Enugu State Governor, Dr Peter Mbah, has expressed shock and sadness over the sudden demise of renowned Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Justice Chima Centus Nweze who passed away on Sunday.
Governor Mbah, in a statement personally signed by him, said he was deeply pained by the loss of the appellate court justice, saying the people of Enugu State and Nigeria in general would miss his wealth of knowledge and immeasurable contributions to the development of the country’s justice system.
Describing the late Justice as an epitome of humility, dedication, commitment, integrity and selflessness in the discharge of his duties, the governor condoled with his family and members of the legal profession over the irreparable loss.
The statement reads in parts:
“I received with utter shock and sadness the news of the passing away of one of the Nigeria’s most celebrated, globally-renowned, and first-class Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Chima Centus Nweze.
“I am deeply pained by this colossal loss not only to the government and people of Enugu State and Nigeria, but also to humanity.
“His Lordship was, indeed, an epitome of humility, dedication, commitment, and selflessness in his pursuit of unbiased justice for humankind. Testimonies abound from the bar and bench affirming his well-earned reputation for judicial decisions guided by knowledge, integrity and truthfulness. He was a justice of peace, equity and love.
“I want to join his family, members of the noble and prestigious profession, learned jurists of the judiciary, and distinguished minds from all walks of life to mourn this great pride of Enugu State, even as the government and good people of our beloved state salute the unexampled leadership skills, sense of justice and legacies that His Lordship, Justice Nweze, left behind for the practitioners in the legal profession.
“Words alone cannot describe his place in our hearts. We will continue to miss His Lordship.
“Our thoughts and prayers are always with his family.”