34-year-old sworn-in as high court judge in Jigawa state

A 34-year-old woman, Nilfa Gambo, has been sworn-in as a High Court judge in Jigawa State for the state, who rose through the ranks and became what she is before reaching 35, an appointment said to be based on merit.

Penpushing reports that Gambo was sworn in on Monday at the Council Chambers, Government House, alongside Muhammad Usman as high court judges, as the Governor, Umar Namadi added that the new appointees made the state proud as they excelled during the selection interview.

The Governor explained that the National Judicial Commission (NJC) had confirmed that Jigawa’s judges’ selection process was the best in the country, stressing that the state government decided to remain neutral during the selection process to ensure the selection of the best candidates.

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Penpushing further reports that the Governor congratulated the new judges and charged them to serve with diligence and fear of Allah, adding that he was thrilled to hear the 34-year-old was among the list of high court judges approved by the National Judicial Council (NJC)

“I am absolutely thrilled to hear that Nilfa Abdullahi Gambo is among the list of high court judges approved by the National Judicial Council this week. Nilfa is a smart, industrious and kind woman. Her appointment is not just a result of her sheer hard work but also an inspiration to aspiring lawyers and girls in general’..

‘Having graduated from Bayero University Kano, Nilfa was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2013. She then earned an LLM from SOAS, University of London, specialising in International Economic Law with a focus on Africa. She is also a certified mediator and international arbitrator and a member of CIArb UK and ICMC. She previously worked as a research assistant, registrar, and mediator at the NICN under several Judges of the Court’.

‘Nilfa achieved all this before reaching 35 years of age while giving birth and raising four children. And when I tell you that they are all boys, you can imagine what she must have gone through (laughed)’, the Governor said.

‘She is a testament to the reality that it is not a choice between career or family. Nilfa successfully combined both. She has made not just the Abdullahi Gambo family proud but the whole of northern Nigeria. Some credit, of course, goes to Nilfa’s supportive husband (you can hold me guilty of a bit of masculinism here)’.

“And once again, it was Jigawa State that did it. When Justice Auwal Ya’u was appointed, we celebrated him and the whole state for injecting fresh, agile blood into the bench. Now, the same state has produced Nilfa. Jigawa judiciary’s vision in appointing younger lawyers as judges will shape the state in great ways and elevate its judiciary members. Mark my words”.

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