The National Judicial Institute (NJI) has announced the appointment of the Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Justice Salisu Garba as the Administrator of the institute. According to reports, Justice Garba voluntarily retired in order for him to take over as the Administrator of NJI.
Media aide to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mr. Ahuraka Isah disclosed this in a statement on Monday.
The statement read in part: “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.
“He was sworn-in as the FCT Chief Judge on June 7 this year and would have been due to retire by October 10th this year when he would have attained the mandatory retirement age of 65 years.”
Justice Garba, from Katsina State would replace Justice Rosaline Patricia Bozimo, whose tenure expired on July 31st, 2021.
The statement further read, “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 1st August, 2021 is for three years, from the date of appointment.”