It has been a harvest of deaths in Nigeria’s judiciary lately with the death of the immediate past Chief Judge of Bayelsa State, Justice Kate Abiri.

Justice Abiri reportedly died today after a brief illness.

She belongs to the same Nigerian Law School Class as Late Justice Chima Centus Nweze who also passed on recently.

An announcement by the Class President obtained by CITY LAWYER reads:


It is deep sadness that I announce to us the passing of Justice Kate Abiri, retired CJ of Bayelsa state. She was the immediate past CJ of Bayelsa state.

This sad news has occurred too soon after losing CC Nweze, JSC.

May the soul of Justice Kate Abiri rest in peace and may the Lord comfort her entire family during this difficult and sad times.

May the entire NLS84 be consoled.

I will like to implore us to please observe a 3 day mourning period from today until midnight Saturday 5th August.
May the Lord stay the hands of death in our midst in Jesus name.

Many thanks.

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