Samuel Chukwudumebi Oseji, a justice of the supreme court, has died.
Oseji, who was sworn in as a justice of the supreme court on November 2, 2020, was said to have died “over the night” on Tuesday at the age of 67.
According to supreme court sources, details of the death are still sketchy.
His death brings the number of justices of the supreme court to 17.
Oseji was born on June 2, 1954, in Jos, Plateau state.
He hails from Aniocha north local government area of Delta state.
He attended Saint Patrick’s College, Asaba, Delta state. He graduated from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1984 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1985.
He also obtained his master’s degree in law from Ambrose Alli University in 2003.
He worked as a magistrate and rose through the ranks to become chief magistrate grade I. He was appointed deputy chief registrar in 1996.
In April 1997, he was confirmed as the first substantive chief registrar of Delta state. In recognition of his honesty, dedication and hard work, he was appointed as a judge of the high court, Delta state in 1998.
Oseji was further elevated as a justice of the court of appeal where he served in Enugu, Lagos and Benin divisions of the court before his elevation to the apex court last year.
Before his nomination to the supreme court, Oseji was appointed as a member of the presidential election petition tribunal in February 2019