Justice Lawal Mani, the Presiding Judge of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NCIN), Kaduna division, has died at the age of sixty-three after a brief illness. The judge was in charge of the court case that challenges Governor El-Rufai over the sack of almost twenty two thousand teachers.
A source very close to the family informed a news outlet that the deceased judge was buried in Kaduna on Sunday according to the rites of Islam. Several notable Nigerians have gone to the home of the deceased in Kaduna to extend their condolences to the bereaved and pay their final respects to a friend, a colleague and a dedicated and loyal servant to Nigeria.
The president of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Justice Babatunde Adeniran Adejumo spoke to the family and a few news correspondents at the house of the late judge in Kaduna. Justice Adejumo described the late judge as a humble, honest and diligent human being and a great legal practitioner. He prayed that almighty Allah grant Justice Mani Aljanna Firdausi and grant his family the fortitude to bear the loss.
The late Judge was born in July, 1955 at Bungudu local government area of Kaduna state. He obtained his LL.B from the Ahmadu Bello University in 1991 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1992 as a Solicitor of the Nigerian Supreme Court. He performed his NYSC primary assignment at the Office of the Kwara State governor, Ilorin in 1977/78. He worked as an administrative officer level II with the University of Sokoto in 1979.
He completed his masters’ degree from Ahmadu Bello University at the turn of the millennium and served as the Director of Administration at the Federal Judicial Service Commission till he was appointed as a judge of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria.