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Okowa Mourns Ex-CJN, Justice Katsina-Alu and Ex-IGP, Ibrahim Coomassie

Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa on Friday sent condolences to the family and friends of erudite former Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Hon. Justice Aloysius Iyorgyer Katsina-Alu, who died on Wednesday and to the family of the former Inspector General of Police, IGP (rtd) Alh. Ibrahim Ahmadu Coomassie, Sardaunan Katsina, Garkuwan Hausa who also passed on Thursday.

The Governor in the first condolence message by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, said he joined the government and people of Benue State, Nigerian Bar Association and National Judicial Council in mourning the deceased.

He noted that the late Justice Katsina-Alu was a Minister in the Temple of Justice who occupied the Bench with unquestionable integrity, dignity and contributed immensely to the growth of Nigeria’s jurisprudence.

The Governor lauded Justice Katsina-Alu’s contributions, experience and diligence which impacted greatly on governance in Nigeria as he featured prominently in landmark cases like the ‘resource control’ suit.

“Governor Okowa believes the late Chief Justice left behind a legacy of discipline, brilliance and diligence that younger jurists should emulate.

“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta State, I commiserate with the His Lordship, Hon. Justice W.S.N. Onnoghen, JSC, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, and the Judiciary for this irreparable loss.

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“The Governor prays that the almighty God will grant the soul of the departed a good rest and comfort his family.”

Furthermore, while expressing sadness over reported death of former Inspector General of Police, IGP, Okowa in a condolence message to the Coomassie family, Katsina State Government, Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim K. Idris, Police Management Team and the entire Officers and Men of the Force noted that the late IGP lived a most fulfilled life and imparted his community, particularly the Nigeria Police Force, his primary constituency, where he left giant strides as the longest serving Inspector General of Police from August 1993 to 1999.

“As the 9th Indigenous Inspector General of Police, the late Coomassie was a thorough bred officer whose services to the nation will remain indelible in the anals of history as he led the Nigeria Police Force from the military era into civil democracy and handed over on May 29, 1999.

“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta State, i mourn the exit of former Inspector General of Police, IGP (rtd) Alh. Ibrahim Ahmadu Coomassie, Sardaunan Katsina, Garkuwan Hausa.

“The Governor prays that the almighty God will grant the soul of the departed a good rest and comfort his family.”

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