Justice Kawu dies at 85, buried in Ilorin

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BY Demola Akinyemi & Abdulwahab  Abdulah
Ilorin — The body of late retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Sa’idu Kawu, 85, was buried yesterday in Ilorin according to Islamic injunctions.
Kawu passed, Wednesday evening, in Ilorin.

He was buried at his residence, Ikokoro compound off Niger Road, Ilorin at 10.45 a.m.
The Chief Imam of Ilorin, Alhaji Mohammed Basiru, who led the jana’iza (funeral) prayer.
Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State, Senator Bukola Saraki, the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, the former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami, and members from the bar and bench, were among thousands of dignitaries who witnessed the burial.

The eldest son of the deceased, Justice Suleiman Kawu described his father as an incorruptible, firm, thorough and meticulous judge who was God fearing during his life time.
The late jurist was appointed the Chief Judge of Kwara State in 1975 and later became a Supreme Court Judge in 1984.

The Ilorin-born judge headed the National Constitutional Conference Commission, NCCC, and other high-profile commissions.
Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State described Kawu as a painful loss to the state and the country.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Abdulwahab Oba, the governor said:”The death of Justice Kawu marked the close of a chapter in the annals of the country’s judiciary.

“As a Chief Judge in Kwara State and at the Supreme Court, he left indelible marks in the sand of time.”

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