CJ FCT High Court Garba resigns and takes up appointment as administrator NJI

The Chief Judge of Federal Capital Territory High Court, Justice Salisu Garba has resigned his appointment and  takes up the administrator position of  National Judicial Institute (NJI).

Justice Garba  took over on July 31 as the administrator NJI from the Honourable Justice Rosaline Patricia Irorefe Bozimo (Rtd), whose tenure as the Administrator of the Institute came to an end on the 31st July, 2021.

A statement by Ahuraka Yusuf Isah the Senior Special Assistant (on Media) to the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), stated that the appointment was made at a meeting of the National Judicial Institute Board of Governors, under the chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN),Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad on July 15,  2021.

Justice Garba, who was until his new appointment, the Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, then voluntarily retired to enable him resume at the Institute.

Justice Garba 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.

Born on October 10th, 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 1st August, 2021 is for three years, from the date of appointment.