Gov. El-Rufai swears in 4 High Court judges

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By Hussaina Yakubu

Kaduna – Governor, Nasiru El-Rufai has sworn in four newly appointed High Court Judges in the State.

Performing the swearing in Tuesday, in Kaduna, Gov El-rufai, said that the State has been seeking for the appointment the high court judges in the past three years.

“Though, only four were appointed, but the state requires about 20 judges to compliment the current ones, are overworked.

“Each our High court in the State has a minimum 200 , which is too much for them to handle and therefore, affect the administration Justice.

“To this end, the State needs more judges as we have the capacity to make their work easier with the provision housing and vehicles, among things to make their stay memorable,” the governor said.

He, however said that the only bottleneck is the Judicial Council bureaucracy, which unduly delay judges appointment.

“In my opinion, the NJC should only select judges for the appelate and Federal courts and leave the selection of judges for State high courts to an equivalent Council at the State level, either the State Judicial Service Commission which now appoints Magistrate or the State Judicial Council which select judges.

“I do believe that the appointment of high court judges at the State level should be within the purview of the NJC.

“We are trying to operate a unitary when we have a Federal Executive and Legislature, this needs to be corrected,”he stressed.

NAN reports that the newly sworn in Judges are: Amina Bello, Ambo John, Rabi Oladoja and Andow Edward.