Former CJN Dahiru Musdapher, Dies at 75

Justice Dahiru Musdapher

A former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Dahiru Musdapher, has died.

Mr. Musdapher died in the early hours of Tuesday at the age of 75.

The cause of his death was not immediately clear but family members took to social media to break the news.

“My elder brother Justice Dahiru Musdapher former CJN passed on tonight,” Muneer Musdapher, a younger brother of the former CJN wrote on Facebook.

The jurist retired from bench five years ago on attaining the mandatory retirement age of 70.

Almost a year to his retirement, he was appointed CJN by then President Goodluck Jonathan, upon the exit of Justice Alysious Katsina-Alu. He was succeeded by Justice Aloma Mariam Mukhtar in 2012.

Mr. Musdapher was educated at the Ahmadu Bello University and the School for Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London.

He was called to the Nigerian bar in 1968.

He began his legal practice as one of the early private legal practitioners in northern Nigeria.

In 1976 he was appointed Kaduna State attorney general and commissioner of justice.

He switched to the bench in 1979 with his appointment as a high court in Kano state. He was later made the state’s Chief Judge.

In 1983, Mr. Musdapher was appointed to the Court of Appeal where he spent 18 years, until his appointment to the Supreme Court in 2003.

He hailed from a family of emigrant Kanuri scholars and jurists in Babura local government of present-day Jigawa state.

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