A former Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdul Kafarati has been confirmed dead.
Although the details of his death were sketchy, he was said to have died of cardiac arrest on Thursday evening after his Magrib prayer in Abuja.
The Chief Information Officer of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Catherine Oby Nwandu, confirmed the death in a statement on Friday.
She said, “With great sadness, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Honorable Justice John Terhemba Tsoho, regrets to announce the sudden death of the former Chief Judge of this Honourable Court, Honorable Justice Adamu Abdul Kafarati who passed on last night at about 7.30 pm being, February 25, 2021, after his usual evening Magrib prayer in Abuja.
“The late Justice died of Cardiac arrest. Born on July 25, 1954, at Kwami, Gombe State, he was appointed to the Federal High Court Bench on October 31 1991. He became the acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court on September 16, 2017, and was confirmed as the substantive Chief Judge on June 17, 2018.”
Late Justice Kafarati retired from the Federal High Court Bench on July 25, 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 said.
He prayed that the Almighty God will grant his immediate family, relatives and friends the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
The burial arrangements would be done according to Islamic rites as follows: Funeral Prayer – Salat Al-Janazah Prayers to be held at National Mosque Abuja by 2pm prompt, while internment takes place at national cemetery, Gudu in Abuja.