Justice Waziri Abali Dies
Justice Waziri Abali. Photo credit: thenigerialawyer.

The presiding Judge of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Bauchi Division, Justice Waziri Abali has passed on.

Late Abali, who is the younger brother to Muhammad Ibn Abali Muhammad Idrissa, Emir of Fika and Chairman, Yobe State Council of Chiefs, died on Monday.

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The funeral prayers of the late judge were held on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at Garki Area 1 Mosque near old Federal Secretariat, Abuja.

Justice Abali, who was known for his frank views on complex legal issues and judicial accountability; left behind one wife and several children. He was also credited with initiating accountability for judges.

Late Abali 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.

The deceased 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.

Justice Abali 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.

The National Industrial Court of Nigeria judge was later appointed the Registrar General, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Centre of Nigeria.

Meanwhile, before his judicial appointment as a judge of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria in May 2013, he was the Presiding Judge of the Bauchi Judicial Division of the Court.