Saleh Resumes Office as NJC Secretary

Ahmed Gambo Saleh has assumed office as the Executive Secretary of the National Judicial Council (NJC).
The NJC, the apex body for the nation’s judiciary, is one of the Federal Executive bodies created by virtue of Section 153 of the 1999 Constitution as amended‎ to entrench and preserve independent judiciary; ensure commitment to rule of law and financially autonomous judiciary etc.
Saleh took over from Mr Danladi Haliru on Friday June 30.
Though Saleh’s appointment letter reads with effect from July 1st, however it was learnt on good authority that the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen (GCON), directed Haliru to handover on June 30, since the actual date fell on the weekend.
Meanwhile, Haliru, who was the pioneer Executive Secretary of NJC has proceeded on retirement having attained civil servant’s mandatory retirement age of 60 year.
Similarly, Mrs Hadizatu Uwani Mustapha, whose appointment as the new Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court was approved by Justice Onnoghen on 31st May, 2017, equally took over from Barr Saleh on Friday.
It would be recalled that Saleh on November 24th, 2014 took over as the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court from Mr. Sunday Olorundahunsi who was appointed by the NJC as a Judge of the Ondo State High Court.
Before then, Saleh was a Deputy Chief Registrar in charge of Litigation in the Supreme Court.
Born in Hadejia, Jigawa state in 1969 where he completed both his primary and secondary schools, Saleh was called to Bar in 1996.
He holds both first and second degree in Law from Usman Danfodio University in Sokoto and Bayero University, Kano respectively.
Saleh had worked briefly as a private legal practitioner before joining the service of Jigawa state Ministry of Justice as Senior State Counsel in 1998 where he rose to become Director of Legal Drafting.
In 2008, the new NJC secretary was appointed a Special Assistant to the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi and later became a Deputy Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court in 2010, in charge of Litigation until he rose to become the Chief Registrar of the apex court.
After the successful handing over, the source added that Haliru wished Saleh a peaceful and fruitful period in the administration of the judiciary from National Judicial Council.

Author: News Editor

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