A Justice of the Supreme Court, Sidi Bage, has emerged as the 17th Emir of Lafia Emirate following the demise of Mustapha Agwai I on January 10.
The Nasarawa State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Haruna Osegba, announced the selection of the Emir on Tuesday 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 LLB degree in 1980.
He graduated with Second Class Lower Division, proceeded to the Nigerian Law School Lagos in 1980 and was called to 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 in 1982.
He was Promoted Magistrate Grade I in 1984, promoted Senior Magistrate Grade II in 1986, appointed Chief Magistrate II FCT Judiciary in 1989, promoted Chief Magistrate I in 1990 and was promoted as Deputy Chief Registrar FCT Judiciary in 1991.
He was again, Promoted Substantive Chief Registrar, FCT High Court January, 1992, elevated to the High Court Bench as a Judge November 9, 1992, elevated Justice Court of Appeal December 10, 2007, and Appointed Justice of the Supreme Court on December 5, 2016.
Similarly, Al-Makura also approved the selection of 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 traditional ruler in Keana local government area.
The ‘Osu Kadarko’ stool became vacant following the death of Mr Fabian Orogu on January 12, 2018.