ to accord him a befitting burial.
The late Justice Ajanah was appointed CJ in 2009 under former Governor Ibrahim Idris.
The ex-governor described Ajanah’s death as a great loss to the state.
The Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) described the CJ’s death as shocking and unfortunate.
In a statement on Sunday in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, by its Media Officer, Afolabi Oni, NBBF said: “Justice Ajanah was a critical stakeholder in basketball in Nigeria and shared one of the core values of this present board in the area of grassroots development through his annual Justice Ajanah Inter-Local Government Basketball competition in Kogi State.
“The Nigerian league system (men and women) has benefitted immensely from the talents discovered during this competition, with its 12th edition held last year in Okene.”
The CJ died at an Abuja hospital where he was receiving treatment after reportedly showing COVID-19 symptoms.