Industrial Court Presiding Judge, Waziri Abali Dies at 58


Emir of Fika and chairman Yobe State Council of Chiefs, Dr Muhammad Ibn Abali Muhammad Idrissa, has lost his younger and title holder (Yerima of Fika) Justice Waziri Abali.

Both of them were born into the royal family of the emirate.

The late legal luminary died after a brief illness in Abuja.  His lordship bags prestigious  traditional title of Yeriman Fika.

Justice Abali attended the University of Sokoto from 1979 to 1982 for pre-degree in Law. He was admitted into the University of Maiduguri in 1984 and graduated with his LLB. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1990. He began his working career in 1993 with Ba’aba & Co. Solicitor & Advocators, Moh’d Idris Way, Potiskum. He joined Yobe State Judiciary Damaturu in 1996 as Senior Magistrate I, and was eventually promoted to Chief Magistrate II &I, in 2002 and 2004 respectfully. He later transferred his services to the FCT Judiciary and was Deputy Chief Registrar (Administration), Acting Chief Registrar, and later, substantive Chief Registrar of the Customary Court of Appeal of the FCT Judiciary from 2004-2013. He was later appointed the Registrar General, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Centre of Nigeria.

Before his  judicial appointment as a Judge of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria in May 2013. His Lordship is the Presiding Judge of the Bauchi Judicial Division of the Court.

His funeral prayers was held on Tuesday 9th October 2018 at Garki Area 1 Mosque near old Federal Secretariat,  Abuja. He left behind one wife and several children. He is known for his frank views on complex legal issues and judicial accountability, he was also credited with initiating accountability for judges.

Emir of Fika has continued to receive condolence from all walks of life.


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