Aloysious Katsina-Alu, ex-Chief Justice of Nigeria, is dead

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A former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Aloysius Katsina-Alu, is dead.

He was 76 years old.

Information provided to PREMIUM TIMES by multiple sources on Wednesday morning said Mr Katsina-Alu died after a brief illness in a hospital in Abuja.

Awassam Bassey, the Special Assistant on Media to the current CJN, Walter Onnoghen, confirmed Mr. Katsina-Alu’s death.

Mr. Bassey said he received a text message from the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Hadizat Mustapha, regarding the death of Mr. Katsina-Alu on Wednesday morning.

Ms. Mustapha also told PREMIUM TIMES that she was hinted about the former CJN’s death by his personal assistant on a text message.

Mr Katsina-Alu was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1968, a year after his call to the British bar in 1967.

He became a member of the bench in 1979. From Ushongo in Benue State, Mr Katsina-Alu was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1998 and became the Chief Justice of Nigeria in 2009.