The death has been announced of Justice Waziri Abali, the Yerima of Fika.
Abali is also a younger brother to Muhammad Ibn Abali Muhammad Idrissa, Emir of Fika and Chairman, Yobe State Council of Chiefs.
His funeral prayers were held on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at Garki Area 1 Mosque near old Federal Secretariat, Abuja.
He left behind one wife and several children.
He was known for his frank views on complex legal issues and judicial accountability; he was also credited with initiating accountability for judges.
Justice Abali attended the University of Sokoto from 1979 to 1982 for pre-degree in Law.
He was admitted into the University of Maiduguri in 1984 where he bagged his LLB. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1990. He began his working career in 1993 with Ba’aba & Co. Solicitor & Advocators, Moh’d Idris Way, Potiskum.
He joined Yobe State Judiciary Damaturu in 1996 as Senior Magistrate I, and was eventually promoted to Chief Magistrate II &I in 2002 and 2004 respectfully.
He later transferred his services to the FCT Judiciary and was Deputy Chief Registrar (Administration), Acting Chief Registrar, and later, substantive Chief Registrar of the Customary Court of Appeal of the FCT Judiciary from 2004-2013.
He was later appointed the Registrar General, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Centre of Nigeria.
Before his judicial appointment as a judge of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria in May 2013, he was the Presiding Judge of the Bauchi Judicial Division of the Court.