The Kogi State government has described the death of Chief Judge (CJ), Justice Nasir Ajanah, as a massive blow to the government and peopleof the state.
Ajanah, 64, died in the early hours of Sunday, in an Abuja hospital where he was being treated for an undisclosed ailment.
Unconfirmed sources said the late CJ, who had lately suffered serious health challenges, died in a COVID-19 isolation centre in Abuja.
Ajanah died a week after the state judiciary lost the President of the Customary Court of Appeal, Justice Ibrahim Atadoga.
He was reportedly recuperating from an surgery he underwent.
A source told The Nation the late Kogi chief law officer had been battling with a critical health challenge, which necessitated his being moved to Abuja for better medical attention.
Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Kingsley Fanwo, in a statement, said Ajanah will be solely missed for his “tenacity of purpose and outstanding commitment to the sanctity of the temple of justice.”
The statement reads: “This is a massive blow to the government and people of Kogi State; for his brilliant justice administration throughout his career as a Judge and his tenure as the Chief Judge of Kogi State.
“Justice Ajanah will be solely missed for his tenacity of purpose and outstanding commitment to the sanctity of the temple of justice. He was a collosus in the noble profession of law. his shoes will be impossible to fill.”
It added the state government will work with the family of the late Justice Ajanah to accord him a befitting burial.
Justice Ajanah hailed from Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi State.
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He was appointed the Chief Judge in 2009 during the tenure of former Governor Ibrahim Idris.
Idris under whose administration Ajanah became the Chief Judge described his death as a great loss to the state.
The former governor, in a statement he signed, said that his death came at a time when the state needed his professional and fatherly roles most.
He recalled his working relationship with the former CJ, saying he was an unbiased and unblemished public officer.
He condoled with the state government and judiciary, “especially as it was not too long ago that the President of the Customary Court of Appeal, Justice Shaibu Atadoga died.
He urged the family of the late Justice Ajanah to take solace in the fact that the deceased lived an exemplary and disciplined life, and prayed for the repose of his soul.