KATSINA-ALU, Chief Justice Aloysius Iyorgyer (late)

Born August 28, 1941

Benue State

Hon. Justice


Aloysius Iyorgyer

Chief Justice Katsina-Alu was called to the English Bar in October 1967 and the Nigerian Bar on June 28, 1968. He began his legal career in July 1968 as a private lawyer in Lagos. Justice Katsina-Alu became a Legal Officer at the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), Lagos State, 1969-1977. He became the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice of Benue State in 1978 a position held until 1979 when he was appointed a judge of the Benue State High Court. He was promoted to the Court of Appeal in 1985, where he served until November 1998, Justice Katsina-Alu was appointed Justice of the Supreme Court. He was sworn in as Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria on 25th November 1998 and after spending 11 years on the Bench, Justice Katsina-Alu became the 11th Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) on December 30, 2009. He retired from this position on August 26, 2011. Justice Katsina-Alu died at an Orthopaedic hospital in Abuja on July 18, 2018 at age 77.
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State of Origin: Benue State
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Previous Appointments:

– Legal Officer, Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), Lagos, 1969 -1977;

– Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Benue State in 1978-1979;

– Judge, Benue State High Court;

– Judge, Court of Appeal, Benue State, 1985-1998;

– Justice, Supreme Court, 1998-2009;

– Chief Justice of Nigeria, December 30, 2009- August 26, 2011

St Anne’s Primary School Tarungwa, Benue State; St. Patricks Primary School Taraku, Benue State; St. Michaels Secondary School Aliede, Benue State; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Inns of Court School of Law(now known as The City Law School), London; Gibson Weldon College of Law, University of London.
July18, 2018
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