Nasir Ajanah, chief judge of Kogi State, is dead.
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TheCable reports that a member of the family, on Sunday, disclosed that Ajanah died at the COVID-19 isolation centre in Gwagwalada, Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
His death came less than two weeks after the personal assistant to the state governor, Yahaya Bello, also died in an Abuja hospital.
Ajanah died one week after the passing of Ibrahim Shaibu Atadoga, president of the Kogi customary court of appeal.
The publication said Kingsley Fanwo, the state commissioner for information, did not respond to enquiries for comments.
However, Mohammed Onogwu, chief press secretary to the governor, said confirmation should be made from the state judiciary or Ajanah’s family.
“They are the first people that will break the news of the death,” he was quoted as saying.
But Fanwo later issued a statement announcing the death of the judge without mentioning that he died of COVID-19.
”The Kogi State Government wishes to announce the demise of Hon. Justice Nasir Ajana. Until his death, Nasir Ajana was the Chief Judge of Kogi State. The passing of the legal luminary 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,” he said.
”He will be sorely 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. The State Government will work with the family of the late Chief Justice to give him a befitting burial. His shoes will be impossible to fill.”
Although the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has so far announced three cases of COVID-19 in Kogi, the state government has insisted the state is free of the disease, accusing the agency of falsifying cases in the state.