Former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi, 78, is dead.

Justices Kutigi was reported dead in a London hospital on Saturday night.

The chief press secretary to Niger State governor, Jibrin Ndace, confirmed the death of the former Chief Justice on Sunday.

Ndace said the jurist died in the United Kingdom on Saturday night after a brief illness.

The former CJN was born on December 31, 1939. He served as Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Niger State before he became a High Court Judge in 1976.

He joined the Supreme Court in 1992 and was appointed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to succeed former CJN Alfa Belgore in 2007.

Kutigi served as Chief Justice of Nigeria between January 30, 2007, and December 30, 2009.

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