Salisu Garba has been confirmed as substantive chief judge of the federal capital territory’s (FCT) high court by the Senate.
On Wednesday, the upper legislative chamber approved Garba’s appointment after the judiciary committee’s chairman, Opeyemi Bamidele, delivered a briefing on the candidate.
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President Muhammadu Buhari had requested confirmation from the Senate earlier in April.
Following the retirement of Ishaq Bello in January, Garba, as the most senior officer in the court, has been serving as FCT CJ.
While presenting his report, Bamidele said the nominee met the requirements required of him and should be confirmed as FCT chief judge.
“This appointment became necessary after the retirement of Ishaq Bello. In compliance with constitutional requirements, the erstwhile chief judge retired in January,” he said
“This appointment was made in accordance with the provisions of Section 256 (1) of the Constitution.
That the nominee’s nomination complies with the 1999 constitution as amended and the Senate standing rules as amended.
“There is no petition filed against the nominee.”
Garba was later approved by voice vote after Senate President Ahmad Lawan put the appointment to a vote.
The FCT chief judge is from Katsina state’s Malumfashi LGA.
He was admitted to the bar in 1984 and finished his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) program in 1985.
In 1989, he was selected as a judge of the FCT High Court.