President Buhari writes Senate, seeks confirmation of 8 Supreme Court justices

President Buhari writes Senate, seeks confirmation of 8 Supreme Court justices

- Eight justices of the Appeal Court have been nominated as Supreme Court Justices

- The approval for the appointment was given by President Muhammadu Buhari

- The Nigerian leader in a letter asked the Senate to approve the appointment

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President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the Senate to seek confirmation of eight new appointments in the Supreme Court.

The Nigerian leader in a letter to the Nigerian Senate asked the red chamber to approve the appointment of eight justices.

Disclosing the president's request on the floor of the Senate, the president of the upper chamber Senator Ahmad Lawan raised the motion when he read the letter on Tuesday, September 29.

President Buhari writes Senate, seeks confirmation of 8 Supreme Court justices
President Buhari has asked the Senate to confirm 8 Supreme Court justices. Photo credit: MBuhari.
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Buhari's letter to the upper chamber reads in parts:

“Pursuant to Section 231 (2) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, and upon the advice of the National Judicial Council, I hereby present for confirmation by the Senate, the appointment of the underlisted Eight (8) Justices of the Court of Appeal as Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, according to their ranking of seniority at the Court of Appeal.”

According to Channels Television, the judges include:

1. Lawal Garba, (North West)

2. Helen Ogunwumiju (South West)

3. Abdu Aboki (North West)

4. M M Saulawa (North West)

5. Adamu Jauro (North East)

6. Samuel Oseji (Souty South)

7. Tijani Abubakar (North East)

8. Emmanuel Agim (South South)

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Meanwhile, reported that the Nigerian president appointed 11 judges for the Federal Capital Territory High Court.

President Buhari sent the names of the judges to the Senate for confirmation according to a letter which was reportedly read out by the Senate president at the start of the plenary on Tuesday, July 7.

In a related development, a bill seeking to grant immunity to the Supreme Court justices, chief judges of the Federal High Court, the 36 states state high courts and that of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has scaled second reading at House of Representatives.

The bill seeks to alter section 308 of the 1999 constitution as amended by restricting legal proceedings against heads of courts in the country.

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