The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Abuja, Justice John Tsoho has described late Justice Adamu Abdu-Kafarati as a jurist who contributed greatly to the Justice system by introducing innovations towards speedy and effectual adjudication of cases.
The CJ stated this at a valedictory court session in Abuja, held in honour of the late Justice who died on 25 February 2021.
Justice Tsoho, said late Justice Adamu Abdu-Kafarati, was humility personified, articulate, courageous and stood firm as circumstances demanded.
The CJ also stressed that the late Justice was an asset to the judiciary, whose regulations minimized crisis and controversies in the process of litigation over pre-election matters before the court.
The representative of the Senior Advocates of Nigeria, Chief Chris Uche, used the occasion to condemn the invasion of Justice Mary Odili’s residence, while emphasizing that as the 2023 general election approaches, the judiciary must safe guard its independence.
The President of the Nigeria Bar Association, Olumide Akpata, represented by a senior advocatee of Nigeria, Yakubu Maikyau, expressed regret over the neglect to which the judiciary had been subjected to, and emphasised that it would ensure it is given better welfare packages by government.
Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, represented by Tijani Gazali in a eulogy, said the late Justice, served with passion and patriotism.
The Governor of Gombe State, represented by the Gombe State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Zubair Umar, said, late Justice Abdu-Kafarati was a national figure with great humility.
The late Justice Abdu-Kafarati who was born in 1954, in Kwami, Gombe state, was appointed the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court Abuja on September 16, 2017, and was subsequently confirmed as substantive Chief Judge of the Court on June 19, 2018. An appointment he held until his retirement on July 25, 2019.
By Victoria Abah/Abuja