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Two Appeal Court Judges die in Saudi stampede

Two Justices of the Court of Appeal were among Nigerian pilgrims who died in the Holy land while performing this year’s Hajj.   They are…

Two Justices of the Court of Appeal were among Nigerian pilgrims who died in the Holy land while performing this year’s Hajj.
 
They are Justice Abdulkadir Jega, Presiding Justice of Abuja Division and Justice Musa Hassan Alkali of Ilorin Division.
 
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, (CJN) Justice Mahmud Mohammed in a condolence message his media aide Ahuraka Isah on Saturday commiserated with the Court of Appeal and the families of the two Justices.
 
More than 700 pilgrims died and more than 800 injured in Saudi Arabia last Thursday following a deadly stampede in Mina near the Jamarat (‎symbolic stoning of the devil) site.
 
Justice Mohammed in his condolence message to the deceased families, the Court of Appeal, the Judiciary and the Federal Republic of Nigeria noted that it was "with a deep sense of shock but with gratitude to Almighty Allah that he learnt of the death of Abdulkadir Jega, Presiding Justice of Abuja Division and Justice Musa Hassan Alkali of Ilorin Division."
 
The CJN said the death of the revered jurists was not just a huge loss to the Judiciary but Nigeria in entirety, adding that both men of the Bench have contributed immensely to the development of our jurisprudence.