Members of the Adamawa State National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal have expressed sadness over the death of Justice Abubakar Jega during last Thursday’s Hajj stampede in Mina, Saudi Arabia, where over 700 persons died.
The Street Journal recalls that Jega, a judge of the Court of Appeal and brother to Prof. Attahiru Jega, the immediate past Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was among the pilgrims who died in the Sept. 24 Hajj tragedy.
Justices Anthony Onovo, Ahman Abbas and Peter Ikujuni, all expressed their sadness over Jega’s sudden death while speaking to newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday.
Onovo, who is the Chairman of the tribunal, described the late Jega as an outstanding judge, who had visited them at the tribunal on several occasions, and prayed for the repose of his soul and souls of all Muslim faithful who lost their lives.
An Abuja-based lawyer, Mr Leonard Nzadon, said Jega’s death was a big loss to the Nigerian judiciary and prayed for the peaceful repose of the soul of the deceased legal luminary.
The late judge took part in the 2015 pilgrimage as a member of the Kebbi State Government delegation.