The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on Tuesday, lost one of its judges, Justice Jude Okeke.
It was gathered that Justice Okeke, aged 64, died at the National Hospital in Abuja.
Court officials, who preferred to remain anonymous because they had no authorisation to speak on the death, said the deceased had complained of chest pain some days ago after which his condition deteriorated.
Justice Okeke, until his demise occupied the ninth position in the hierarchy of the FCT High Court judges.
On February 28, 2018, the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal affirmed the dismissal of a corruption case instituted against a retired judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Adeniyi Ademola, along with his wife, Olubolade, and a SAN, Joe Agi, a case which was handled by Justice Okeke and instituted by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami.
Justice Okeke, in a ruling on April 5, 2017, upheld the defendants’ no-case submissions and dismissed the charges.
The spokesperson for the National Hospital, Dr Tayo Haastrup, confirmed the death of Justice Jude Okeke.
His death reduces the number of FCT High Court judges from 34 to 33.