Idris Kutigi, former chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), has died in a London hospital after a brief illness.

According to NAN, Sani Kutigi, his eldest son, confirmed the incident, saying it happened on Sunday.

“We are making arrangements to transport our father back for burial,” he was quoted to have said.

Born on December 31, 1939, he left behind 18 children and over 40 grandchildren.

Kutigi was the chief justice of Nigeria between January 30, 2007 and December 30 2009.

He served as the attorney-general and commissioner for justice in Niger state until 1976, when he was appointed a high court judge.

He served in that position for more than a decade and later joined the supreme court in 1992.

After 10 years at the supreme court, based on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council, former President Olusegun Obasanjo appointed him to the position of chief justice to succeed Salihu Alfa Belgore, who retired on January 17, 2007.

In 2014, former President Goodluck Jonathan appointed him chairman of the Sovereign National Conference.
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