Judge Who Granted Tinubu, Atiku, Obi Access To Election Materials Dies

Joseph Shagbaor Ikyegh, a Judge of the Court of Appeal is dead.

Ikyegh, an indecent Benue State died at the age of 65. The cause of his death is yet undisclosed.

The Justice played a pivotal role as the head of the panel that mandated the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to allow the legal teams of President Bola Tinubu, Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and Peter Obi of the Labour Party(LP) to examine the materials used in the February 25, 2023 presidential election.

Mrs Josephine J Ekperobe, a registrar of the Court of Appeal, confirmed his demise to THE WHISTLER.

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Ekperobe said:
A deeply painful loss. May his beloved soul rest in peace. Amen.”

Ikyegh began his legal journey at the Nigerian Law School in Lagos, where he graduated in 1980.

He then served as a judge in the High Court of Benue State, starting from March 27, 1991, until his elevation to the Court of Appeal on July 16, 2010.

His extensive experience in the judiciary equipped him with the knowledge and expertise necessary to handle complex cases with precision.

In 2019, Ikyegh was selected as a member of the 5-man panel entrusted with the responsibility of adjudicating the presidential election petition between Atiku and former President Muhammadu Buhari.

With utmost professionalism, the panel dismissed Atiku’s case, deeming it lacking in merit.

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