By Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
In the last one week, Kogi State has been thrown into mourning following the death the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Nasiru Ajanah, and President, Kogi State Customary Court of Appeal, Justice Shuaib Atadoga.
Justice Ajanah died early Sunday morning at an Isolation Centre at Gwagwalada Hospital, Abuja from complications arising from COVID-19. He was 64.
He had been admitted at the centre for sometimes. His admission had sparked controversy between the Kogi State Government and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
While the former insisted there was no coronavirus in Kogi, NCDC stuck to its guns saying there was and the state Chief Judge tested positive for the virus.
Late Justice Ajana hailed from Okehi Local Government Council of Kogi State.
He became acting Chief of Kogi State in 2008 after Justice Ota who acted briefly as Chief Judge and was later confirmed as substantive CJ by the former governor of Kogi State, Ibrahim Idris
Ajana was born in Okene local government council to the family of MJ Fari Ajanah.
He received early education at the Native Authority (Central) Primary School, Okene between 1962 and 1968. In 1969, he enrolled in Federal Government College, Keffi and graduated in 1973.
In 1974, Ajana enrolled in the same college for a Higher School Certificate (HSC) and graduated in 1975.
He later proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he obtained LLB degree in Law and attended Nigerian Law School and was subsequently called to the Nigerian Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
Ajana’s legal career started at the Kwara State Ministry of Justice where he served as State Counsel (1982-1984). In 1984, he established his own private firm, Nasiru Ajana & Co in Okene, until 1989 when he was appointed a Judge of Kwara State High Court. he was transferred to Kogi State after its creation in 1991.
Before his appointment as Chief Judge of Kogi State, Ajana had served in different capacities. In 1994, Ajana served on the Kabba disturbance tribunal in Kogi State as Chairman.
Ajana was Chairman, Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Adamawa State after the 1999 general elections; Member, Governing board of Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (1999-2006); Chairman, Panel on Muritala Mohammed International Airport Fire Incidence (2000); Chairman, Election Petition Tribunal in Akwa – Ibom State (2007) and Chairman; Election Tribunal Petition (2) in Rivers State (2008).
Justice Ajanah was buried at his residence in Okene, Okene Local government area of Kogi State according to islamic rites.
Meanwhile, the Kogi State Government has announced the demise of Hon. Justice Nasir Ajana.
The passing of the legal luminary is a massive blow to the Government and people of Kogi State for his brilliant justice administration throughout his career as a Judge and his tenure as the Chief Judge of Kogi State.
He would be sorely missed for his tenacity of purpose and outstanding commitment to the sanctity of the temple of justice. He was a colossus in the noble profession of law.
The State Government will work with the family of the late Chief Justice to give him a befitting burial. His shoes will be impossible to fill.