- A suit challenging President Buhari’s appointment of 21 judges has been dismissed
- In its ruling on Wednesday, September 30, the judge held that the plaintiff lacked the legal right to approach the court to file the suit
- The suit was filed by a group made up of 15 Senior Advocates of Nigeria
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The suit challenging President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointment of 21 judges in the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has been dismissed by the Federal High Court in Abuja, on Wednesday, September 30.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/602/2020 was filled by a group made up of 15 Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN).
In his ruling, Justice Okon Abang held that the plaintiff lacked the legal right to approach the court to file the suit
The judge also dismissed the suit on the grounds that the court had no jurisdiction over the matter since it had to do with the employment of the persons recommended and be appointed by the president.
He went on to rule that since the applicant’s legal right had to be determined first, the application by the plaintiff to transfer the matter to the National Industrial Court of the Federal High Court Rule would be baseless.
The senior lawyers had argued among others that the nominees affected did not meet the requirements stipulated in existing provisions for the appointment of judicial officers in Nigeria
They asked the court to among others, set aside the recommendation of the nominees by the National Judicial Council (NJC) for appointment as judges.
The plaintiff urged the court to declare that the Judicial Service Committee acted in gross abuse of power when it submitted the nominations to the NJC for appointment as judges.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Federal High Court in Abuja ruled that President Buhari contravened provisions of the constitution when he forwarded the list of recommended lawyers to the Senate for confirmation as judges.
The court held on Wednesday, September 23, said 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.
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