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Coronavirus claims Judge who pronounced June 12 annulment

The judge who pronounced the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election Justice Dahiru Saleh, has dead.

A family source disclosed this to journalists, saying  Saleh was buried at the palace of the emir of Azare around 4:30pm.

The  source said the Judge  died in Azare, Bauchi State, of  suspected Coronavirus complications.

Until his death, he held the title of “Mutawalle” of Katagum emirate in Bauchi. He was the chief judge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court.

June 12, 1993 election was adjudged as one of the most credible in the history of the country.

MKO Abiola, the Social Democratic Party candidate, was leading Bashir Tofa, his National Republican Convention rival, by a wide margin but the exercise was cancelled ahead of the final announcement of results.

This threw the country into months of chaos as protesters hit the streets, calling on Ibrahim Babangida, then the military president, to step down.

Babaginda had eventually stepped aside, while Ernest Shonekan took over as interim president but Sani Abacha, the late military dictator, overthrew Shonekan less than three months later.

Abiola was later arrested by the regime of Abacha and he died in detention.

Born on August 22, 1939, he attended Azare Primary School between 1948 and 1951; Azare Senior Primary School between 1952 and 1955; and Barewa College, Zaria from 1956 to 1960.

He then proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and later Council of Legal Education London.

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