Kebbi - The Kebbi State Governor, Saidu Dakingari, on Monday in Birnin Kebbi swore in Justice Bala Mairiga as the new Chief Judge of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mairiga had been in the office on an acting capacity for the past three months following the retirement of his predecessor, Justice Ibrahim Umar.
The governor also swore in Justices Sabi'u Bala and Farouk Bunza as High Court Judges. Performing the ceremony, Dakingari said the swearing-in of Mairiga was in line with the provisions of Section 271(1) of the Constitution.
According to him, it is also on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC) and confirmation by the state House of Assembly.
He said that the appointment of the new chief judge was expanded to allow different shades of opinion and a broad-based decision on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council.
``We can proudly say we have brought democracy at play in most unprecedented and progressive manner.
``The appointment of Justice Mairiga was the first since the state was created and was the most transparent and most robust for any candidate for appointment as chief judge or public servant.
``My administration would uphold the judiciary in high esteem in line with the principles of separation of powers and independence of the judiciary that had kept the fabric of democracy intact,’’ he said.
Dakingari assured that support would be provided to the judiciary ``in areas that require strengthening including improvement of case management system and general functioning of the courts to improve access to justice for all.’’
He said that modalities for the establishment of a Federal High Court in the state had been concluded in consultation with the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court in the first quarter of 2013.