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JUDICIARY

JIGAWA STATE JUDICIARY

 

The Jigawa State Judiciary came into being on the 27th day of August 1991 on the creation of Jigawa .State from the old Kano State by the military administration of General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida.

At its inception, the Judiciary was faced with awful manpower and infrastructural problems, which were equally evident in the State Capital,Dutse. This was because only four (4) High Court Judges and two (2)Kadis of Jigawa State origin were deployed from old Kano State. The four (4) High Court Judges were each posted to Birnin Kudu, Hadeja and Kazaure, with the pioneer Chief Judge (Hon. Justice Tijjani Abubakar OFR) sitting at Birnin Kudu then as an Acting Chief Judge. These three geographical areas were earlier proposed as Judicial Divisions by the old Kano State Judiciary, but now fell within the Jigawa State. The new Judiciary therefore adopted and maintained these three Judicial Divisions.

The four (4) High Court Judges and the two (2) Kadis of Jigawa State origin deployed from the old Kano State were:

 

1. Hon. Chief Judge Justice Tijjani Abubakar, OFR.

 

2. Hon. JusticeAhrnad Muhammad Nakullum.

 

3. Hon. Justice Abubakar Saba Tahir.

 

4. Hon. Justice Tijj ani Abdullahi (now Justice of'the Court of Appeal).

 

5. Hon. (Retired) Grand Kadi Abdulwahab Tahir.

 

6. Hon. Kadi Muhammad Shehu (now the Grand Kadi of the FCT).

 

As an example of the problem of infrastructure, which also manifested in an alarming proportion in the State Capital, there was only one small

building in Garu, Dutse, used as an Alkali Court. There was no residential accommodation for Judges and Kadis deployed from the old Kano State, not to talk of Magistrates andArea Court Alkalis.

To facilitate the take off of the nascent Judiciary, the Military

Administrator of the State, Colonel Muhammad Olayinka Sule, approved the establishment of temporary Headquarters of the Judiciary at Birnin Kudu, pending the construction of court rooms, offices and residential accommodations for the High Court Judges and Kadis in Dutse, the State Capital. In this vein, the newly constructed High Court building at Birnin Kudu (built by the old Kano State Judiciary and proposed as a Judicial Division) was furnished for commencement of court sessions.

The Shari'a Court of Appeal on its part was allowed to occupy the building being used by the Chief Magistrates' Court Birnin Kudu and the adjacent former office ofKASEPPA. The Chief Magistrate Court was moved to a , new location near the Birnin Kudu Police Station.

Of the four (4) deployed High Court Judges, three remained in Kano for

sometime to minimize the adverse effect of sitting in both Kano and

Jigawa. However, all the Magistrates and Area Court Alkalis deployed

from the old Kano State were posted to take over from those moving over to Kano State. The only five Magistrates Courts then were located at Hadejia, Birnin kudu, Ringim, Gumel and Jahun; while there was only

one Upper Area Court at Hadejia, and about forty other Area Courts spread throughout the State.

The Social Welfare building at Kazaure was allocated by the State government (in 1992) to serve as Court and Chambers for the Judge in the Kazaure Division, while the Hadejia Division was using the' Chief Magistrate Court building.

The pioneer Chief Judge assumed the mantle of leadership of the nascent Judiciary under those 'difficult conditions. The Chief Judge was able to squarely address those problems thereby satisfying the overwhelming aspiration of the people for Justice.

In pursuit of these goals, court rooms and offices were constructed and established. Appointments to various offices, judicial and administrative, were made respecting all categories of staff from higher to lower bench,

Court Registrars, Accountants and all other categories of staff required by a dynamic judiciary.

As at August, 1991 there was no single resident lawyer operating a law office in the State. The Area Court Department was also seriously engulfed by the problem of shortage of manpower. Most of the Area Court Alkalis were indigenes of Kano State, and expressed their desire to go back to their State. This made it necessary for the Judicial Service Commission to promote some serving Court Registrars to take over from the departing lower court judges.

By 1999, most of the available court buildings had become dilapidated and there was insufficient number or lack of residential accommodations for the Judges of the higher and lower bench. There was also inadequate office equipment and furniture. Logistic problems persisted, as most High Court Judges and Kadis had no serviceable cars, talk1ess of Magistrates and Area Courts Alkalis. There were inadequate Library facilities which adversely affected the performance of the Judiciary given the dynamic nature of the legal profession.

For most of the early years, the Prison facilities were acutely, insufficient.

There were only three Prisons in the State located at Hadejia, GUIlle1 and Kazaure. This was coupled with lack of serviceable vehicles for transporting prisoners to and from the courts.

The incessant lack of release of, capital\ funds approved in the budgets was also one of the features of the Judiciary in its early formative years.

The signing into law of the Shari'a Court Law Bi112001 brought some far reaching changes in the system of the Judiciary. The Area Courts

Department (now Shari'a Courts Department) carneunder the supervision of the Shari'a Court of Appeal of the State for the full implementation of the Shari'a Legal System. The unpleasant situation experienced was that most ofthe newly established Shari'a Courts under the Shari'a Courts Law could not take off in time due to lack of infrastructure, working materials and staff.

The Inspectorate Department of the Shari'a Court of Appeal had no single vehicle as at 2005 to perform its statutory functions.

The State Judiciary was later to overcome most of the deep rooted problems under the able hand of the dedicated, committed and hardworking pioneer Chief Judge, whom the State is lucky to have at the helm of affairs of the Judiciary.

MILESTONE ACIDEVEMENTS

There is no gainsaying the fact that a plethora of achievements were recorded by the Jigawa State Judiciary under the able pioneer Chief Judge and Chairman of the Judicial Service Commission in the eighteen (18) years of its existence. The Jigawa State Judiciary, which started from the scratch, has now grown to what it is today. All the hitherto critical problems of manpower and infrastructure characterizing the early years of take-off were gradually but efficiently handled and solved.

For ease of analysis, the achievements recorded will be highlighted under the following headings:-

1. Manpower Development: - The Jigawa State Judiciary started with only four (4) High Court Judges and two (2) Kadis of the Jigawa State

B origin deployed from the old Kano State. At the lower bench, there were only six (6) Resident Magistrates and fourty-eight (48) Area CourtAlkalis.

However in a remarkable upsurge in the annals of man power provision by the Jigawa State Judiciary, three (3) distinguished legal luminaries were elevated and sworn in as Judges of the High Court in January, 1994. They were:-

Hon. Justice Mukhtar Adamu

b. Hon. Justice Umar Maigari

c. Late Hon. Justice Modibbo Abubakar (of blessed

memory). With these new appointments, the number of Judicial

Divisions ofthe Jigawa State High Court were increased to five (5),

the two new Judicial Divisions being Gumel and Ringim.

In the same vein, three (3) eminent scholars were earlier appointed and sworn in as Kadis of the Sharia Court of Appeal inAugust, 1992. They were:-

a. Hon. Kadi Muhammad Tahir (Former Grand Kadi) of blessed memory

b. Hon. Kadi Ahmed Tanimu Roni (Former Grand Kadi)

c. Hon. Kadi Jazuli Nuhu (of blessed memory).

These appointments in the two departments of the Judiciary, namely

the High Court and Sharia Court of Appeal, set the first phase of the

. developmental stride in the higher bench of the Judiciary. The number

of the High Court Judges had thus increased from four to seven; and

that ofKadis from two to five.

In 1996, the number of the Hon. Kadis was reduced to four (4) as a result of the secondment of one of the Kadis (in person of the Hon. Kadi

Judges ofthe High Court namely:-

a. Hon. Justice Ahmed Muhd. Nakullum (Rtd)

b. Hon. Justice Abubakar Sabo Tahir (Rtd.)

The situation was replicated in the Sharia Court of Appeal. This is

because as at 2007, the Sharia Court of Appeal had as many as nine _

Kadis of enviable and scholarly resourcefulness. The impact of the growth in the Judiciary was felt not only within the state and the nation but beyond. The secondment of Hon. Justice Abubakar Sabo Tahir to the Gambian Judiciary in 2001 as the Gambian Chief Judge attested to this.

With the retirement of pioneer Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Tijjani

Abubakar OFR, in December, 2009, and the retirement of two other

There are at present six Judges currently serving in the state Judiciary. They are:-

a. Hon. Justice Mukhtar Adamu - New Chief Judge -Headquarters

b. Hon. Justice Umar Maigari Kazaure Division

c. Hon. JusticeAminu Sabo Ringim - Gumel Division

d. Hon. Justice Ahmed Isa Gumel - Ringim Division

e. Hon. Justice Umar Maigari Sadiq - BlKudu Division

f. Hon. Justice UbaleAhmed Taura - HadejiaDivision.

There are, however, nine serving Kadis of the Sharia Court of Appeal, including the Hon. Grand kadi, all based in Dutse.

They are:-

a. Hon. Kadi Munir Mustapha Grandi Kadi

b. Hon. Kadi Muhammad InuwaAli

c. Hon. Kadi Bashir Ahmed Birninkudu

d. Hon. Kadi SulaimanAbdullahi

e. Hon. Kadi MurtalaAhmad

f. Hon. Kadi Umar Muhd. Dutse

g. Hon. KadiBashir Idris Hussain

h. Hon. Kadi Isa Jibrin Gantsa .

i. Hon. Kadi Umar Muhd. Ahmad

On the management cycle, the High Court of justice has so far witnessed five (5) Chief Registrars, namely: -

1. Hon. Justice ModibboAbubakar(ofblessedmemory) 1991-1995

2. Hon. JusticeAli BabandiAbubakar Gumel (now eminent Justice of the Court of Appeal) 1995 - 1996.

3. Hon. JusticeAminu Sabo Ringim (now ~ Judge of the High Court) 1996-2000.

A. Hon. Justice Ubale Ahmed Taura (now a Judge ofthe High Court)

2000-2007.

5. Alh. Abdulhadi Y. Suleiman, 2007 to date.

The Sharia Court of Appeal has the following Chief Registrars: -

1. Alh. UmarShehu(of blessed memory) 1991-1995

2. Hon. Grand Kadi Munir Mustapha (now Grand Kadi) 1996 - 1997.

3. Alh. Haruna Hashim Gumel1997 to date.

On the lower bench, the number of Magistrates had grown from six (6) to seventeen (17) serving Magistrates. They are:-

1. A'ishaAhmed Babura        C.M.C. Dutse I

2. Saidu safiyanu Umar        C.M.C. Hadejia

3. MustaphaDatti Sa'ad-       C.M.C. Kiyawa

4. Auwalu Sani Balago         C.M.C. Jahun

5. Tijjani GarbaRingim         C.M.C. Gwaram

6. Amina Dahiru-                  C.M.C. Kazaure

7. Nuraddeen Umar Shehu-           C.M.C. Gumel

8. Muhammad Musa Kaugama      C.M.C. Taura

9. Batula Dauda                              C.M.C. Babura

10. Sa'adan Muhammed Habeeb- C.M.C. KlHausa

11.Usman Muhammad Lamin-      C.M.C. Maigatari

12.Akil Ismail Jahun                      C.M.C. B/kudu

13.NuhuDawakiAminu                  C.M.C. K/kasamma

14.Abdullahi Ibrahim Aliyu          C.M.C.Roni

15.Mustapha Tijjani-                      C.M.C. Dutse 2

16:BashirAdamu                             C.M.C. Dutse 2

This is besides other most senior Magistrates who form part of the

Administrative staff of the High Court headed by the Chief Registrar

(Alh.Abdulhadi Yelwa Suleiman). Theyare:-

1. Ahmed Muhammed Abubakar           DCR, High Court

2. Ado YusifBlKudu                                DIL, High Court

3. MusaAhmed                                         D/Works, High Court

4. Musa Ubale                                           DPM juvenile Magistrate

5. Isa Sa'idu Miga                                     DPRS &Library.

The number of Sharia Court Judges has also doubled within the  18 years from inception.

There are presently over seventy (70) various grades of the Sharia

Court Judges serving in various Courts throughout the state, as

follows: -

l. Jazuli Rabi'u-                      U.S. Alkali Babura Upper ShariaCourt

2. Ibrahim Y.Harbo -                      " " Blkudu " " "

3. YusufMagaji Roni                      " " Dutse " " -

4. Safiyani Muhd. Idris -                " " Garki " "

5. Abbas S.Abubakar -                   " " GUIDel " " "

6. BalaAli                                        " " GRM " "

7. Haruna Muhd. Abba                  " " Hadejia " "

8. Saidu DaudaHaruna                   " JHN USC

9. Garba Ibrahim                             " KHS USC

10 Hassan Sani Shatsari                 " KZR USC

11 O/S                                              " BNW USC

12 ImamMuhd.Kila                        " RNG USC

13 SafiyanuMuhd. Dabi H.           S.Alkali BBR HSC

14 Hudu Hassan                              " BKD HSC Q)

15 IbrahimA. Ya'u.                         " DUT HSC

16 Mus a Muhd.                             " GRK HSC "'  

17 Umar NAhmad                          " GML HSC

18 Sani HamisuAbbdullahi           “ GRM HSC

19 NuhuAbdullahi                          " HDJ HSC u

20 Muntaka Usman     " JHN HSC.

21 AbdulrashidAlhassan                " KZR HSC "

22 Aliyu Jibrin                                " MMR HSC

23 Talle Idris Bello                         " KYW HSC

24 Safiyanu Ya'uKiri                     “ KHS HSC

25 Auwalu Da azumi                      " MGR HSC

26 NuhuAdamu Umar                    " RNG HSC

27 Ismaila Sani .                             " RRN HSC

28Aminu MusaAbubakar              " On course

29 SalisuAbdullahi UmarS.A.       “ Amaryawa SC

30 Sulaimanlmam Taura                " Aujara SC

31 Abdulkadir Vsman                    " Auyo SC

32 Bashir Abdullahi Fiji                " Fagam SC

33 Idirs Musa Fagam                      " Bulangu SC

34 MuhmudDahiru                         " BNW SC

35 AbduAbubakar                          " Gantsa SC

36 NasiruA. Zargina                       " ChaiChai SC

37 SalisuAdo                                  " Dabi SC

38 SaniHabuGumel                        " Danzomo SC

39 Ya'uSule                                     " DuT SC

40 Muhd. D. Saleh                         " GGW SC

41 Dahiru Imam Taura                   " Aujara SC

42 Kabiru Muhd.                            " Garu SC

43 IbrahimDahiruMusari               " G/Gabas SC

44 IsaMuhd.Isa                               " Guri 'SC

45 KabiruMusaGwaram                 " Hqrs

46 Muhd. Shehu Vsman                 " Kanya SC

47 Bashir Badamasi                        " GWW SC

48 Usman Usman Zubair               " HDJ SC

49 AliHarunaRoni                          " YKS SC

50 .SulaimanAlwasidi                    " KGM SC

51 Dahiru Sa'idu Musatapha         " Kiri SC

52 AliyuAbdullahi                         " KKM SC

53 Adamu YahayaAbubakar         " Kila SC

54Mudassiru Muhd. Hassan          " MMR SC

55Abubakar Usman Taura             " MGA SC

56 Muhd. Imam Ibrahim                "sakwaya SC

57Bashir Idris                            " STK SC

58 KabiruAbubakar Gumel           " TAR SC

60 SalisuAdamu                             " Yalo SC

61 Alhasan Muhd. Gumel              " Y/Damai SC

62 Mukhtar Shu aibuAdamu         on course

63 Adamu lmam                                       " ""  

64 YahayaIbrahim                                    " ""  

65 Umaru Malam                                      " ""  

66AdoMuhammadBKD                          " ""

67Adamulsyaku FlDutse                         " ""

68 SammaniAbubakar                             " ""

69Abubakar M. Bashir                             " ""

70 Jibrin Mhd. Mustapha                        " ""

71 Inuwa Sa'idu Dabo                             " ""

72 MusaIbrahimMusa                              " ""

The rapid growth of the Jigawa State Judiciary and its stunning achievements in the 18 years of its existence can vividly be seen from the graphic personnel position indicated above. This sweeping success in the area of manpower would not have been possible without the hard work, dedication and foresight of the pioneer chief Judge (Hon. Justice Tijjani Abubakar Rtd).

INFRASTRACTURALDEVELOPMENT

It was seen in chapter two that by 1991 when the judiciary came into being, there was only a small building in the state capital located at Garu, Dutse which was used as an Alkali Court. The situation was the same in all other parts of the state. The temporary Headquarters of the state judiciary at Birnin Kudu was built by the old Kano State judiciary as a proposed Division of the old Kano State High Court. Court rooms and offices were put up in temporary locations in most parts of the state, mostly in buildings owned by Local Government Councils.

The critical infrastructural problems bedeviling the state judiciary at its inception called for urgent solutions considering its great proportion. . .

As grave as the situation was, the patience, hard work and dedication of the pioneer Chief Judge contributed in no small measure in tackling these problems.

The pioneer Chief Judge had to use the resources at his disposal to forge ahead. He used the available court buildings most of which were either borrowed or rented, to carry on with the building of the Judiciary. In most cases, the temporary locations were only managed for a while, as some were not suitable for adjudicatory purposes. Most courts especially lower courts were placed in unsuitable or dilapidated structures.

But 1993, witnessed the opening of magistrate courts in Dutse and

Kafin Hausa, all in temporary sites. Magistrate courts Gwaram and

Babura equally followed but also in temporary locations. Upper Area Courts Dutse, Ringim and Kafin Hausa as well as Area Courts Gwiwa,

Kaugama and Taura were all established in temporary locations.

To allay the unpleasant situation in a drastic manner, contracts were awarded for the constructions of 2 magistrates at Gumel and Jahun as these two courts were then located in Local Government buildings. The construction of these two courts was completed in 1993.

The Judicial Service Commission was established in 1992 and had its office within the temporary Headquarters of the Judiciary at Birnin Kudu.

The majestic phase of sweeping transformation of the state judiciary was first witnessed in 1993 by the completion of the state High Court Complex at Dutse. The Headquarters of the judiciary therefore moved to this permanent location. The construction of the new complex was funded by the Federal Government under the Military Administration.

The Sharia Court of Appeal, on moving to Dutse, was re -located at the office block known as the Advisers Office. The new High Court complex in Dutse accommodates two Chambers and courts for the two most Senior High Court Judges. The complex also houses the office of the Chief Registrar, High Court in addition to the following departments:

1. Deputy Chief Registrar's office.

2. Litigation Department.

3. Finance Department

4. Personnel Department .

5. Research, Planning, Statistics & Library Department.

6. Works Department

This positive trend was also witnessed in all sectors of the judiciary throughout the state. This was evident in the construction of High

Court Complexes at Hadejia and Kazaure, and High Court Judge's

Residences at Hadejia and Birnin Kudu; construction of CMC

Kafin Hausa, and Gwaram; Area Courts of Chamo, Sakwaya and

Dabi were completed around this period. Similarly, Chamber

Libraries were established in all the five (5) Divisions of the High

Court.

 

The newly built Judicial Service Commission office block was also constructed and commissioned recently in the year 2009 within the High Court Complex.

The membership of the Judicial Service Commission consists of the following:

a. Chief Judge

b. Attorney General and Comm. for Justice

c. Grand Kadi

d. A Legal Practitioner qualified to practice in Nigeria, of not less than ten years post call

e. One person, not being a Legal Practitioner, who in the opinion of the Governor is of unquestionable integrity.

By the import of the law establishing the commission, the membership of the commission is not limited to the list aforementioned.

The current members’ of the commission are:

1) Hon. Justice Mukhtar Adamu (New Chief Judge) - Chairman

2) Hon. Grand Kadi Munir Mustapha - Member

3) Hon. Comm. for Justice,Alh. Tijjani Inuwa Dutse - Member

4) Barrister Bala Ahmed Gwaram - Member

5) Barrister AbubakarYusufGumel - Member

6) Alh. Adamu Ibrahim Roni - Member

7) Alh. Tsoho Madaki Doko - Member

The first three members in the list are the ex-officio members and the rest are the non ex-officio members.

The JSC Secretariat is headed by the Chairman JSC. The most senior administrative staff ofthe JSC are:

1)Alh.Abubakar Sambo Muhammed- Secretary

2) Malam Yahaya Kaigama Guri Deputy Secretary

3) Malam Umar Ahmed Kazaure - Chief Accountant

JUSTICE SECTOR REFORM COMMISSION (J.S.R.C):

The origin of this commission started from the introduction of the Access to Justice Programme, being a programme initiated and funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), and implemented by the British Council. The programme focused on improving the quality of governance of the less privileged members of the, society and the protection of human rights. It was also meant to facilitate access to justice for the poor. The programme was first introduced in four (4) pilot states including Jigawa State. (The other three being, Benue, Ekiti and Enugu.)

The implementation of this programme in the State was one of the milestone achievements recorded by the Judiciary under the leadership of the Hon. Chief Judge, Justice Tijjani Abubakar (Rtd). The importance of the programme to the state cannot be over emphasized taking into account the fact that the population of the state was predominantly peasant farmers.

Some paper presentations and discussions made by a group of consultants on issues relating to access to justice crystallized into a consultative forum of all stakeholders in the administration of justice and eventually culminated in the establishment of Justice Sector Reform Committee in the State with the approval of the Governor.

The membership of the Committee consisted of:

1. Chief Judge Chairman

2. Grand Kadi Member

3. D.P.P Member

4. Representatives from all other stakeholders namely: Police, Prison, Bar Association, Ministry for Women Affairs, Legal Aid Council, House of Assembly and Traditional Institutions.

The Committee metamorphosed into a full-fledged Commission known as the Justice Sector Reform Commission established by a State law. Its main concern was the development of the Justice Sectors at the grassroots level.

JUDICIARY PUBLIC COMPLAINT COMMITTEE (J.P.C.C.)

The committee was set up by the JSC to investigate petitions and make recommendations on complaints of corruption and abuse of office by lower court judges.

Over the years, a lot of success was recorded by the committee'.

Judges and Magistrates in the lower courts were put now on their toes. The Committee on investigating a complaint would make its findings and send reports and recommendations to the JSC for implementation. The JSC then dished out various disciplinary actions against erring officers as may be appropriate to each case.

The Committee has so far performed creditably well in the discharge of its duties without interference. The credit for the establishment of the Committee which was out to sanitize the administration of justice goes to the former Chief Judge, Justice Tijjani Abubakar, OFR.

Staff Welfare:

The pioneer Chief Judge was instrumental to the recent approval of the new salary packages for the judiciary staff by the government of

Alhaji Sule Lamido.

This is however just the beginning. In the recent past there was agitation for power of self- accounting by all state judiciaries.

Training:

The pioneer chief Judge was in full support for training of all categories of the Judiciary staff of both higher and lower bench. In his time the Jigawa State Judiciary participated in all the National Judicial Institute Programmes.

Relationship with the other Arms of Government:

The relationship of the judiciary with the Executive and

Legislature has always been very cordial and harmonious. The Executive has always discharged its obligations towards the Judiciary. All the capital and recurrent budgets of the Judiciary are released by the Executive to the Judiciary leaving out no single kobo. This conducive atmosphere made it possible for the judiciary to execute all its capital projects planned for the year 2009.

Some of the capital projects executed between 2008 and 2009 are:

1) Construction of Chief Magistrate Court 1,Dutse

2) Construction of Chief Magistrate Court, Hadejia

3) Construction of Chief Magistrate Court, Babura

4) Construction of Chief Magistrate Court, Kiyawa

5) Construction of Chief Magistrate Court, Maigatari

Projects under construction are:

1) Chief Magistrate Court, Kirikasamma

2) Residence ofHon. High Court Judge, Hadejia

3)· Residence of High Court Judge, Kazaure

4) Residence of Chief Magistrate at Gwaram

Similarly, the following projects were executed by the Sharia Court of Appeal:

1) Upper Sharia Court, Dutse

2) ShariaCourt, Gwaram

3) Sharia Court, Basirka

4) Sharia Court, Kirikasamma

5)· Sharia Court, Kaugama

6) Sharia Court, Sule Tankarkar

In addition to this, the judiciary has never had a cause to complain of any interference in its constitutional duty of dispensation of justice by the Executive or Legislative arms of government.

 

ABOUT THE CHIEF JUDGE 

 

NAME - HON JUSTICE MUKTAR ADAMU

 

DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH - is" November 1949, Kazaure

 

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA - Kazaure

 

RELIGION -Islam

 

MARITAL STATUS - One Wife with Nine Children

 

 EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION WITH DATES

 

1. Junior Primary School, Kazaure - 1957 - 1960

 

2. Senior Primary School, Kazaure - 1961 - 1963

 

3 Government Sec. School (Now Rumfa College) Kano (WASC. Certificate)

                                                                                                 - 1964 - 1968

 

4. The Leather Institute Zaria - 1969 - 1971

 

5. Institute of Administration A.B.U Zaria –(Diploma in Law) – 1972 – 1974

 

6. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (LL.B Hons.  Degree) – 1975/76 – 1977/78

 

7. Nigerian Law School, Lagos (Barrister at Law) – 1978 – 1979

 

8. Call to the Bar certificate No. 003859. (Call to the Bar No. 5144)

                                                                   – November 1979

 

9. N.Y.S.C – Legal Aid Benue State – 1979 – 1980

 

WORKING EXPERIENCE

* Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Kana            1969 - 1974

* Transferred to Hiqh Court of Justice, Kana as Assistant Registrar -       Nov. 1974

* Transferred to Ministry of Justice, Kana as State Counsel      1978

* Company Secretary/Legal Adviser - Dantata Group of Companies -      1980 - 83

* Private Legal Practice                                                              1984

* Company Secretary/Legal Adviser - Triumph Publishing Co. -     Oct.1984 -Feb1987

* Deployed to Ministry of Justice Kana as Senior State Counsel I   1987

Deputy Director Public Prosecution, DDPP (MOJ Kana)        1988

* Director Personal Management                                                1- 11 - 1988

* Deployed as Director Civil Litigation Jigawa State                 1991

* Appointed Judge of the High Court Jigawa State                    15-12-1994

* Sworn in as Judge High Court Jigawa State                        15-1-1995 to date

 

OTHER EXPERIENCE:

 

Kano State Scholarship Board -Member representing Ministry of Justice

 

Management By Objective (MBO) Advisers Course - 1989

 

Induction Course for Newly Appointed Judges – 1997

 

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) – march, 2003

 

Chairman Local Govt. Election Appeal Tribunal – February 2008

 

Sit-in-Chief Judge - Jigawa State – 21st April – May 29th 2009

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