- Supreme Court justices did not attend the inauguration of election tribunal members as was the custom of the leadership of the judiciary
- Only one justice Sidi Dauda Bage was on the platform with the new acting CJN Tanko Mohammed
- Justice Tanko swore in 250 members of the election tribunals at the Supreme Court Complex in Abuja on Saturday, January 26
Justices of the Supreme Court on Saturday, January 26 did not show up at the inauguration of members of the election petitions tribunal by the new acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed.
Daily Trust reports that only few people graced the event which was held at the Supreme Court Complex in Abuja.
According to the report, only one of the Supreme Court justices, Justice Sidi Dauda Bage, was with the new acting CJN Justice Mohammed.
Missing at the events were justices:
1. Bode Rhodes-Vivour
2. Mary Odili
3. Olukayode Ariwoola
4. Musa Datijo Muhammad
5. Kumai Bayang Akaahs
6. Kudirat Motonmori Olatokunbo
7. Chima Centus Nweze
8. John Inyang Okoro
9. Kudirat Motonmori Olatokunbo Kekere-Ekun
10. Chima Centus Nweze
11. Amiru Sanusi OFR
12. Amina Adamu Augie CON
13. Ejembi Eko
14. Paul Adamu Galinje
All the above justices are listed as current members of the Supreme Court on the apex court's official website.
Meanwhile, the Acting CJN Mohammed swore in 250 members of the election petitions tribunal panels for the 2019 general elections in the country.
Speaking during the inauguration, Justice Mohammed charged the tribunal members to know that they are accountable to God under the oath they have just sworn.
“This is an ethical undertaking to justice as well as uphold the Rule of Law in our courts. As such, I implore you to discharge your onerous duty diligently and with the fear of God Almighty. The judiciary is in trying times, and you must stand to protect and uphold the integrity of this arm of government,” he said.
“I therefore congratulate you on this appointment and I urge you to see this assignment as a call to greater service to your nation. I encourage you to uphold and enhance the honour and standing of the judiciary and I pray that the Almighty Allah will bestow upon you strength, good health and wisdom in the performance of your duties.”
Legit.ng had reported earlier that Ibrahim Tanko Muhammed, the new acting CJN swore in 250 members of the general elections tribunal.
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During the swearing-in ceremony held in in Abuja on Saturday, Muhammed admonished the members of the election tribunals to carry out their duties with integrity and godly fear in their hearts.
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