Last Updated on 25th July 2022
Ahmad Tahir Mirza, Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission Headquarters Accra, Ghana
Alhajia Nabeela Naeema Wahab Sahiba is serving as the General Secretary of Lajna Imaillah Ghana and has recently been sworn in as a Justice for Ghana High Courts. She is the daughter of former Amir and Missionary-in-charge of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Ghana, Alhaj Dr Abdul Wahab Adam Sahib. Her husband, Kubina Tahir Hammond Sahib is a member of the Parliament of Ghana and represents the National Patriotic Party, NPP.
Nabeela Naeema Wahab Sahiba completed her master’s in LLM from Ghana – her dissertation was about the “Maritime Boundary Delimitation and Oil Discovery in Ghana: A Potential for Conflict between Ghana and its Neighbour, Cote D’Ivoire.”
Before she was elected as a High Court Judge in Ghana, she served Ghana courts on various occasions at the national level. The solemn swearing-in ceremony of 10 new judges of the High Court was held on 18 July 2022 at the Jubilee House in Accra under the chairmanship of the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Nabeela Naeema Wahab Sahiba said:
“I was called to Ghana Bar to practice as a lawyer in Ghana in October 2008. I applied to work as a lawyer at the Office of the Attorney-General in Ghana and after an interview; I was employed as an Assistant State Attorney at the Office of the Attorney-General and Ministry of Justice in December 2008. I worked with the Office of the Attorney-General and rose through the ranks from Assistant State Attorney in December 2008 to Principal State Attorney in November 2017. The Constitution of Ghana provides that lawyers with a minimum of 10 years of practice, proven integrity and high moral character may apply to be appointed by the President to serve as High Court Judges. In July 2021, I learnt of an advertisement that had been published by the Office of the Judicial Secretary inviting suitably qualified lawyers to apply for the position of High Court Judges. I had been working for nearly thirteen years as a lawyer at the Office of the Attorney-General at the time.
“I informed my office of my interest to respond to the advertisement and join the bench as a judge. Alhamdulillah, I had the full support of my superiors to apply for the position and the office provided me with a reference that indicated that I was suitably qualified, of proven integrity and high moral character to serve as a judge. I submitted my application to the Office of the Judicial Secretary in July 2021. In October 2021, the Office of the Judicial Secretary informed me that I had been shortlisted to attend an interview for the position of a High Court Judge. Whilst waiting for my turn to be interviewed, I learnt from other members who attended the interview that hundreds of lawyers had applied for the position and few had been shortlisted for the interview. The interview was conducted by a panel of 14 members including Supreme Court judges, the president of the Ghana Bar Association, members of the Judicial Service Board, the Judicial Secretary, a representative of the Public Services Commission and the Deputy Attorney-General.
“A year after I submitted my application, I received a call from the OJ Secretary on 14 July 2022, informing me of my appointment by the President of Ghana as a High Court Judge and requesting me to pick up a letter of appointment from the OJS the following day. On 15 July 2022, I picked up the appointment letter and learnt that I had indeed been appointed as a High Court Judge by the President of Ghana. The swearing-in ceremony was to be held three days later on 18 July 2022. On the morning of the swearing-in ceremony, I met nine other judges who had also been selected to join the Bench as High Court Judges. Of the 10 of us who were sworn in, six were male and four were female. Six were judges of the lower court who were being promoted to judges of the High Court and four of us were lawyers who were joining the Bench.
“For the swearing-in ceremony, the 10 of us were seated according to seniority. From the seating arrangements, I learnt that I was the youngest of the persons to be sworn in with regard to age as well as the number of years of practice as a lawyer. I was also the only Muslim sworn-in. Alhamdulillah, the ceremony was successful.
“I humbly request for prayers that Allah may out of His Grace guide my affairs and enable me to conduct myself and administer justice in a manner that may be pleasing to Him. Amin.”
The swearing-in ceremony of the High Court of Ghana was reported by national newspapers, magazines, TV, radio and online newspapers and periodicals, including Daily Graphic, Ghanaian Times Web News, Joy News, News Ghana, Modern Ghana, GNA, 3 News, and on social media platform.