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Court Reinforces COVID-19 Protocols As Federal High Court Judge Dies

High Court Judges

Health precautions have been reinforced at the Federal High Court in Lagos following news of the death of a judge of the court’s Abeokuta Division.

The Nation learnt that Justice Ibrahim Watilat, 58, died of an undisclosed ailment.

He was said to have passed on around 4am on Monday, January 25, 2021, in an Abuja hospital.

Last Tuesday, the judge convicted and sentenced two internet fraudsters to six months and four months imprisonment respectively.

He found the duo guilty of criminal impersonation filed separately against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibadan Zonal Office.

Born on May 12, 1963 in Borno State, the late Watilat was appointed as a Federal High Court judge on December 2, 2015.

Following the news, COVID-19 protocols including social distancing and wearing of nose masks were rigidly enforced by judges, judiciary staff and security officials on the court’s premises and in courtrooms.

Entry into the court premises was also restricted, with parties asked to wait outside until their matters were called.

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