Federal High Court judge, Evoh Chukwu is dead, Premium Times reports.
The late justice was the one presiding over the alleged forgery case against Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu. The deceased is said to have passed away after a brief illness according to a statement issued by the court’s chief registrar, Emmanuel Gako.
According to the statement, the court has declared Thursday a work free day in honour of the departed judge. The statement also directed all court registrars to adjourn cases that were initially slated for hearing today to ensure total compliance.
Asides the Saraki case, the late judge was also the one handling the trial of formmer governor of Adamawa state, Murtala Nyako, who was charged to court over allegations of abuse of office and economic crimes by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The case was recently re-assigned to the deceased judge by the Chief Judge of the court, Justice Ibrahim Auta. This followed Justice Adeniyi Ademola’s declining to give judgment in the matter following an allegation of bias raised by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.
Justice Chukwu was born on Aug. 24, 1964 in Afikpo North LGA of Ebonyi State and was appointed a judge of the court on Jan. 23, 2008. (NAN)