NIGERIA- A former Appeal court President, Galadima Katsina and Hakimi Malumfashi in Katsina State, retired Justice Mamman Nasir, died Saturday at about 12 noon in Katsina at the age of 90.
Confirming the death to The Nation on Telephone, The Information Officer, Katsina Emirate Council, Alhaji Ibrahim Bindawa, said the burial and funeral prayers was already fixed for 4.30 pm later today with the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumin Kabir Usman expected to attend alongside other prominent Katsina indigenes
He further disclosed that the late Galadima-Kastina died in the afternoon at the Federal Medical Centre, Katsina, after a protracted illness.
The retired Justice who was born in 1929, attended Kaduna College where he obtained the West Africa School Certificate in 1947 and later attended the University of Ibadan where he obtained a certificate in Latin.
He later proceeded to the Council of Legal Education in London for his bachelor’s degree in Law in 1956, and was called to the bar in the same year.
He returned to Nigeria in 1956 and was appointed a Crown Counsel, and in 1961, appointed as Minister of Justice, Northern Nigeria, a position he held for five years before he became the Director of Public Prosecution, Northern Region in 1967, the same year he was appointed Solicitor General, North Central State, and now Kaduna State.
Late Justice Nasir held this position for seven years before he was appointed to the bench of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1975.
In 1978, he was appointed President of the Court of Appeal, a position he held until he retired in 1992 to ascend the throne of Galadima of Katsina and was turbaned on May 9, 1992.
During the General Abacha regime, he was appointed Chairman, Transition To Civil Rule