Gov. Bagudu swears-in acting Chief Judge


L-R: Newly appointed Acting Chief Judge of Kebbi State, Justice Umar Abubakar, and Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State shortly after swearing-in at Government House, Birnin Kebbi

By Muhammad Lawal

Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State has sworn-in Justice Umar Abubakar as Acting Chief Judge of the state.

Shortly after the oath administration on Saturday in Birnin Kebbi, Bagudu charged the appointee to consolidate the successes recorded by his predecessor.

He said “Let me start by congratulating Justice Umar Abubakar for being sworn in today as the Acting Chief Judge of Kebbi State following the retirement with effect from tomorrow of Justice Suleiman Muhammad Ambursa.

“Justice Ambursa had a long and illustrious career but anything that has a beginning shall indeed have an end. He has contributed his best to our state and we thank him well and pray God will continue to guide and protect him.

“We pray the Acting Chief Judge shall continue in the manner Kebbi State Judiciary is known for. I had the opportunity of meeting lawyers who told me that their tour of duty in Kebbi had added value to achieve success elsewhere because in Kebbi State the judiciary is diligent and they ensure that people do their job.

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“As provided for by the Constitution in Section 271(4) (5), today you are sworn in as acting CJ of the state. We believe that access to justice is a key and absolute necessity in ensuring justice,” he said.

The governor noted with satisfaction that the state judiciary was on the march to achieve greatness, adding that the state has two justices of the Supreme Court at one time and two judges in the Court of Appeal.

Newly-appointed Chief Judge Abubakar was born in Birnin Kebbi and began his educational career at Town Primary School, Birnin Kebbi, from 1968 to 1975.

He went to GTC Argungu from 1975 to 1980, proceeded to State College of Art and Science, Sokoto, from 1984 to 1986, and proceeded to Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto, from 1986 to 1990, where he bagged his LLB in both Common and Islamic Laws, and called to the Bar in 1991.

In his quest for knowledge, Abubakar obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Management and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto.


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