Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state, has approved the appointment of Justice Sa’idu Sifawa as Acting Chief Judge of the state.
A statement issued to newsmen on Tuesday, by Tambuwal’s Director General, Media and Public Affairs Malam Abubakar Shekara, said the appointment is with effect from Dec. 31, 2018.
“Gov. Aminu Tambuwal, has approved the appointment of Justice Saidu Sifawa as Acting Chief Judge of Sokoto State, with effect from December 31, 2018.
“This is pending the appointment and confirmation of a substantive Chief Judge of the State.
“Tambuwal is by the appointment, acting in exercise of the power conferred on him by Section 271(4) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
“The governor congratulates Justice Sifawa on his appointment and wishes him success in his tenure,” the statement said.
The statement said that the appointment was sequel to the retirement of state’s Chief Judge, Justice Bello Abbas and the renunciation by Justice Bello Duwale of his right to be appointed as Acting Chief Judge.
Governor Aminu Tambuwal affirmed that Abass distinguished himself in the administration of Justice.
Justice Abass, who was sworn in as Chief Judge of Sokoto state two years ago, retired after attaining 65 years of age.
Speaking at a special valedictory session in honour of the retiring Justice Abass, Tambuwal described him as an erudite legal luminary.
Tambuwal, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Bashir Garba, described Justice Abass as a hardworking and disciplined legal practitioner.
The state’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Suleiman Usman, also lauded Justice Abass’ contributions to the judiciary.
Also speaking, Barrister Inuwa Abdulkadir said Justice Bello Abass used his vast experience in judiciary to facilitate quick dispensation of justice, In a remark, Justice Abass acknowledged Tambuwal’s support to the judiciary in the state just as he expressed appreciation to all those who contributed to his success.
Justice Abass was sworn- in as Chief Judge of Sokoto in 2016 following the retirement of Justice Aisha Dahiru.