- There are indications that six judges will be appointed to fill the vacant seats at the Supreme Court
- This is as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Ibrahim Muhammad, on Monday, June 24, requested the court for nomination of judges
- Muhammad said that the apex court should nominate eligible candidates for the position not later than Tuesday, June 25
The acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Ibrahim Muhammad, on Monday, June 24, demanded the Supreme Court to nominate six judges to fill its vacant seats.
Muhammad, in a letter said that with only 15 justices on the bench of the apex court, the nomination is necessary since there should be not less than 21 justices in the house as required by the constitution. He said that the nomination should not be later than Tuesday, June 25, The Cable reports.
The letter read: “By the provision of Section 230(2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), the Supreme Court of Nigeria shall consist of the chief justice of Nigeria and such number of Justices of the Supreme Court, not exceeding twenty-one, as may be prescribed by an Act of the national assembly.
“As there are 15 Justices on the Supreme Court Bench at present, it is necessary to take steps to fill the remaining six vacancies to make 21 Justices.
“I shall be grateful if you could nominate suitable candidates for consideration for appointment as Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
“In making your submission in respect of eligible candidates, you are requested to forward 10 judgments delivered in contested cases 2 years preceding the date of nomination in the case of Judicial Officers and l0 judgments obtained in contested cases 5 years preceding the date of nomination in the case of Legal Practitioners in Private Practice, certified by competent authorities.
“You are requested to comment on the suitability of the candidates nominated by you.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has refused to grant an order to stop President Muhammadu Buhari from swearing in Muhammad as the substantive CJN.
The court, in a ruling that was delivered by Justice Inyang Ekwo, fixed May 13 to enable President Buhari, the Attorney General of the Federation, the National Judicial Council, NJC, as well as the Federal Judicial Service Commission, FJSC, to adduce reason why Justice Muhammad, should not be declared unfit to finally take over the leadership of the judiciary.
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