- President Buhari has been asked to appoint Justice Tanko Muhammad as substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria
- Muhammad had been appointed acting CJN following the suspension of Walter Onnoghen
- Also, some new chief judges were recommended to state governors for appointment and Grand Kadis
The National Judicial Council (NJC) has recommend to President Muhammadu Buhari the appointment of acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad, as substantive CJN.
The decision was reached at an emergency meeting headed by former president of the Court of Appeal, Justice Umaru Abdullahi, Daily Trust reports.
A statement by the director of information of the NJC, Soji Oye, on Wednesday, July 10, showed that the decision followed a recommendation of the interview committee set up by the council.
The council reached the decision after “candidates presented by the Federal Judicial Service Commission to it for appointment as Chief Justice of Nigeria" were screened.
The statement also stated that some new states chief judges were recommended to state governors for appointment and Grand Kadis.
The states concerned are: Lagos Anambra, Ebonyi, Niger and Taraba; and Grand Kadis for Sharia Courts of Appeal in Kano and Jigawa states.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that NJC on Monday, June 10, confirmed Buhari’s acceptance of the voluntary retirement of the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen.
The statement partly read: “Council held an emergency meeting today to take formal note of the acceptance of the voluntary retirement of Hon Mr Justice Walter Onnoghen, GCON, as Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) by President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR.
“The president’s acceptance of the retirement is in line with council’s recommendation to the President on 3rd April, 2019."
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