The chief judge of Kogi state, Nasir Ajanah, has died of COVID-19 at an isolation centre in Gwagwalada, Abuja.
A member of the family confirmed that he died on Sunday morning.
This comes barely two weeks after an aide to Yahaya Bello, the state governor, also died in an Abuja hospital of COVID-19.
Ibrahim Shaibu Atadoga, the president of the Kogi customary court of appeal had also died one week after of the same disease.
Governor Bello had in a video that went viral described COVID-19 in Nigeria as a hoax. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had announced three cases of COVID-19 in Kogi, but the state government insisted that the state is free of the disease.
It accused the NCDC of falsifying COVID-19 cases in Kogi.
Kogi state commissioner for information, Kingsley Fanwo, however confirmed the passing of the judge in a statement but did not say he died of COVID-19.
He said, ”The Kogi State Government wishes to announce the demise of Hon. Justice Nasir Ajana. Until his death, Nasir Ajana was the Chief Judge of Kogi State. The passing of the legal luminary is a massive blow to the Government and people of Kogi State for his brilliant justice administration throughout his career as a Judge and his tenure as the Chief Judge of Kogi State.
”He will be sorely missed for his tenacity of purpose and outstanding commitment to the sanctity of the temple of justice. He was a collosus in the noble profession of law. The State Government will work with the family of the late Chief Justice to give him a befitting burial. His shoes will be impossible to fill.”