KUTIGI, Hon. Justice Idris Legbo GCON

Born December 31, 1939
Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi is a Lawyer and a Judge. Justice Kutigi served as the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Niger State until 1976, when he was appointed High Court Judge. He was on the bench in Niger for more than 10 years before his appointment as a judge of the Supreme Court in 1992. Justice Kutigi became the Chief Justice in 2007, succeeding Justice Alfa Belgore. Justice Kutigi retired on December 30, 2009 and did the unusual by swearing in his successor, Justice Aloysius Iyorgyer Katsina-Alu. The President of Nigeria usually swears in the Chief Justice however, President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua was not available on this occasion due to ill health. Justice Kutigi died in a London hospital on October 21, 2018 after a short period of illness died.
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Previous Appointments:

– Pupil State Counsel, 1966- 1968;

– State Counsel, 1968-1970;

– State Counsel, Grade 1, 1970-1971;

– Senior Counsel, Grade 2, 1972-1973;

– Principal State Counsel, 1973-1974;

– Deputy Solicitor-General, 1974-1975;

– Chief Registrar, High Court of Justice, Sokoto North-West, 1975-1976;

– Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Niger State, 1976-1977

– Justice, High Court, 1976-1980;

– Justice, Court of Appeal, 1980-1992;

– Justice, Supreme Court of Nigeria, 1992-2007;

– Chief Justice of Nigeria, 2007-2009;

– Chairman, National Conference on Constitutional Matters by President Goodluck Jonathan

Elementary School, kutigi, 1946-1951; Niger Middle School, Bida 1952-1953; Niger Provincial Secondary School, Bida, 1954-1959; Government College (now Barewa College) Zaria, 1960-1961; Institute of Administration, Ahmadu Bello University; Zaria, 1962-1963; School of Oriental and African Studies; University of London, 1963-1965; Gibson and Weldon College of Law, 1964-1965; Nigerian Law School, Lagos, 1965-1966; United Kingdom Course for Commonwealth and Overseas Legal Officers, 1970-1971.

– Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON), 2001;
– Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON), 2008

– Playing Table tennis;
– Reading;
– Sight-seeing

Legal Adviser, Minna Club, 1971-1972

In April 2015, a street in the Federal Capital Territory was named in the honour of Justice Kutigi. The Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi International Conference Centre in Minna, Niger State is also named for him.

c/o Supreme Court of Nigeria,
Three Arms Zone,
P.M.B.-308, Garki, Abuja;

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October 21, 2018
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