The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, on Thursday received the remains of the former CJN, Justice Dahiru Musdapher, at the international wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
The CJN, according to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Awassam Bassey, arrived at the airport at 4.30a.m. and met with the family of the deceased at 5.45a.m. and also delivered a condolence message on behalf of himself, his family and the Nigerian judiciary to the late jurist’s family and the people of Kano State.
He advised the family to be consoled by the fact that the late jurist had the honour and privilege of serving his country, Nigeria, at the highest level of the judicial arm of government, and accept his demise as the will of God.
Bassey recalled that the CJN had earlier directed all flags within the Supreme Court and all judicial institutions to fly at half-mast till the end of fidda’u which is the seven-day prayer.
In a related development, Onnoghen has cancelled today’s planned inauguration of six committees in the National Judicial Council (NJC) to allow management and other staff pay their last respect to the departed former CJN.
The committees which are to be saddled with reorganisation of the judiciary would be inaugurated at a future date to be communicated after the burial rites of the late former CJN.