- Lafia has a selected a new emir following the death of the former ruler
- A justice of the Supreme Court, Sidi Bage, was selected by four out of the five members of the college of selectors
- Bage and Musa Mustapha-Agwai, son of the late emir, had contested for the position
Alhaji Sidi Bage, Justice of the Supreme Court, has emerged as the 17th Emir of Lafia Emirate following the demise of Alhaji Mustapha Agwai I on January 10.
Haruna Osegba, the Nasarawa state commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs announced the selection of the emir on Tuesday, March 26, in Lafia following the state traditional council meeting.
Osegba said the new emir was selected by the emirate’s college of selector, ratified by the state traditional council and approved by Gov. Umaru Al-Makura.
He said the selection of the new emir was in line with legal notice 12 of 1986, section 31 stipulating the rotation of the stool between the two royal houses.
Osegba explained that Bage and Musa Mustapha-Agwai, son of the late emir contested for the position.
Bage was however selected by four out of the five members of the college of selectors.
Bage was born on June 22, 1956, in Lafia, Nasarawa State, attended the Dunoma Primary School Lafia from 1963 to 1969, attended the Government Secondary School Lafia from 1970 to 1974.
He was admitted into the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, for a Diploma Programme in Law between 1975 to 1977, obtained same at Credit Level and later got his L.L.B. Hon degree in 1980. He graduated with Second Class Lower Division, proceeded to the Nigerian Law School Lagos in 1980 and was called into the Nigerian Bar in 1981.
Bage worked as a Legal Officer, Ground Training Group, Nigerian Air Force Base Kaduna (NYSC) 1981 to 1982, and Appointed Magistrate Grade II Plateau State Judiciary 1982.
He was Promoted Magistrate Grade I 1984, Promoted Senior Magistrate Grade II 1986, Appointed Chief Magistrate II F.C.T Judiciary 1989, Promoted Chief Magistrate I. 1990 and was promoted as Deputy Chief Registrar FCT Judiciary 1991.
He was again, Promoted Substantive Chief Registrar, FCT High Court January, 1992, elevated to the High Court Bench as a Judge Nov. 9, 1992, elevated Justice Court of Appeal Dec. 10, 2007, and Appointed Justice of the Supreme Court on Dec. 5, 2016.
Similarly, Al-Makura also approved the selection of Alhaji Isa Abubakar Umar as the Emir of Awe following the death of the late emir.
Osegba noted that the new emir of Awe was unanimously selected by the four surviving kingmakers of the emirate.
Also selected is Mr Umar Dodo as the new ‘Osu Kadarko’ a third class tradition ruler in Keana local government area.
The ‘Osu Kadarko’ stool became vacant following the death of Mr Fabian Orogu on Jan. 12, 2018.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari expressed sadness over the news of the passing of the emir of Lafia, Alhaji Isah Mustapha Agwai I.
The president, in a statement on Thursday, January 10, by his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, extended heartfelt commiserations to Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura on the demise of the emir.
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