Appointment of judges: Court says Buhari contravened constitution

Appointment of judges: Court says Buhari contravened constitution

- An Abuja court has ruled President Buhari contravened the constitution regarding the appointment of some judges

- The court held that the president should not have forwarded the recommended names sent to him by the NJC to the Senate

- The ruling, however, did not invalidate the appointment of the judges

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The Federal High Court in Abuja has ruled that President Muhammadu Buhari contravened provisions of the constitution when he forwarded the list of recommended lawyers to the Senate for confirmation as judges.

Appointment of judges: Court says Buhari contravened constitution
The court rules that the president contravened the provision of Section 256(2) of the constitution. Photo credits: Naijanews
Source: UGC

The court held on Wednesday, September 23, that the president contravened section 256 (2) of the constitution when he forwarded the names recommended by the National Judicial Council (NJC) to the Senate, The Nation reported.

Justice Inyang Ekwo who delivered the ruling explained that the only instance where the president can forward NJC’s recommendation to the Senate in respect of a High Court judge’s appointment is when it relates to the appointment of a head of the court, as the chief judge.

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Despite the judgment, the court held that the swearing-in of the judges was not affected by the president's faulty decision.

PM News reported that the ruling was delivered following a suit instituted by a lawyer, Oladimeji Felix Ekengba, against the president, the minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, and the Senate to court for allegedly breaching sections of the constitution.

In another news, Prof Abba Isa Tijani has been appointed as the director-general of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM).

Tijani's appointment as the new NCMM DG was approved by President Buhari who also made the renowned academician the agency's chief executive.

A professor of museology and anthropology, Tijani is the former University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID)'s head of the department of fine arts. He is regarded as an experienced educationist.

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