January 31, 2023


Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, on Saturday sworn in Justice Yakubu Dakwak as the Acting Chief Judge of the state following the retirement of the former chief judge, Justice Pius Damulak.

Speaking at the ceremony in Jos, Lalong said Dakwak’s inauguration was in line with the provisions of the law.

The governor said: “Today’s swearing in of my Lord, Justice Yakubu Dakwak, as Acting Chief Judge of Plateau, is in keeping with judicial precedence and the time-tested tradition of succession on the bench by seniority.

“Nature abhors a vacuum and so does the Judiciary. I have therefore considered it imperative to exercise without delay the duty of swearing in an Acting Chief Judge for the state.“Through the administration of the oath of allegiance in keeping with the provision of section 271(2) (3) and particularly sub section (4) of the 1999 Constitution as amended, the process for the confirmation or appointment of the substantive Chief Judge shall follow constitutionally laid down procedure and this shall commence immediately.”

Lalong expressed the hope that the new chief judge would work closely with all stakeholders in the judiciary to fight corruption, maladministration and misappropriation of finds in the country.

He added that a clean judiciary was the altar for sanitisation of any country, punishment for crime, remedy for injuries and the enthronement of respect for the rule of law.


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