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FCT judge who once banned publication of Obasanjo’s ‘My Watch’ is dead



A judge of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja, Justice Valentine Ashi , is dead .

The judge grabbed the headlines in December 2014 when he granted an injunction barring former President Olusegun Obasanjo from publishing his autobiography , ‘ My Watch ’ .
Officials of the court confirmed that the judge died of a liver – related ailment in Abuja earlier on Thursday .

The court officials said they would not divulge further details about the judge ’ s death until the approval of the Chief Judge of the court , Justice Ishaq Bello , was obtained .
His family was said to have formally informed the court about his death on Friday .

The judge ’ s profile on the FCT High Court’ s website shows that he hailed from Obudu Local Government Area of Cross River State .
Neither his date of birth nor his age was contained in the profile .
He was called to the Bar in 1987 and completed his National Youth Service the following year .
He became a lecturer at the Nigerian Law School in 2001 where he remained until his appointed as a judge in the FCT High Court, Abuja in 2010 .

On December 7 , 2014 , the judge who was then sitting in the division of the FCT High Court in Wuse Zone 2 , Abuja , made the headlines by restraining former President Obasanjo from going on with plans to publish or have someone publish on his behalf, his autobiography titled , ‘ My watch ’ .

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