Chief Judge: 11 Sharia courts and four magistrates were closed due to bandit attacks

    Eleven Sharia courts and four magistrate courts in Niger State have had to close due to bandit activity, according to Chief Judge Halima Abdulmalik.

    Speaking on behalf of the 2023–2024 legal year on Wednesday, the Chief Judge said that the purpose of the gathering was to reaffirm the personal resolve of judges to protect the law and to bolster the integrity of the bench to provide justice to a wide range of individuals.

    She remembered the horrific murder of Ibbi Namaru, the registrar of the Sharia Court, by bandits, even though her emotions deceived her.

    According to reports, the registrar was killed the same month that the suspected bandits abducted him from the court’s facilities on April 11, 2023.

    We have had to close four magistrate courts due to state-wide instability, therefore I won’t end without bringing up the subject.

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    Chief Judge Halima Abdulmalik
    Chief Judge Halima Abdulmalik

    Additionally, I am aware that this has led to the closure of eleven Sharia courts. Even worse, on April 11, 2023, armed gunmen abducted Mallam Mohammad Namaru, the Registrar of the Shari’a court in Ibbi, from the court buildings.

    “His kidnappers later killed him. She remarked, “May his gentle soul rest in peace,” while belting out a heartfelt song.

    Abdulmalik urged the government of Niger State to show the family its generosity by providing educational scholarships for the deceased’s young offspring.
    She claimed that this would not only benefit the family but also strengthen the family’s desire to keep giving unwavering service to others, their state, and our nation.

    The Chief Judge claims that the Niger State judiciary has largely been effective in upholding its independence and impartiality. She gave her word that the judiciary would make every effort to fulfill its legal obligations without fear, favor, affection, or malice.

    She clarified that, despite the lack of funding, the Judiciary, under her direction, had made enormous strides toward infrastructural development in the previous year. Radical reforms and extensive renovations of five Magistrate Courts and six offices within the High court complex in Minna were the first steps in this regard.

    According to the Chief Judge, the main goal of observing the legal year was to conduct a thorough evaluation of the tasks completed and accomplishments documented in the previous years, pinpoint the difficulties faced, and create future projections.

    It is common knowledge that the Judiciary, as the third branch of government, is tasked with enforcing the law against all members of society.

    Justice Abdulmalik noted, “Hence the adage that the judiciary is the last hope of the common man.”

    Barrister Nasir Muazu, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice of Niger State, had earlier declared that the judiciary has recently observed the legal community’s adaptation and tenacity in the face of hitherto unseen difficulties.

    He noted that the COVID-19 epidemic in 2020 “pushed us to embrace technology, virtual courtrooms, and remote legal proceedings,” which made the legal community reevaluate how it delivers justice.

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