Thursday, May 7, 2020
BREAKING: Judge who pronounced annulment of June 12 election is dead
He died at the age of 81.
The PUNCH learnt that the retired justice died on Thursday afternoon in his hometown, Azare, headquarters of Katagum Local Government Area of Bauchi State.
He was buried at the Palace of the Emir of Katagum the same day in accordance with Islamic rites.
His death was announced by one of his grandsons, Armayau Abubakar Liman.
He wrote, “My grandfather, Justice Muhammad Dahiru Saleh, Rtd, former CJ FCT (Matawalken Katagum) has passed on this (Thursday) afternoon. I solicit your prayers for Allah’s mercy on his soul.”
However, the Bauchi State Government has yet to make any official pronouncement over his death.
Saleh was born on August 22, 1939, in Azare and attended Azare Primary School from 1948-1951, then proceeded to the Azare Senior Primary School from 1952-1955.
He then proceeded to Barewa College, Zaria in 1956-1969 after which he went to the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria from 1961-1962 and the Council of Legal Education, London (Middle Temple) in 192-1965.
He began work as Pupil State Counsel Northern Nigeria in 1966. He worked in several places and rose to become the Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja from 1984-2003 where he retired.