By Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The Plateau State governor, Barr Simon B. Lalong, has swor-in Justice Umar Ibrahim Abdullahi as the Acting Grand Kadi of the Sharia Court of Apeal in Plateau along with two Management Committee chairmen of Wase and Mikang local government councils of the State.
The governor reiterated that the swearing-in of the Acting Grand Khadi follows the established sequence of judicial precedence, which is in line with the time tested tradition of succession by seniority on the beach, owing to the official retirement and exit of Justice Adamu Shuaibu Musa Kanam, after putting in mandatory of 35 years in service.
Governor Lalong disclosed this at the swearing-in ceremony of the Acting Grand Khadi and to management committee chairmen in Jos, over the weekend, when he said the vacancies that were created on the account of the former management committee chairmen, who opted out to contest election in the forthcoming local government election that has been proposed.
According to him, “it has become imperative to get replacements, so that the full complement of the two management committee would be established.”
While commending the Acting Grand Khadi, the governor urged him to contribute his quota in moving the Sharia of Court of Appeal to a step forward in the administration of justice in the State.
He noted that, the wealth of experience that Justice Umaru has in Islamic jurisprudence over the years in service will be brought to bear in the administration of justice in the State.
Governor Lalong further urged Justice Umaru to strive to preserve and surpass with the new assignment, especially in this crucial time of the country’s war against corruption and all forms of mal-administrations of public office and do the needful.
He called on the newly appointed Caretaker Committee chairmen to sustain and improve on the administration at the local government level, while warming them that, “this is not a call for primitive accumulation of wealth, but a call for selfless service.”
The governor further cautioned them to strive to exhibit exemplary conduct by being disciplined, transparent, and placing service above all other considerations.
Those sworn-in are, Justice Umar Ibrahim Abdullahi, as Acting Chief Judge of Sharia Court on Apeal; Sir Boniface Gwotbit, management committee chairman Mikang, and Mallam Hassan Garba for Wase local government council.