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Idris Legbo Kutigi (born December 31, 1939) is a Nigerian lawyer and judge. He has been the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria since January 30, 2007.[1]

Education

Born in Kutigi, North-Western State (now located in the Lavun Local Government Area of Niger State), Kutigi attended elementary school in that town and middle and secondary school in Bida.[1] He then moved on to Government College (now known as Barewa College), and then to Ahmadu Bello University (both in Zaria, Kaduna State.) He left the country for England, where he studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and the Gibson and Weldon College of Law, before returning to attend the Nigerian Law School in Lagos, Lagos State.[1]

Career

Kutigi served as the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Niger State before becoming a high court judge in 1976.[2] He joined the Supreme Court in 1992 and served for ten years before President Olusegun Obasanjo appointed him to the position of Chief Justice to succeed the outgoing Salihu Alfa Belgore. Belgore retired on January 17 and Kutigi succeeded him on January 30, after being confirmed by the Senate.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Hon. Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi CON". Scn.gov.ng. Supreme Court of Nigeria. 2007-02-01. http://www.scn.gov.ng/portal/detail.php?link=kutigi. Retrieved 2007-05-04.  
  2. ^ a b "Behold The New CJN". Independent Online. Independent Newspapers. http://www.independentngonline.com/?c=50&a=20057. Retrieved 2007-05-04.  
Preceded by
Salihu Alfa Belgore
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria
January 30, 2007–present
Incumbent
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