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Nice Exit Of Ilorin Born Jurist From The Bench.

Yoruba, as a individuals, are blessed with a really wealthy customized, which is replicated of their good sense of costume, superlative use of oral expression and impeccable common worldview. Their scientific makes use of of phrases have gained them respect contained in the analysis of revered school college students of sociology, classical linguistics and anthropology. The appreciation of that good feat in human civilisation has furthermore secured for the Yoruba language, an amazing rank contained in the comity of languages, which elements impression on human existence and actuality.

One among many commonest and impeccable idiomatic expressions of the Yoruba individuals go thus; ‘Omo Ajanaku Kii ya rara, bi kan ba ya rara, O ju Ogoji lo’. This may be merely translated as “an vital progeny doesn’t deviate from the footprints of his illustrious progenitors”.

By the import of that saying, one is for sure to think about that those that obtained proper right here up with the expression from the time immemorial had a extremely good son of Ilorin Emirate, Justice Salihu Saidu, in concepts. It is because of the ancestry, life and profession of His Lordship totally match into that “saying” in such a implies that one would assume he was seated amongst those that racked their brains to evolve the expression that has endured generations, occasions and circumstances.

Justice Saidu shouldn’t be solely from the well-known Alikaki Isale Ajanaku household of Ilorin,he’s furthermore a kind of who pursued the profession that gave his ancestral household its set up and standing contained in the historic earlier of Ilorin Emirate with complete dedication. He has served the nation and humanity meritoriously. He has consequently and glowingly attained the age of retirement in a most fascinating means and with none kind of blemish in anyway. He has furthermore deservedly booked an house for himself contained in the house reserved for distinguished statesmen and stateswomen who swam contained in the ocean of jurisprudence and emerged out of it with their immaculate attires unsoiled.

Honourable Justice Salihu Saidu, an eminent jurist, conscientious trainer and fantastic administrator, was born to the well-known household of late Alikali Saliu Usman (Alkali Agba) household of Isale Ajanaku Quarters, Ilorin, on February 14,1956.

His start handed off contained in the abode of his illustrious progenitors, Ilorin. His father, Alhaji Saidu Alkali a.okay.a Oniwapélé (who died in August, 2007) was a glorious civil servant, who began his profession contained in the defunct Ilorin Native Authority and ended his sojourn inside the general public service as a workers of earlier Ilorin Native Authorities in 1987.

The mom to this glorious patriot was Alhaja Maryam Ayinke (d. 2017), an unbelievable trainer, exemplary neighborhood chief and aunt to the fifth Grand Kadi of Kwara State, Honourable Justice Salihu Olohuntoyin Muhammad. She hailed from Ori-Okoh Quarters, Ilorin.

Youthful Salihu, as not beautiful of a kid born into the household of distinguished Muslim school college students and celebrated jurists, started-off as a pupil of a conventional Quranic school at Ile Alfa Aladua throughout the an an identical Isale-Ajanaku neighbourhood, Ilorin.

He was educated inside the humanities and science of Quranic studying and recitation on the college alongside alongside collectively together with his contemporaries who included late Engr. Imam Yahaya, who labored with the Kwara State Ministry of Agriculture and Pure Sources and a Justice of the Peace with the Kwara State Judiciary, Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Dasuki.

Whereas being nurtured throughout the good of Ilorin cultural nuances, Justice Saidu was furthermore granted publicity to the basics of the Islamic religion, which accounted for his rise as an honest Muslim, upright jurist and patriotic citizen of this good nation.

As he was present course of educating in Quranic evaluation, Justice Saidu, who’s well-known amongst his contemporaries all by Ilorin Emirate as Salihu Ajanaku, was enrolled as a pupil at Oke-Aluko Essential School, Ilorin.

He was educated on the college from 1963 to 1969 on the top of which he acquired his First School Leaving Certificates in flying colors. His contemporaries on the college included Alhaji Amasa Yusuf and Alhaji Abioye Bello Saadu, each of whom had been workers of the Federal Ministry of Exterior Affairs; and the late Engr. Saidu Yusuf, who was a workers of the Decrease Niger River Basin Progress Authority, Ilorin.

Others included the sooner talked about Engr. Imam Yahaya; a retired Comptroller of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Alhaji Mosadi Usman; and Alhaji Yusuf Kawu Daibu, former Head of Civil Service, Kwara State.

After a really sturdy and fruitful foremost teaching, Honourable Justice Saidu was admitted into the Authorities Secondary School (GSS), Omu-Aran, the headquarters of the Irepodun Native Authorities Space of Kwara State.

It was at that school that he successfully sat for his West African School Certificates (WASC) between 1970 and 1974. Amongst his mates at GSS Omu-Aran had been Alhaji Idris Musa, the Director-Major, Nationwide Oil Spill Analysis and Progress Agency (NOSRDA); Prof. Jonathan Bello, who teaches on the Federal School of Agriculture, Abeokuta.

Others embody, Engr. Samuel Adewumi Ogundare; and Dr George Ogunyemi, an Abuja-based foremost accredited practitioner. Others with whom he had his WASC included Barrister Gani Abidoye, an Ilorin-based Lawyer; Mr. Kehinde Fadipe, a retired Assistant Comptroller-Major of the Nigerian Correctional Service; and Alhaji Musa Salami, the Chairman/Chief Authorities Officer, MUSCENT Lodge, Omu-Aran, Kwara State and Dr. Rasheed Lawal, who retired as a Director from the Kwara State Ministry of Teaching.

Shortly after his School Certificates programme, Saliu Saidu was educated as a trainer on the Omu-Aran Trainer’s School, Omu-Aran between 1974 and 1976 after which he obtained nationwide minimal educating qualification, Grade II Trainer Certificates.

On the School, he met Alhaji AbdulWahab Muhammed, a former Auditor on the well-known Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna and in addition to a one time Chairman IEDPU, Northern Zone; Alhaji Baba Akanbi, an excessive rating prime notch of the Division of State Suppliers; and Alhaji Ganiyu Bello, a retired Director of Personnel Administration contained in the Kwara State Native Authorities Service Cost.

Decided to pursue elevated professional educating and {{{qualifications}}} to care for the standing of his household as an abode of incredible jurists afloat, this illustrious son of Ilorin Emirate proceeded to the School of Administration and Vocational Evaluation of the then Kwara State School of Expertise(now Kwara State Polytechnic), Ilorin, the place he obtained Diploma in Regulation after a rigorous tutorial programme, which ran from 1978 to 1980.

Honourable Justice Tunde Garuba, a retired Choose of the Excessive Courtroom of Justice, Ilorin; Barrister Yahaya Kale Saadu, a one time Nationwide Secretary, Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressive Union (IEDPU); Hon. Justice Iyabo Olalere of the Nationwide Industrial Courtroom; and Mr Fabunmi Dada, a retired Justice of the Peace contained in the Kwara State Judiciary; had been a few of his coursemates.

Consequent to his successes contained in the above programme and appreciable experiences garnered as an official of the Courtroom of Justice, Justice Saidu was admitted to be taught Regulation on the Bayero School, Kano.

He successfully studied for LL. B programme on the establishment renamed after the longest-serving Emir of Kano, Alhaji Abdullahi Bayero, between 1981 and 1985. His contemporaries on the second interval School included Alhaji Aliyu Oba Ajikobi, a retired Director, Finance and Accounts, Police Service Cost; and Barrister Mahmud AbdulRaheem, a one time Major Supervisor, Kwara State Broadcasting Agency (Radio Kwara); Ilorin.

Others embody, late Khadi of the Kwara State Sharia Courtroom of Attraction, Justice Abdullahi AbdulKareem and Prof. Abubakar Imam Aliagan, a famend media persona and Head, Division of Religions, School of Ilorin.

As a lawyer, who was not solely decided to adjust to nonetheless to furthermore excel, his subsequent stage of determine was the Nigerian Regulation School, Lagos, the place his data and expertise contained in the evaluation of legal guidelines and its sensible features had been broadened, sharpened and strengthened for his future place as a choose.

He concluded the programme between 1985 and 1986, on the top of which he was generally known as to the Nigerian Bar together with tons of of his professional colleagues from allover Nigeria.

These whom he attended the One-Yr educating programme included Prince Kolapo Aliyu Abdulkadir, an Ilorin based mostly accredited practitioner and a son to the tenth Emir of Ilorin, Shaykh Aliyu Babaagba Abdulkadir and Lawyer S. B. Sambo, a one time Nationwide Authorised Adviser of the Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressive Union together with Mrs Afusat Olumo Oyebode, a excessive rating workers of the Central Financial institution of Nigeria.

His Regulation School buddies furthermore included the Honourable Justice Gabriel Kolawole and His Lordship Justice Bunmi Oyewole, each of the Courtroom of Attraction, Mr. Duro Adeleye, SAN; Mr. Rowland Otaru, SAN; Mr. Joe Gadzama, SAN; and Chief Niyi Akintola, SAN, had been furthermore amongst his most achieved coursemates on the Nigerian Regulation School and with whom he was generally known as to the Nigerian Bar.

Justice Saidu commenced what later turned out to be a really fruitful working life as a trainer, he was a classroom trainer beneath the then Ilorin Native Colleges Administration Board (LSMB) from 1976 to 1978, when he left the pedagogy and he taught for 2 years on the well-known Okesuna Essential School, Ilorin.

These two years weren’t solely thrilling nevertheless in addition to most collaborating and memorable for him and his pupils, he taught many youthful ones who later emerged among the many many many very glorious residents who made worthwhile of their lives by means of fairly a number of fields of human endeavours.

The Diploma certificates in Regulation he earned from the Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, propelled his destined from the classroom to the courtroom, he was given a job as a Courtroom Registrar.

He was on the job all by means of his educating as a Lawyer and subsequent qualification and determine to the bar, he served as a Courtroom Registrar contained in the Kwara State Judiciary from 1980 to 1987.

He taught as a Member of the Nationwide Youth Service Corps, having been educated as a trainer and dealing briefly didn’t make his NYSC educating a difficult train for him, it was a repeat of the expertise he had earlier acquired.

He was an setting pleasant NYSC trainer at Orjis Industrial School, Orlu, Imo State, the place he offered the obligatory youth service in Imo State in 1987.
In course of the tip of 1987, Justice Saidu was appointed as a Justice of the Peace contained in the Kwara State Judiciary.

His appointment was made together with these of his Diploma coursemates on the Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, as earlier talked about. He was a Justice of the Peace Grade II between 1987 and 1990.

He furthermore served as Justice of the Peace Grade I from 1991 to 1992. He was appointed an Performing Chief Justice of the Peace in 1993 and eventually promoted to the rank of a Senior Justice of the Peace, a spot he held between 1994 and 1996.

As a Justice of the Peace contained in the Kwara State Judiciary, Justice Saidu served at Share, the headquarters of Ifelodun Native Authorities Space of Kwara state, he furthermore transferred as a Justice of the Peace at Lafiagi, the headquarters of Edu Native Authorities Space as soon as extra to his ancestral residence of Ilorin.

In all of these locations, as illustrious son of Ilorin Emirate left an astonishing doc of a seriousminded, balanced and simply jurist to the applause of his household, colleagues and admiration of Ilorin Emirate as a neighborhood.

His sterling effectivity as a Justice of the Peace in Kwara State didn’t solely attraction to the eye of upper authorities nevertheless in addition to educated his elevation to the federal judicial service.

Justice Saidu subsequently transferred his suppliers following his appointment as a Deputy Chief Registrar (DCR) of the Federal Excessive Courtroom, he served because of the DCR of the third layer of the federal judiciary from 1996 to 2001.

On August 1, 2000, he was appointed because of the Ag. Chief Registrar until March 1, 2001, beneath the watchful eyes of the historic second indigene of Ilorin Emirate who licensed as a lawyer and the longest serving Chief Choose of the Federal Excessive Courtroom, the late Honourable Justice Mahmud Babatunde Belgore, the second Wali of Ilorin.

Justice Saidu was lastly elevated to the celebrated rank of Chief Registrar of the Federal Excessive Courtroom of Nigeria, which he competently held between March 2001 and September 2002.

Being an excellent accredited technocrat and any one who maintained all of the fascinating qualities desired in a would-be Choose, this illustrious son of Ilorin Emirate was appointed as a Choose of the Federal Excessive Courtroom on September 9, 2002. His appointment and swearing-in as a Justice of the Federal Excessive Courtroom was a sequel to the advice of the Nationwide Judicial Council (NJC) and the eventual approval by the then President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR.

By the appointment, this glorious “interpreter of licensed pointers” joined the league of his revered senior compatriots reminiscent of Justice Mahmud Babatunde Belgore (1936-2010); Justice Mustapha Akanbi, CFR(1932-2018); and Justice Lambo Jimoh Akanbi (b. 1952); to say loads of, who had been privileged to serve on the bench of the Federal Excessive Courtroom at one time or the choice.

As a Choose of the Federal Excessive Courtroom, Justice Saidu served all by this heterogeneous nation. He served at Jos and Abeokuta Divisions, he furthermore labored at Osogbo and Abakaliki Divisions as he did in Lagos and Port-Harcourt Divisions of the Courtroom at one time or the choice in the middle of his suppliers to the individuals and authorities of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

It’s gratifying to notice that Justice Saidu did his greatest throughout the course of fast and neutral dispensation of justice so efficiently that the appellate courtroom and the simplest courtroom of the land, the Supreme Courtroom of Nigeria had, at many a time, affirmed his well-researched, well-delivered and impeccable judgements on fairly a number of factors launched earlier than him.

Justice Saidu, who attended many profession enhancing programmes contained in the realm of conferences, seminars and workshops, at residence and overseas, typically is a distinguished Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators of Nigeria.

Irrespective of his dedication to evaluation all by his school days and tight engagement as a youthful man rising in Ilorin a few years as soon as extra, he was able to create time to work with others throughout the course of developing Ilorin Emirate elevated than it was met.

He was the Speaker of the School school college students Representatives Meeting of the then Ilorin School school college students Union beneath the presidency of the late Prince Abdulkadir Okunlola Abdulkadir, he concurrently served because of the Secretary of the Bayero School, Kano, chapter of the Union, which is now sometimes generally known as the Ilorin Emirate School school college students Union (IESU), in 1981.

Earlier to his appointment as a Choose, Justice Saidu was a Member and one time President of the Ajanaku Progressive Youth Affiliation (APYA).Members of APYA included Alhaji Saliu Belgore, Alhaji Oba Abdulsalam, Particular Adviser on Safety to the sooner Governor of Kwara State, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed; and Alhaji Salihu Tunde Bello, the Director of Administration, Nigerian Regulation School. Justice Saidu was furthermore the President of the Youthful Associates Membership, which comprised members from utterly completely different elements of Ilorin.

Completely completely different members embody Dr. Lanre Suleiman, a former Authorities Secretary, Kwara State Metropolis Planning and Progress Authority and in the mean time a Senior Lecturer on the Federal School of Expertise, Minna; and Prof. Suleiman Alege Kuranga, a one-time Chief Medical Director, School of Ilorin Educating Hospital, Ilorin. Completely completely different members of the membership included Arc. Saifulahi Ahmad Alege, the Chairman of the Islamic Orphanage Basis, Ilorin; Dr. Toyin Agbabiaka of the School of Ilorin and Alhaji Idris Amosa Saidu, the Director, Treasury and Finance, Tertiary
Teaching Notion Fund(TETFUND) together with Alhaji Yakub Duro Hameed, a Chartered Accountant and tax advisor.

The profession of this glorious patriot on the bench, nonetheless, didn’t enable him to stay a useful member of any of the sociocultural organisations all by means of his sojourn on the bench. However, he offered them and others periodic help as allowed by the licensed pointers of the land.

An affirmation of his true character obtained proper right here evident when yours really was opportune to satisfy him as a eternal contemplated man who’s very easy and humble to all residents, Justice Saidu was so good that one felt at residence to ask him questions.

His response was not devoid of his attribute humility. He outlined that his unassuming nature was inborn. To him, all are equal earlier than the Almighty Allah, the Creator of all. His response made one speechless. And, his disposition shortly reminded yours sincerely of the earlier encounters he had with the Honourable Justice Issa Ayo Salami, OFR, the retired President of the Courtroom of Attraction, who doesn’t know that anybody was too youthful to be accorded respect.

Two utterly completely different jurists furthermore left one with such impressions nonetheless the truth that they’re nonetheless in energetic suppliers would make it save to care for their identities in anonymity for apparent causes for now.

This excellent patriot is married to Hajiya Khadijat Titilayo Saidu, who’s an Ilorin-based businesswoman, he furthermore consummated one completely different marriage with Hajiya Habeebat Saidu, Director (PFS) contained in the Kwara State Ministry of Vitality, Ilorin.

His marriages are blessed with worthwhile youngsters who’re doing very efficiently of their fairly a number of careers.

As Justice Saidu gloriously settles down in retirement, I can solely encourage him to rely his blessings.

He has been blessed in loads of strategies by which he cannot perhaps enumerate. The Yoruba has one completely different fairly saying that ‘Atari Ajanaku Ki Se Eru Omode’ (an elephant head is just too heavy for an toddler).

Sure, accredited interpretation shouldn’t be a job for merely anybody. It’s meant for the deep, the erudite, the contented and individuals who discover themselves God-fearing. This hero of our time from the Isale Ajanaku (Elephant Valley) Quarters, Ilorin, carried the pinnacle of an elephant (Atari Ajanaku) on his shoulders. He succeeded in defending it afloat for over three a really very long time. He have to be grateful to his Creator who noticed him by means of the arduous train.

He should, ensuing from this actuality, emulate his older professional compatriots who returned to the house of their forefathers to serve humanity the extra. He’s wished contained in the realm of mentoring, counselling and battle dedication together with common human empowerment. His household, his ‘adugbo’ and the bigger Ilorin Emirate require his presence and suppliers in additional methods than he can take into accounts.

He has carried the banner of Ilorin Emirate very efficiently with satisfaction, he has used the citizenship of Ilorin Emirate to the applause of all, now may be the time for him to supply as soon as extra to his neighborhood in patriotism manners of his ancestors in aiding the in coming future generations.

Writes by Abubakar Imam, the Nationwide Publicity Secretary, Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressive Union.

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