Kogi State just lost a legal icon Justice Nasir Ajanah the chief justice of Kogi State.
Justice Nasir Ajanah was born in 1956 to the family of Alhaji MJ Fari Ajanah in Okene Local Government Area of Kogi State. His enviable educational career started with Native Authority (Central) Primary School Okene where he had his Primary Education between 1962 and 1968. He proceeded to the prestigious Federal Government College, Keffi in 1969 and graduated in 1973. His excellent result admitted him to do his Higher School Certificate (HSC) at the same College between 1974 and 1975.
It is only natural that a brilliant student like Justice Ajanah will have no reason to delay in his educational career. He therefore entered the faculty of Law, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he graduated with LL.B Hons. He proceeded further to the Nigerian Law School and passed his Bar Examination in flying Colors and was called to the Nigerian Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. Justice Ajanah started his working career, after a successful National Youth Service, with Kwara State Ministry of Justice where he served as State Counsel between 1982 and 1984. He set up his private firm, NASIRU AJANAH & CO., in Okene where he practiced his law between 1985 and 1989.
The saying that a golden egg has no place to hide played itself in Justice Ajanah’s life when the Kwara State Government appointed him as a Judge to Kwara State High Court in 1990. This appointment was transferred to Kogi State in 1991 when the State was created. As a High Court Judge he had served in several jurisdictions across the State, such as Ankpa Between 1991 and 1993; Isanlu between 1994 and 1996; Okene between 1996 and 1999 and Lokoja from 1999 to date.
Justice had served in various capacity such as Chairman, Kabba disturbance tribunal in Kogi State (1994); Chairman, Election petition tribunal in Adamawa State (1998); Member of Governing of Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (1999 and 2006); Chairman, Panel on Muritala Mohammed International Airport Fire Incidence (2000); Chairman, Election petition Tribunal in Akwa – Ibom State (2007) and Chairman; Election Tribunal Petition (2) in Rivers State (2008).
His much celebrated appointment as the Chief Judge of Kogi State is purely on merit. Appointment into such position is usually based on the recommendation of the State Judicial Service Commission to the State Governor and the Commission usually recommends the most senior Judge at the time of the vacancy.