An Upper Shari’ah Court judge in Jigawa State, Safiyanu Dabi, has been sacked for allegedly receiving a bribe of N50,000 Naira from a litigant.
Announcing his sack to journalists in Dutse, the Jigawa State capital, Abbas Wangara, the spokesperson of the Jigawa State Judicial Service Commission, said the judge was retired after an investigation had found him wanting.
“During its 170th Meeting, Jigawa State Judicial Service Commission resolved for Compulsory Retirement of One Upper Shari’a Court Alkali (Judge) for serious official misconduct.
“Following extensive deliberations, the Commission collectively resolved for Compulsory Retirement of Alkali Safiyanu Muhammad Dabi for collecting a bribe of Fifty Thousand Naira (50,000) from a litigant who appeared before him when he was at Upper Shari’a Court, Birnin-Kudu,” Wangara added.
Wangara also noted that “Jigawa State Judicial Service Commission as one of the best Commission across the Country in terms of operating within the ambit of the legal framework, in the meeting, called on its entire staff to put all hands on deck to maintain that tempo in the administration of justice,”
The spokesperson further said that the commission has appointed a new Deputy Chief Registrar II of the Shari’a Court of Appeal, in the person of Aliyu Muhammed, and has Abdulrashid Alhassan as Chief Inspector Shari’a Court of Appeal.
Other appointments by the commission are “Muhammed Lawan who was appointed as Zonal Deputy Chief Inspector, Shari’a Court of Appeal, and Muhammed Adamu as Zonal Deputy Chief Inspector, Shari’a Court of Appeal,” Wangara noted, describing all four appointees as renowned lawyers.