Following the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC) and the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari, Hon. Justice Husseini Baba-Yusuf has been Sworn-in as the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court.
Yusuf was sworn-in on Monday by the Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman of the National Judicial Council, Hon. Dr. Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad at the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
His appointment followed the resignation of Salisu Garba as the Chief Judge of the FCT high Court some days ago.
In a statement issued on August 2, Ahuraka Isah, senior special assistant on media to the chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), said Garba voluntarily resigned to enable him to take up the position of administrator of the National Judicial Institute (NJI).
The 59-year-old incoming acting Chief Judge, Mr Baba-Yusuf, was born in Ankpa Local Government Area of Kogi State on June 1, 1962
He attended LGEA Primary School, Ankpa, from 1966 to 1971, and also attended St Charles College between 1972 to 1976.
He had his A Level education at the School of Basic Studies, Ugbokolo, Benue State, from 1977 to 1980.
He gained admission into the University of Lagos in 1980, and obtained the LLB in 1983.
He proceeded to the Nigerian Law School and was called to the bar 1984.
He thereafter underwent the national youth service organised by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) which he completed ib 1985.
Mr Baba-Yusuf began his legal career by joinning the services of the Kogi State judiciary in 1985 as Magistrate Grade II and rose through the rank, becoming the Chief Registrar of the state High Courti in 1993.
He later joined the services of the FCT Judiciary on transfer of service same year, and was appointed High Court Judge in 1998.
The 59-year-old Baba-Yusuf will be the FCT judiciary’s helmsman till his attainment of the retirement age of 65 in six years’ time.
He currently handles high-profile corruption cases, including the celebrated trial of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, with others accused of diverting funds meant for arms procurement under the ex-President Goodluck Jonathan administration.