The Adamawa State House of Assembly has confirmed the appointment of Justice Hapsat Abdulrahaman as the first female substantive Chief Judge of the State. Also, the Assembly confirmed two other judicial heads, Ibrahim Wakili Sudi as Grand Khadi of the Sharia Court of Appeal and Audu James Balami as the President of the Customary Court of Appeal.
This confirmation followed the consideration of a letter sent by Governor Ahmadu Fintiri, requesting the Assembly to confirm the trio as recommended by the National Judicial Council (NJC). The letter was read by the Speaker of the House, Aminu Iya Abbas, during Tuesday’s sitting.
Deputy Speaker, Pwamwakeno Mackondo, moved a motion for the confirmation of the nominees as requested after the presentation of the letter. During the consideration, members representing Numan, Verre, Guyuk, and Demsa State constituencies commended Governor Fintiri for forwarding the names of the top judicial officers for confirmation.
The Speaker, who presided over the sitting, directed the Clerk of the House to communicate the resolution of the Assembly to the governor for further action. Recall that Governor Fintiri had earlier sworn in Hapsat Abdulrahaman as acting Chief Judge of the State in September last year.
The confirmation of Justice Hapsat Abdulrahaman as the Chief Judge of the State marks a milestone and a significant achievement for women in the country’s judiciary. It is a testament to the present administration’s commitment to the rule of law and gender equality. The appointment of these judges will enhance the delivery of justice and boost confidence in the judiciary system in the state.
The confirmation of these three judicial officers demonstrates the government’s efforts to ensure that justice is served equitably, transparently, and fairly in Adamawa State. The Assembly’s action will undoubtedly pave the way for a robust judiciary in the state, thereby contributing to the development of the state and the nation at large.