Former Judge becomes traditional ruler in Niger

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A former Judge of the Niger State High Court of Justice, Justice Idris Evuti has been named as the new Etsu Evuti in  Niger.

The new Etsu Evuti would be turbaned by His Royal Highness, Umaru Bago III (FNSE, CON) on Sat. April 27, 2019 at the Emir’s Palace, Lapai.

A statement made available by Alh. Sule Hazat, member of the planning committee of the event said the retired judge was born on the 10th April 1953 at Evuti, in Lapai Local Government Area of Niger.

He attended Evuti and Lapai Primary Schools from 1959-1965, before proceeding to the Arabic Teachers College, Sokoto from 1966 to 1970 for Grade II Teachers Certificate.

Justice Evuti had a Diploma in Law at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (ABU) from 1972 to 1973.

He is a holder of Bachelors Degree in Law (LLB) from ABU Zaria and BL in Nigeria Law School before being called to Bar in July 1978.

The new Etsu Evuti also attended Legal Drafting at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Lagos in 1986; Arbitration and Study Tour at Harvard University, Boston, United States of America in 2014.

The former judge commenced his public service career as a Magistrate Grade II up to Chief Magistrate Grade I before being appointed the acting Chief Inspector of Area Courts, Niger State from 1982 to 1983.

He was appointed a Commissioner, Ministry of Trade, Industries and Tourism in 1983, Chairman of Shiroro Hotels, Minna as well as Chairman, Niger State Clay Products, Minna all in 1983.

The Etsu Evuti was a Principal Partner of Sabru Chambers, Minna from 1984 to 1985 before returning to the public service as High Court Judge in Niger State High Court of Justice from Dec.18, 1991.

Evuti was a judge for about 25 years until his retirement on Sept.15, 2015.

He was also at a time, Chairman of the Failed Banks Tribunal in Lagos State and Chairman,  Local Government Election Tribunals in Niger.

He was the Yandaka of Lapai before being named as the new Etsu Evuti.(NAN)

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