Renowned Nigerian Supreme Court Justice Chima Nweze Passes Away at 64 64
Nigeria Mourns the Passing of Distinguished Justice Chima Nweze
In a devastating development, Justice Chima Nweze, a highly respected and influential figure in the Nigerian judicial system, has been reported to have passed away. The news of his demise was disclosed by an inside source on Sunday, leaving the nation mourning the loss of a legal luminary. At the time of this report, the family is yet to make an official statement regarding the death of Justice Nweze.
Born on September 25, 1958, in Obollo, Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu State, Justice Chima Nweze’s journey in the legal realm has been remarkable, with numerous landmark decisions to his name. He rose to national prominence particularly after delivering a dissenting judgment in 2020, which ruled in favor of Emeka Ihedioha of the People Democratic Party, declaring him the winner of the 2019 Governorship election in Imo State, despite the majority decision of the panel.
Notably, Justice Nweze was also part of the panel of Justices who denied the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Atiku Abubakar’s request to examine the Independent National Electoral Commission’s server during their challenge against President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in the 2019 presidential election.
Furthermore, Justice Nweze’s role in a split verdict that declared then-Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, as the authentic candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for Yobe North Senatorial District during the 25 February general election was met with both acclaim and controversy.
In 2014, the National Judicial Council (NJC) recommended and former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration approved the appointment of Chima Nweze to the Supreme Court, a decision that has proved to be of immense significance for the Nigerian legal landscape.
As news of his passing spreads, tributes and condolences are pouring in from across the country, with many praising his commitment to upholding the principles of justice and his unwavering dedication to the rule of law. Colleagues, legal experts, and political figures are acknowledging the indelible mark he left on the judiciary, shaping the course of several crucial cases that had far-reaching implications for Nigeria’s democratic process.
The loss of Justice Chima Nweze will undoubtedly leave a void in the legal community, and his contributions to the nation’s jurisprudence will be remembered for years to come. As the nation grieves the passing of this legal luminary, the focus now shifts to honoring his legacy and preserving the principles he tirelessly fought for throughout his illustrious career.