Niger Judicial Service Commission begins screening of new magistrates


By Obinna Unaeze
Minna, Oct. 6, 2020 The Niger State Judicial Service Commission (NSJSC), on Tuesday, said it had started screening of new magistrates to fill the existing vacancies in the magistrates’ courts across the state.
The Chief Registrar of the state High Court, Alhaji Jibrin Zabo, made the disclosure while briefing newsmen in Minna.
“The screening of qualified people to occupy the magisterial positions in the state has already commenced.
“It is the intention of the judiciary to take administration of justice closer to the people. This has necessitated the opening of new magistrates’ courts and the plan to engage new magistrates,” he said.
Zabo also said that arrangements had commenced to appoint a substantive Secretary for the state Judicial Service Commission which had become vacant.
The chief registrar, who said that in line with the existing protocol, the position had been zoned, however, added that the appointee would not be picked from the zone where the Chief Judge of the state came from.
He said that the NSJSC, which had the power to appoint its secretary and magistrates, would soon come up with the modalities for the exercise.
Zabo said that the incumbent Chief Judge, Justice Aliyu Maiyaki, would soon be retiring from service, adding that a valedictory session would be organised in his honour by the state High Court.
He commended the outgoing chief judge for the reforms he had carried out in the state judiciary.
“He is leaving indelible footprints in the sand of time. We will miss him,” Zabo remarked.