According to a statement by the National Judicial Council Director of Information, Soji Oye, the President gave Justice Garba the appointment following the retirement of Hon. Justice Ishaq Bello on Tuesday.
“Following the retirement of Hon. Justice Ishaq Bello today, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR has approved the appointment of Hon Justice Salisu Garba as Acting Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory,” the statement partly reads.
Justice Garba will be sworn-in on Wednesday by The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Dr Justice I.T. Muhammad, CFR. by 2.00 pm at the Supreme Court, Abuja.
The acting Chief Judge hails from Malumfashi Local Government Area of Katsina State. He was called to Bar in 1984 and completed his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) the following year.
Garba was in active law practice between 1985 and 1989, then was appointed as a magistrate in the FCT High Court, Abuja in 1989.
He became the Chief Registrar of FCT High Court, Abuja in 1997. He was appointed as a Judge in the FCT High Court in 1998.
This is coming 5 months after Buhari approved the appointment of four Supreme Court Judges from Northern Nigeria, including Justice Mohammed Lawal Garba who upheld his second term election.