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Former Kwara Grand Kadi dies at 83

Former Kwara Grand Kadi dies at 83

A former Grand Kadi of Kwara State Sharia Court of Appeal, Justice AbdulMuttalib Ahmad Ambali (retd) is dead.

Reports said he died in the wee hours of Thursday at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Oke-Oyi, after a brief illness.

He died at the age of 83.

The late jurist was the 2nd Grand Kadi after late Justice Abdulkadir Orire. He was also the pioneer Chief Registrar of Kwara State Sharia Court of Appeal.

The Grand Kadi of Kwara State, Justice Abdullateef Kamaldeen, confirmed the incident to Daily Trust while describing the deceased as a God-fearing Muslim scholar and competent jurist who upheld the tenet of Islam in everything he did.

Justice Kamaldeen was quoted to have said, “The fact that he died during Ramadan was significant and we asked Almighty Allah to forgive him and grant him Aljanat Firdous.”

He described the deceased as “gentle, unassuming, religious and a man of policy and principle who doesn’t take anybody for granted.”

“He was always focused. Indeed, Kwara has lost a top scholar and jurist. He was everything to me, my role model and mentor,” Justice Kamaldeen added.

Last days

Speaking on his last moments, Justice Kamaldeen said the deceased’s journey to meet Allah started on Sunday.

“This is just four days illness. He was at a meeting last Sunday at Ansarul Islam being the chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) around 11:00am and left around 3pm.

“We discussed about getting visa for the Arabs in Ilorin whose stay in Nigeria is about to end and how we were going to get another one for them. Our discussion also touched on what we were going to present to them as Ramadan gift and the proposed Kalamdeen University before he left.

“Suddenly when he got home around 5:00pm that Sunday according to his wife, he was rushed to the hospital after complaining of running stomach.

“From Olalomi hospital, we took him to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) and admitted him at the trauma centre.

“I was there four days ago and also yesterday (Wednesday) before I left around 1:30am this morning and first went to drop his wife in GRA only to get home trying to rest when his wife called me and broke the news”, he added.

 

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