The new Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Justice Ibrahim Mallam Bukar has been charged by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Mariam Aloma Mukhtar, to work assiduously in restoring the battered image of the FCT High Court.
Mrs. Mukhtar, while swearing-in the new Chief Judge yesterday in Abuja, admonished him to reposition the court and ensure that public confidence in the system is restored.
“Let me also remind you that your appointment is coming at a time when the Nigerian Judiciary particularly the High Court of the FCT is on the heels of various challenges. I am of the firm belief that these challenges are not insurmountable. I, therefore, charge you to make all efforts and leave no stone unturned to reposition the court and ensure that the confidence of the public is restored in the system. The rare quality of leadership by example must constantly be your watch word and you must strive to ensure that you carry out your functions without any dint of taint on your name,” she noted.
Justice Bukar was appointed by President Goodluck Jonathan as the Chief Judge of the FCT on the recommendations of the National Judicial Council, NJC, chaired by Hon. Justice Aloma Mariam Mukhtar.
It would be recalled that the former Chief Justice of the Federal High Court, Abuja, Justice Lawal Hassan Gummi, who recently retired to become Emir of Gummi, in Zamfara State, was queried by the NJC over an annual grant made to the FCT judiciary by the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, during the tenure of Malam Nasir el-Rufai as Minister of the FCT.