The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad and his colleagues have paid condolence to visit the family of late Justice Sylvester Ngwuta who died on March 7.
In response to a statement issued on Sunday by Mr. Ahuraka Yusuf Isah, Senior Special Assistant (Media) to the CJN, the officials who accompanied the Justices on the go were the Chief Registrar, Hadizatu Uwani Mustapha and a few administration workers of the Supreme Court.
The statement learns in part, “The CJN and his brother Justices have been received by Justice Ngwuta’s cousin, Chief Nwali; his brother, Stephen Ngwuta and his daughter, Chidera Ngwuta.
“In his remark, the CJN acknowledged that it was not an avenue for long speeches, being a tragic event and so he was brief. He stated the late jurist was a complete gentleman who gained hurt anybody.
‘’He was highly devoted to his duty and would definitely be missed by many people. May His Lordship’s soul rest in peace and may God Almighty continue to guard and supply for the family he left behind,” the CJN stated.
Responding on behalf of the family, Chief Nwali thanked the CJN and the Supreme Court for their support, saying the apex court has been taking care of the deceased from the day he fell sick, both physically and financially till his demise.
‘’Up to date, the court has been supportive of the household as regards preparations leading to the burial of the deceased. We pray for the delegation, just as we will forever be grateful for the kindness and help prolonged by the court,’’ he stated.
Subsequently, the CJN signed the condolence register on behalf of himself and other Justices.
Justice Ngwuta was due to retire from the Supreme Court bench on attaining the mandatory retirement age of 70 years on March 30, 2021before he died on March 7, 2021, by 2.30 am.
The assertion further stated the late jurist’s remains had been deposited within the National Hospital mortuary in Abuja pending the conclusion of arrangements for his burial.