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BREAKING: Former Chief Justice, Idris Kutigi dies in London

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Former Chief Justice of Nigeria , Idris Kutigi , died in a London hospital on Sunday after a brief illness, his eldest son , Sani Kutigi has confirmed .Kutigi confirmed the death in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Minna on Sunday .

” We are making arrangements to transport our father back for burial , ” he said.

Late Kutigi was born on Dec . 31 , 1939 and left behind 18 children and over 40 grandchildren .

He was the Chief Justice of Nigeria from Jan. 30 , 2007 until Dec . 30 2009.

Justice Kutigi served as the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Niger State until 1976, when he was appointed High Court judge .

He served in that position for more than a decade and later joined the Supreme Court in 1992.

After 10 years at the Supreme Court, based on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council , former President Olusegun Obasanjo appointed him to the position of Chief Justice to succeed Justice Salihu Alfa Belgore , who retired on January 17 , 2007 .

( NAN )

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