A retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Saidu Kawu, has passed on at the age of 85.
Justice Suleiman Kawu, the eldest son of the deceased, confirmed the death to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
Suleiman said that the late jurist died on Wednesday evening in Ilorin.
Suleiman said that the deceased would be buried on Thursday morning in IIorin.
Meanwhile, NAN reports that sympathisers, including members of the bench and the bar, have started paying condolence visit to the family compound of the late jurist.
The Kwara State Governor, Dr. Abdulfatah Ahmed, described the death of Kawu, who is the Madawaki of Ilorin, as a painful loss to the state and the country.
Ahmed, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Abdulwahab Oba, said the death of Justice kawu marked the close of a chapter in the annals of the country’s judiciary.
Ahmed recalled that Justice Kawu, through his sojourn in the judiciary in Kwara State as Chief Judge and at the Supreme Court, left indelible marks in the sand of time.
According to the governor, Justice Kawu, through his judicial pronouncements helped in shaping and developing judicial processes in the country.
Ahmed commiserated with the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari; the Ilorin Emirate Council; the people of the state and Nigerians at large on the demise of Justice Kawu.
He prayed Allah to grant the deceased aljanat fridaous.
He also prayed that God would grant his family, the Ilorin Emirate and the people of Kwara State the fortitude to bear the loss.