Senate confirms Salisu Garba as CJ of FCT High Court

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The Nigerian Senate, Wednesday, confirmed Salisu Garba as substantive Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court.

The red chamber tweeted, “The nomination of Justice Salisu Garba Abdullahi is confirmed as the Chief Judge of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja”.

Before his confirmation, Garba had been acting as FCT CJ after his predecessor, Ishaq Bello, retired in January 2021.

President Muhammadu Buhari had asked the Senate to confirm in a letter sent about three weeks ago.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said Buhari forwarded a letter to the Senate seeking Garba’s confirmation as substantive CJ of the court.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the Senate to confirm Justice Salisu Garba Abdullahi, who has been in an acting capacity, as the substantive chief judge of the high court of the federal capital territory, Abuja,” the statement reads.

“The President made the request pursuant to Section 256 (1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

“In the letter, dated April 1, 2021, President Buhari urged the Senate to do the confirmation, ‘in the usual expeditious manner.”

Garba hails from the Malumfashi Local Government Area of Katsina State.

He was called to the bar in 1984, and he completed his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme in 1985.

Garba was appointed as a Magistrate of the FCT High Court in 1989. In 1997, he became the Chief Registrar of the FCT High Court and was appointed a judge of the FCT High Court in 1998.

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