The retired Grand Qadi of the Sharia Court of Appeal, Niger State, Justice (Dr) Ahmed Lemu has returned to his Creator.
The news of his demise was broken on Facebook in the early hours of Thursday, December 24, by one of his children, Hajiya Maryam Lemu, Muslim News learnt.
Hajia Maryam quoted an official statement signed on behalf of the family by Ustadh Nurudeen Lemu, which is now been circulated across different social media platforms.
The statement reads, Inna lillahi wa inna liayhi raji’un. It is with sadness and reverence to Allah that we announce the passing away of our father, Dr. Justice Sheikh Ahmed Lemu OFR, in the early hours of this morning in Minna.
Inna lillahi wa inna liayhi raji'un.
It is with sadness and reverence to Allah that we announce the passing away of our father, Dr. Justice Sheikh Ahmed Lemu OFR, in the early hours of this morning in Minna. Burial arrangements to be announced later.
For the family
— Nuruddeen Lemu (@NuruddeenLemu) December 24, 2020
“Burial arrangements to be announced later,” it added.
The sad news was coming barely two years after the death of his wife, a British-born Muslim author, Aisha Lemu, who died in January, 2019, aged 79.
Born in 1929, Justice Ahmed Lemu was Grand Qadi of the Sharia Court of Appeal, Minna Division, when it was founded in 1976.
Muslim News findings revealed that the late Dr. Lemu together with his wife made a lot of contributions to Islamic scholarship in Nigeria.
They co-founded the Islamic Education Trust (IET), a charitable organisation based in the city of Minna, Niger State, Nigeria, established to promote the growth of quality education and ensuring that the perspectives of Islam are successfully combined with the modern school curriculum.