Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi was Nigeria’s Chief Justice from January 30, 2007, until December 30, 2009. He started out as a lawyer and became the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Niger State before becoming a High Court judge. He was elevated to the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1992 and on January 30, 2007, was appointed Chief Justice of the Federation.
Born in Kutigi, North-Western State (now located in the Lavun Local Government Area of Niger State) in 1939, Kutigi attended Elementary School in Kutigi (1946 – 1951) and Niger Middle School, Bida, between 1952 and 1953 and the Niger Provincial Secondary School, Bida, between 1958 and 1959. He was at Government College (now Barewa College), Zaria between 1960 and 1961.