Former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Idris Kutigi, has died at 78 years old after a brief illness.
This was confirmed by his eldest son, Sani Kutigi, who said his father died in a London hospital.
Kutigi confirmed the death in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Minna on Sunday.
“We are making arrangements to transport our father back for burial,” he said.
Idris Legho Kutigi was the chief justice of Nigeria between 2007 and 2009 and after retirement, he was made the chairman of the Constitutional Conference set up by the Jonathan administration in 2014.
Kutigi was born on 31 December 1939 in Kutigi, Lavun local government area of Niger State.
Expressing sadness over his death, President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, described Kutigi as an honourable jurist who spent his life in the service of his country and humanity.
In a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, Saraki stated that the death of the jurist was a colossal loss, particularly coming at a time when his experience, dedication and knowledge were required in the service of the country.
Also lamenting the loss was Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, who in a statement, described Justice Kutigi as a quintessential justice, who served Nigeria meritoriously, contributing his quota to the development of the judiciary and to the Nigerian project in more ways than one.
Late Kutigi left behind 18 children and over 40 grandchildren.