Niger chief registrar disowns report on new magistrates

The Chief Registrar of the Niger state High Court, Alhaji Jibrin  Zabbo, has debunked media  reports credited to him to the effect that the state judiciary has commenced the process to appoint new magistrates.

Zabbo in a statement issued in Minna Thursday said the report  that  he held  a press briefing was not true adding that he didn’t speak on that subject matter or any other since he assumed office, 

He said: “And there is a known procedure to be followed. Even if there is such process in the offing, it is the state Judicial Service Commission (JSC) that is competent to issue notice of the process and not the office of the chief registrar,” he said.

The media had quoted the chief registrar as saying that the state JSC has commenced the process of appointing new magistrates.

The report also quoted the chief registrar as saying that the vacant position of secretary of the JSC has been zoned.

He called on the general public to note that appointment of magistrates or any other judicial officers or staff is governed by law.
He called on the general public to disregard the news as no such process is currently on-going. 

He also called on journalists, especially judicial correspondents to remain professionals and to avoid any misinformation that will drag the judiciary to the mud. 

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