By Yemi Oyeyemi,Abuja
Immediate past Chief Judge of the Federal high court, Justice Adamu Abdu Kafarati is dead.
Justice Kafarati diead of cardiac arrest on Thursday evening February 25 at his Abuja residence shortly after observing his evening magrib prayer.
The incumbent Chief Judge of the court, Justice John Terhemba Tsoho officially announced the demise of his immediate predecessor in a statement in Abuja on Friday.
The statement signed by the Chief Information Officer of the court, Mrs Catherine Oby Nwandu read in part “with great sadness, the Chief Judge of the federal high court, Justice John Terhemba Tsoho regrets to announce the sudden death of the former Chief Judge of this honorable court; Honorable Justice Adamu Abdu Kafarati.
“He passed on last night at about 7:30 pm being 25th February, 2021 after his usual evening Magrib Prayer in Abuja.
“The Late Justice died of Cardiac arrest.
“Born on the 25th of July, 1954 at Kwami, Gombe State, he was appointed to the Federal High Court Bench on 31st October, 1991.
” He became the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court on 16th September, 2017 and was confirmed as the substantive Chief Judge on 19th June, 2018.
“Late Justice Kafarati retired from the federal high court bench on the 25th July, 2019.
“The Chief Judge of the federal high court of Nigeria, Judges of the court, the entire management and staff of the court commiserate with the family of the deceased.
Justice Tsoho described the late Chief Judge as calm and gentle, but very courageous; extremely humble and forthright in all his dealings.
“The pain of the exit of late Justice Adamu Abdu Kafarati will be felt by the court and as well as the country at large.” he added.
He prayed that the Almighty God grant his immediate family, relatives and friends the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
The statement indicated that burial arrangements will be done according to Islamic rites .