Justice Fati Lami Abubakar has retired as the chief judge of Niger state. The former Nigerian first lady was appointed as the state chief judge in March 2013 by the former governor of the state, Aliyu Babangida. Justice Abubakar is retiring as she has attained the mandatory retirement age of 65 years.
The governor of Niger state, Mr Abubakar Sani Bello, praised the reverred judge for her achievements while in office. He said that she has been a legal luminary of repute, an embodiment of discipline, dedication, commitment to fair-play and quick dispensation of justice in Niger state and indeed Nigeria. He added that her lordship made indelible marks in justice administration and will remain a symbol of justice for the people in Niger state. He said that Abubakar brought tremendous progress to the state judiciary in the three years she served  as a judge. He said that he hoped that whoever emerges as Justice Abubakar’s successor will follow in her footsteps and jealously build upon her legacies.


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