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CITATION OF MRS. HALIMATU ABDULLAHI TURAKI. LB, FCIAbr, THE SECRETARY
Mrs. H.A. Turaki hails from the Zuru Local Government Area of Kebbi State. She began her academic pursuits at Model Primary School, Wurno Road in Sokoto State, and eventually, proceeded to Government Girls Secondary School, Kotorkoshi in present-day Zamfara State. Thereafter, she attended the Federal School of Arts and Science, Suleja, Niger State.
Mrs. H.A. Turaki, being an excellent student, and desirous of furthering her education, proceeded to Bayero University, Kano State where she obtained an LL.B (Hons.) in 1995 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1996.
Upon being successfully called to the Bar, Mrs. Turaki underwent the compulsory National Youth Service with the National Maritime Authority, Abuja. At the completion of her National Youth Service, she commenced private legal practice with Crystal Chambers, a Law Firm in Abuja.
Mrs. H.A. Turaki’s letter joined the services of the Federal Ministry of Justice as a State Council. As a result of her passion, diligence, and hard work, she was made the Secretary, Body of Attorneys General from 1999 to 2001, a function which she carried out with all dexterity. She was appointed as the Acting Secretary, Body of Benchers from 2001 to 2005, being the first to be appointed in that capacity. Prior to her appointment, Secretarial services for the Body of Benchers were provided by some staff on ad-hoc arrangement.
In the course of her work as a State Counsel, Mrs. H.A Turaki was posted to the Nigerian Custom Service as an Assistant Legal Adviser in 2005. In recognition of the vital way she discharged her duties while serving as the Secretary, Body of Benchers, she was recalled and reappointed as the Secretary, Body of Benchers in November 2005. Thus, making her the Pioneer Secretary of the Body of Benchers.
As a credit to her tenacity and adroitness, Mrs. H.A. Turaki was appointed as substantive Secretary of the Body of Benchers. Her immense contribution and astute leadership skills gave birth to the Self-Accounting status of the Body which was obtained in 2013.
Mrs. Turaki has worked directly with the Chairmen of the Body of Benchers from 2001 to date. She has been recognized by all the Past Chairmen and virtually all members of the Body of Benchers as an encyclopedia on the Body and described her dedication to work and resilience is second to none. She served as the Secretary to all the Committees of the Body and contributed immensely in repositioning the Body of Benchers to what it is today.
In recognition of her sterling qualities and exemplary leadership style, she was made a member of the Body of Benchers and confirmed with the status of a Life Bencher in February 2018. She is a member of several Associations both locally and internationally. She has traveled widely and attended series of training, seminars, and conferences.
In September 2020 she was appointed as the Acting Secretary of the Federal Judicial Service Commission. In October 2020 she was confirmed as the substantive Secretary of the Federal Judicial Service Commission.
Mrs. Turaki is happily married and blessed with children. Her hobbies include writing, carrying out research, and playing scrabble.