Justice Chukwudifu Oputa, a former justice of Nigeria’s Supreme Court and one of the most eminent jurists in the history of his country’s judiciary, has died. He died on Sunday evening at 3.30 p.m. at his Abuja home, shortly after he was discharged from hospital.
Justice Oputa, whose official birthday was listed as September 22, 1924, once told an interview that he was really born in Oguta, Imo State, in 1920, at a time when births were hardly officially registered.Justice Oputa had struggled with failing health for several months, culminating in a stroke he suffered in February 2014.
He is survived by a wife, Mrs. C. Oputa, and several children and grandchildren, among them his son, Charles Oputa (Charly Boy).
The family was yet to decide on funeral arrangements.
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