Nigeria: New FCT High Court CJ Becomes NJI's Administrator

3 August 2021

Barely few weeks after he was appointed Chief Judge of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Justice Salisu Garba, has again been appointed the Administrator of the National Judicial Institute (NJI).

Justice Garba took over from Justice Rosaline Bozimo (Rtd), whose tenure as administrator of the institute came to an end July 31, 2021.

A statement by the Media Aide to the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Mr. Ahuraka Isah, yesterday disclosed that Garba's appointment was made by the NJI's Board of Governors, at its meeting held on July 15, 2021. The board is being chaired by the CJN.

"Justice Garba, who was until his new appointment, the Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, has voluntarily retired to enable him resume at the institute," the statement said.

Garba was sworn-in as the FCT Chief Judge on June 7 this year and would have been due to retire by October 10, this year when he would have attained the mandatory retirement age of 65 years.

Born on October 10, 1956, Justice Garba hails from Malumfashi Local Government Area of Katsina State. He was called to bar in 1984 just as he completed his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in 1985.

Justice Garba, who went into legal practice for three years after NYSC programme, was appointed Magistrate in the FCT in 1989, served as the Chief Registrar of the FCT High Court until he was appointed a judge of the FCT High Court in 1998.

It would be recalled that Justice M. A. Ope-Agbe, who was the administrator of the National Judicial Institute from April 2000 to April 2003 was appointed from the High Court Bench, just as the late Justice O. Olatawura and Justice A. O. Obaseki came from the Supreme Court to head the Institute from 1991 to 1995 and from 1995 to March 2000 respectively.

The appointment, which takes effect from August 1, 2021, is for three years, from the date of appointment

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