Nigeria’s Federal Capital Minister Eulogizes Retiring Justice

FCT Minister, Muhammad Musa Bello

By Peter Usman

Abuja (Nigeria) – The Minister of Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, Muhammad Musa Bello has eulogised the outgoing President of the FCT Customary Court of Appeal, Justice Moses Bello, for the way he piloted the affairs of the apex customary court during his 26 years at the helm.

The Minister made the commendation  in a tribute to Justice Moses Bello at a  valedictory session held in his honour in Abuja, the nation’s capital

The Minister who was represented by the FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr. Chinyeaka Ohaa, stated, “in the 26 years of your presidency of this court you left indelible footprints in the judicial sands of time. Like a guiding light, all customary law practitioners would ever look at your wise judicial pronouncements as beacons as they navigate the waters of customary law and jurisprudence.”

FCT Customary Court of Appeal, the Minister noted, was established as a Superior Court of Record pursuant to Decree No. 30 of 1991 and enshrined in Section 265, Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended. 

According to Musa Bello, the Court was charged with the mandate to exercise appellate and supervisory jurisdiction over issues of Customary law and Chieftaincy matters which were discharged  creditably.

 The retiring Justice, he added, contributed greatly towards making the FCT Administration’s legal institution to be what it is today.

 The Minister recalled that  Justice Bello, was a staff of the FCT Administration from  1981 – 85 and that during the period, the retiring  Justice  was  a legal officer and  also acted as Head of Department of Legal Services

The Minister pledged to extend the same hand of fellowship and good working relations that existed between FCTA and the outgoing president to the next leadership of the Court.

In his remarks, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Malam Abubakar Malami described the celebrant as a man who has impacted the country in a profound manner.

 He therefore, called on lawyers, judges and justices to use the occasion to reflect on the life and wide range of experience of the retiring justice to the country’s jurisprudence.

He said: “This is a worthy celebrant. The celebrant has touched the country in a profound manner. His biography is that of hard work, team work and dedication”.

Responding, the retiring Justice, disclosed that one of his greatest achievements was the passage into law by the National Assembly of the Customary Court of Appeal of the FCT, jurisdiction on Chieftaincy matters which gave the FCT Customary Court of Appeal sole jurisdiction to hear and determine chieftaincy matters in the Territory.

 Justice Bello explained that during his tenure as the helmsman of the Customary Court of Appeal, he contributed his best to the growth and development of the Court and also ensured that people at the grassroots in the FCT got required services.

His words: “In the years I have served as President of the Customary Court of Appeal, I make bold to say I contributed my modest efforts towards the growth and development of the Court and ultimately in bringing the services of the Court closer to those who needed it the most, the rural dwellers of the FCT.”

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