The Late Justice Centus Chima Nweze of Nigeria’s Supreme Court will be buried on October 20, 2023, CITY LAWYER can authoritatively report.

According to burial arrangements obtained by CITY LAWYER, the cerebral jurist will begin his homeward journey on October 10, 2023 when the apex court would hold a Valedictory Session in his honour at the Supreme Court Complex at 10 am.

A requiem mass will hold the same day at the Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, Maitama, Abuja. Time is 4 pm. Another requiem mass will hold on Friday, October 13, 2023 at 5 pm at Christ the King Parish, GRA, Enugu.

Meanwhile, a “Night of Tribute” will hold for the departed jurist at Amadeo Event Centre, Enugu on 17th October, 2023. Time is 5 pm.

Aside from a Vigil Mass on October 17, 2023 at his country home in Umuezejor, Obollo Afor, Enugu State, the burial rites will climax with a Burial Mass at St. Pius Catholic Church, Umuezejor, Obollo Afor, Enugu State on October 20, 2023. His remains will be interred after the burial service.

CITY LAWYER gathered that Justice Nweze died in controversial circumstances on July 30, 2023 after a prolonged illness. While the immediate cause of his death was attributed to a collapsed organ, it was alleged that the state of his health was one of the triggers for the unprecedented protest letter by Supreme Court jurists to the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad who resigned afterwards.

Born in 1958, Justice Nweze died on July 30, 2023. A statement by the Supreme Court after his demise read: “It is with heart full of grief that we announce the sudden death of our amiable brother and colleague, Hon. Justice Chima Centus Nweze, JSC, on Saturday, July 29, 2023, after a brief illness.

“Justice Nweze was born in Obollo, Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu State, on September 25, 1958.

”He had his LLB (Hons), LLM and PhD in Law at the prestigious University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus in 1983, 1995 and 2001, respectively.

“He was also a recipient of LL.D. Degree; and was an Associate Professor of Law at Ebonyi State University and a Visiting Professor of Law, Enugu State University of Science and Technology.

“His Lordship was a Judge of the High Court of Justice, Enugu State, from 1995 to 2007; Justice of the Court of Appeal from 2008 to 2014; and was elevated to the Supreme Court Bench on 29 October, 2014, where he served until his death.

“Hon. Justice Chima Nweze gave a sterling account of himself in the discharge of his official duties at the Supreme Court.

“He had largely made himself a pliable legal personality that had diligently sunk a pool of enduring legal knowledge and experience in all his judicial pronouncements.

“He had been a formidable ally of his brother Justices, an admirable pillar of support to the staff and management of the Supreme Court; and indeed, a dependable father-figure to all.

“It will be an understatement to say we are all going to miss him dearly. Funeral arrangements would be announced by the family in due course.”

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