Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Samuel Onnoghen, has appointed Hadizatu Mustapha, a former senior special assistant to Ali Modu Sheriff, national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the registrar for the supreme court.
She was appointed as a replacement for Ahmed Saleh, current chief registrar, who has been appointed the new secretary of the National Judicial Council (NJC).
Awassam Bassey, senior special assistant on media and publicity to the CJN, said Mustapha’s appointment was contained in a letter signed by Bilkisu Bashir, secretary of the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC).
“Until her appointment, Mrs. Mustapha, was the deputy chief registrar of the Sharia Court of Appeal of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT),” Bassey said in a statement.
“Born in Gwoza in Borno state on the 8th August 1961, Hadizatu Mustapha holds a Bachelor of Law (LL.B) degree from the University of Maiduguri which she earned in 1984 before attending the Nigerian Law School, Victoria Island, Lagos, for her Barrister at Law (BL) programme in 1985.”
The statement further detailed the profile of Mrs. Mustapha as follows:
“After her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme in 1986, Mrs. Mustapha joined the Borno State Ministry of Justice, Maiduguri, in 1987 as State Counsel 11 before rising to state Counsel 1 (1990-1993); She became Senior State Counsel (1993-1996); Assistant Director (1996-1999), and Acting Director, Citizens Rights Department (1999-2000).
“Between 2000 and 2004, Mrs. Hadizatu Mustapha was the chief enterprise officer of the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPE), Abuja, where she was the acting secretary to three committees: policy and monitoring committee, transactions marketing committee, and industrial manufacturing committee.
“In 2004, Mrs. Hadizatu Mustapha returned to the Borno state ministry of justice as the acting director of public prosecution before joining the Borno state government as senior special assistant on administration to the governor.
“She was then appointed director of legal services to the Borno State Independent Electoral Commission in 2007.
“After a four-year stint in the private sector, Mrs. Mustapha joined the Sharia Court of Appeal in the Federal Capital Territory in 2011 as the Deputy Chief Registrar, a position she maintained till her current appointment as the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.”
Her appointment comes at a point the battle between Sheriff and Ahmed Makarfi is before the supreme court.
Both men are battling for the chairmanship of the PDP.