The Executive Governor of Taraba State, Architect Dickson Darius Ishaku, yesterday, Friday 30th August, 2019 swore-in Honourable Justice Filibus Bitrus Andetur as the 4th Chief Judge of the State.
That was in compliance with section 271 sub-section 1 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, which provides that “The appointment of a person to the office of Chief Judge of a State shall be made by the Governor of the State on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council subject to confirmation of the appointment by the House of Assembly of the State.”.
The event which took place at about 12:30pm at the Exco Hall of the Taraba State Government House had also the presence of the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rite Honourable Abel Peter Diah, members of the State House of Assembly, High Court Judges, Lawyers, friends and well wishers who came to felicitate with My Lord, the Chief Judge.
The Governor amongst other things called on the new Chief Judge to ensure that the Prison in Taraba State is fully decongested as the Prison presently is overstretched with so many in mates awaiting trial.
The Chief Judge, Honourable Justice Andetur pledged to put in his best. For him, the era of unlawful detention is as good as gone.
With the help of the Almighty he promised to take the Judiciary to an enviable height.
The man Justice Andetur hails from Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State.
He was born on the 22nd day of August, 1958 at Bika-Lupwe, Taraba State.
He had his elementary and primary school education at Local Education Authority Primary School, Fikyu.
He subsequently attended Federal Government college, Warri in the then Bendel State from 1973 to 1977.
He is a product of the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and subsequently the Nigerian Law School, Lagos from where he was called to the Bar in 1981.
As a lawyer, Andetur acquired vast experience at the Ministry of Justice.
He was appointed State Counsel Grade II in 1983 upon the successful completion of his National Youth Service Corp Programme.
He successfully occupied every office therein from State Counsel II, State Counsel I, Senior State Counsel, Principal State Counsel, Acting Director of Public Prosecution and in 1993 he became a High Court Judge and today the substantive Chief Judge of the State.