Justice Aromeh Benson Akogu of the Kabba Resident High Court Judge in Kogi state, had joined others to celebrate the New Year eve service in church.

But few minutes before the New Year, death came knocking at his door.

The judge died in Anyigba on December 31, 2017 at about 11:40pm during a cross-over service to 2018. 

According to a reliable source close to the family, Akogu who had vowed not to sleep before the cross-over to 2018, was neither sick nor showed any symptoms of ill health. 

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His wife, Vicky Akogu, who confirmed the death, said the late judge and one-time Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) in the state, was hale and hearty before his sudden death. 

She said that she watched her husband’s death like a movie and could hardly believe herself. 

Commenting on the incident from the Akogu family house in Idah, Chief Registrar of the State High Court, Yahaya Ademu, said the body had been deposited at the Grimmard Hospital Mortuary, Anyigba. 

The late judge, in his late 50s, was until his death, handling the case of attempted assassination of Senator Dino Melaye. 

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