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Sombre Hours for Nigeria’s Judiciary as Two High Ranking Judges Pass Away

The Nigerian legal fraternity is grappling with the sudden demise of two high-ranking judges, Justice Chima Centus Nweze of the Supreme Court and Hon Justice Peter Hoommuk Mallong of the Federal High Court, who both died within hours of each other.

Justice Nweze passed away at the age of 64 following a brief illness, according to an unnamed source. Born on September 25, 1958 in Obollo, Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu State, Nweze had a storied legal career that included a notable dissenting judgment in the 2020 case that declared Emeka Ihedioha of the People’s Democratic Party as the winner of the 2019 Governorship election in Imo State.

The judge, appointed to the Supreme Court in 2014 by former President Goodluck Jonathan, also made headlines for his refusal to grant Atiku Abubakar’s request to inspect the Independent National Electoral Commission’s server during the 2019 presidential election challenge.

Hon Justice Peter Hoommuk Mallong
Hon Justice Peter Hoommuk Mallong

Meanwhile, the Federal High Court in Abuja is mourning the loss of Hon Justice Peter Hoommuk Mallong. The Chief Registrar of the court, Hassan Amida, confirmed the sad news in a statement he signed off on personally. He revealed that Justice Mallong died unexpectedly on July 30, after a brief illness, and expressed deep sadness over the loss. The statement also promised that funeral arrangements would be communicated to the public in due course.




SOURCE: Online News

IMAGE: The Eagle Online

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