A former Supreme Court Judge, Justice Saifullahi Muntaqa Coommassie is dead.
He died at the age of 71 on Thursday after a brief illness in Zaria, Kaduna State.
Son of the deceased, Alhaji Yusuf Saifullahi, announced the dath of the former judge.
Coommassie was born on February 10, 1946 and attended different schools after his initial mandatory Qur’anic school in his home town and other places.
Coommassie was initially trained as a teacher and taught Arabic and English in Zaria and Kaduna.
He retired from the teaching profession as the Principal of Provincial Arabic School in Fada, Zaria after after ten years.
He later obtained his Law degree (LL.B) in 1976 from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) and was called to the bar after attending the Nigerian Law School, Lagos in 1977.
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He was a State Counsel for the Ministry of Justice in Kwara State from 1977 to 1978 and Kaduna State in 1978.
Between 1978 and 1988, he was with the High Court, Kaduna, in various capacities including Associate Magistrate, Senior Magistrate, Chief Magistrate, Deputy Chief Registrar and as the Chief Registrar.
Prior to joining the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2008, he was a Judge at the Court of Appeal and served in Port Harcourt, Jos, Abuja, Ilorin and Benin divisions.