By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
A new acting Chief Judge of Niger State has been appointed. He is Justice Aliyu Muhammad Maiyaki.
The acting governor of state, Ahmed Muhammad Ketso swore in Justice Maiyaki on Friday following the retirement of the state’s Chief Judge, Justice Ahmed Alhaji Bima who is retiring after attaining the mandatory retirement age in service.
Justice Maiyaki is one of the most senior Judges in the state and the mantle thus fell on him.
Meanwhile the outgoing Chief Judge of Niger state, Justice Ahmed Alhaji Bima has called on the Niger state government to continue to support and fund the judiciary in the state.
The former Chief Judge spoke at the valedictory court session held on his behalf at the state High Court.
He commended governor Abubakar Sani Bello for the partial financial autonomy of the the state’s judiciary but pressed for a complete financial autonomy.
He tasked the the state government to ensure that a full financial autonomy is enshrined in the constitution and granted to the juduciary as a necessary precursor for a true, independent judicial arm of government.
He commended the the judiciary staff of the state Ministry of Justice and urged all judges in the state to remain incorruptible, disciplined and steadfast in the discharge of their roles as judges s ombudsmen.