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Nasarawa Governor Appoints Acting CJ, 3 Others
By Tor Vande-Acka, Lafia
Thursday January 3rd, 2013
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Nasarawa state government has approved the appointment of
JusticebSuleiman Dikko as the Acting Chief Judge (CJ) of the state
pending his approval to work in full capacity by the Nasarawa State
House of Assembly (NSHA).
It also approved the appointment of Mohammed Apah as the new
Permanent Secretary/Solicitor General for the state ministry of
Justice as well as two other High Court Judges, Samuel Ayiwulu and
Hajiya Asmau Yusuf.
Apah replaces Hajiya Yusuf who has been made a high court judge
as Permanent Secretary but before his (Apah’s) appointment he
was the Director, Law Reforms and Statistics at the ministry.
Nasarawa state governor, Umaru Al-Makura who disclosed this while
swearing-in the Acting CJ, Solicitor General and the two high court
judges explained that the appointments were done based on the
recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC).
According to him, the appointment of two new judges of the high
court was done in order to fill existing vacancies and further
enhance the capacity of the judiciary towards the quick
dispensation of justice.
He said, “perhaps, I need to point out that in consonance with the
posture of this administration, government has committed enormous
resources into the development of the judiciary in the state. In this
connection, government has ensured the appointment of the right
calibre of people as judges and provided essential working tools for
the institution in addition to sundry welfare packages” to carry out
Al-Makura promised that government would do new things for the
judiciary in the New Year and coming years among them the
construction of an ultra-modern high court headquarters complex in
Other promises that the judiciary would expect to be fulfilled by
government in subsequent years are the construction and
upgrading of courts across the state; upgrading of Karu high court;
computerization of courts to ensure e-process and digital electronic
recording of proceedings in the courts.
Describing the occasion as part of government’s effort to reposition
the judiciary as an important arm of government, he said the
ceremony was in fulfillment of the relevant constitutional provision
aimed at ensuring sanity and stability in the judiciary as a
fundamental institution of society.
The judiciary he observed is critical in the development process of
the state as “it (judiciary) provides the alloy that strengthens the
relationships among all segments of government. It is for this
reason that this administration has continued to accord priority
attention to this important organ to enable it meet the objectives
and expectations of the citizenry.
Speaking on behalf of the appointees, the Acting CJ, Suleiman
Dikko noted that the burden of administering justice in the state was
He however prayed for “the wisdom of Solomon” in the course of
administering justice in the state.