- Access to Justice (A2Justice) is suing President Muhammadu Buhari over a recent elevation of some judges to the Supreme Court
- The group also sued the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Ibrahim Muhammad, over the issue
- The organisation says it wants the court to throw out the list for not following due process
A crisis is brewing in the Nigerian judiciary following the nomination of four judges for promotion to the Supreme Court by President Muhammadu Buhari.
This follows a suit filed by Access to Justice (A2Justice) against Buhari and the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Ibrahim Muhammad, in an attempt to stop the move.
The case against the duo was filed at the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja over the nomination of four justices for elevation to the Supreme Court.
Adding the Senate, the National Judicial Council (NJC) and the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC) as respondents, the group claimed the nomination goes against judicial guidelines.
Counsels to the group, Jude Ogodi and Joseph Otteh, claimed the rule was not followed by the FJSC and the NJC in the nomination.
It said they circumvented aspects of the rules designed to make the recruitment process transparent, fair, merit-based and competitive.
It also accused the two bodies of hiding the process to stop interested persons from monitoring the procedure.
A2Justice said its interest in the suit is part of the need to reform the judiciary and ensure that due process is always followed.
The group wants the court to rule that the FJSC did not comply completely with the guidelines of such appointments.
According to the group, the FJSC refused to inform the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) concerning vacancies that needed to be filled.
The organisation, therefore, wants the list thrown out, especially as the respondents refused to respond to questions concerning the process they appointment.
“The FJSC chose to conduct its recruitment in an opaque and unaccountable manner, in outright violation of the 2014 appointment guidelines,” the organisation argued.
Legit.ng earlier reported how an appeal filed by Samuel Nwawka, counsel to former CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, to determine the constitutionality or otherwise of his removal was recently struck out by the Supreme Court.
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