The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, Saturday, disclosed that two Court of Appeal Justices were among those that died during the stampede that led to the death of over 700 persons at Mina, Saudi Arabia on Thursday.
In a statement, the CJN, gave the names of the deceased Justices as Abdulkadir Jega who is the Presiding Justice of the Abuja Division of the appellate court and Justice Musa Hassan Alkali of the Ilorin Division.
Justice Mohammed, in a condolence message to their families, the Court of Appeal, the Judiciary and the Federal Republic of Nigeria, said it was with a deep sense of shock but with gratitude to Almighty Allah that he learnt of the death of the two justices.
He said their death was not only a huge loss to the Judiciary but also to the country, stressing that the deceased Justices had contributed immensely to the development of the jurisprudence in Nigeria.
The statement which was signed by his media aide, Mr. Ahuraka Isah, further read: “The CJN, Justice Mohammed on behalf of the entire Judiciary in the country prayed the Almighty Allah to grant the soul of departed Justices eternal rest and their families the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
“Justice Mohammed expressed his personal condolences to the immediate family and relations as well as friends and associates of the highly respected jurists who will be greatly missed by the entire judiciary.
“His Lordship urges members of the deceased families to be comforted by the knowledge that the departed jurists served their country with commitment, dedication and honesty.
“The CJN prays that Almighty Allah will receive their soul and grant them al-janah”.