Buni swears in Kashim as new CJ
From Sani Gazas Chinade, Damaturu
Yobe State governor, Alhaji Maimala Buni has sworn-in Justice Kashim Gumna Kaigama as the acting Chief Judge of the State.
This came after his predecessor, Justice Garba Musa Nabaruma died in an Abuja hospital after a brief illness on May 19 this year.
Speaking while performing the ceremony at the WAWA Hall, Government House, Damaturu, the governor briefly read the profile of the new acting Chief Judge.
He explained that the newly sworn-in Acting Chief Judge, Justice Kaigama, obtained his Bachelor of Law degree from University of Maiduguri in 1987 and was appointed Chief Magistrate Grade I in 1995 and later Chief Registrar in Sharia Court of Appeal in 1996.
Until his new appointment, he served as a Judge Damaturu High Court.
He has also served in other capacities at the national level, the most recent of
which are, the chairman, Zamfara State Election Petition Tribunal in 2011 and also the chairman, Kogi State Election Petition Tribunal from December, 2019 to May, 2020.
His appointment as Acting Chief Judge was made in conformity with the powers conferred on me by section 174 subsection (2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
The appointment was based on merit and on the recommendations of the state Judicial Service Commission.
The new Acting Chief Judge is noted for his impartiality, hard work, simplicity, selflessness and fearlessness among other personal traits in the discharge of his duties.
“I am therefore, confident in his ability to discharge his duties effectively in our collective quest for quick dispensation of justice and a harmonious working relationship between the Executive, Legislative and Judicial arms of government in Yobe State,” the governor stated.
He added: “We are all aware and deeply concerned about upsurge in crimes such as rape and kidnapping and other legal challenges in the country at present.
“I am of the opinion that this unfortunate development should receive the urgent attention of the Acting Chief Judge and the entire judiciary as they relate to doing justice, without fear or favour to the culprits and victims of such crimes.
“The fundamental human rights of all citizens regardless of their social status should be equally protected. Nigerians, wherever they live, should
feel free to express themselves without causing infringement on the honour and dignity of any person and be allowed to pursue their legitimate goals in the country.
“In realization of the functions of the judiciary in promoting equity, justice and fair play which are the essential features of a democratic society,” said he.
He assured that the state government would continue to support the Judiciary to effectively discharge its duties for the emergence of a peaceful, just, egalitarian and prosperous society in the state.
“You may all agree with me that the task of leadership and building a society is herculean and therefore, needs prayers from all and sundry.
“In this regard, I would like to enjoin all our people to continue to pray for Allah’s guidance for our leaders in the discharge of their duties and the progress of our dear state.
“In particular, I wish the newly appointed Acting Chief Judge Almighty Allah’s guidance in the discharge of his duties.
“We expect to witness reforms and quick dispensation of justice from the Judiciary during his tenure in office.
“I appeal to us to consider all our positions as a trust that should be handled with commitment, dedication and above all, the fear of Almighty Allah in all our actions.
“All public office holders should uphold code of ethics and conduct themselves in conformity with the oath of allegiance and the oath of office they have sworn to,” the governor noted.