The Sudden Demise of Justice Chima Nweze
In a shocking turn of events, Justice Chima Nweze of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), has been feared dead. At the time of this report, his family has not yet made an official statement, but sources indicate that he passed away on Sunday at the age of 64.
Notable Judgments and Controversies
Justice Nweze gained widespread recognition for his dissenting judgment in 2020, wherein he declared Emeka Ihedioha of the People Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the 2019 Governorship election in Imo State, going against the majority decision of the panel.
He was also involved in the panel of Justices that refused the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) Atiku Abubakar’s request to inspect the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) server while challenging President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in the 2019 elections.
Furthermore, in a split judgment of three against two, Justice Nweze delivered a controversial judgment of the Supreme Court, declaring the then Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, as the authentic candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Yobe North Senatorial District for the 25 February general election.
A Distinguished Career and Background
Justice Chima Nweze, hailing from Obollo in Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu State, was born on September 25, 1958. His legal acumen and contributions to the Nigerian judiciary earned him the prestigious appointment to the supreme court in 2014, during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Mourning the Loss
The passing of Justice Chima Nweze has left the legal fraternity and the nation in mourning. His significant contributions to the judiciary and the nation as a whole will be deeply missed.
Condolences and Funeral Arrangements
As the nation comes to terms with this sudden loss, the family of Justice Chima Nweze is expected to announce funeral arrangements in due course. Condolences and support are pouring in from all corners of the country for the family during this difficult time.
The legal community and the people of Nigeria unite in paying tribute to Justice Chima Nweze’s life and legacy. May his soul rest in peace.