- The number of judges in the Supreme Court is now 20
- The number rose after CJN Tanko Muhammad swore in eight new judges
- Some of the new judges are from the southern region, while others are from the northern part of the country
Eight Supreme Court judges were on Friday, November 6, sworn in by Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad, increasing the number from 12 to 20.
Justice Muhammad presided over the swearing-in ceremony in Abuja on Friday, a report from Punch claims.
Among the newly sworn-in judges are Lawal Garba (northwest), Helen Ogunwumiju (southwest), Abdu Aboki (northwest), and M. M. Saulawa (northwest).
Others are Adamu Jauro (northeast), Samuel Oseji (south-south), Tijani Abubakar (northeast) and Emmanuel Agim (south-south).
Recall that barely two months after the president elevated four judges from the northern region as apex court justices, eight more Nigerian judges were confirmed by the Nigerian Senate.
Their confirmation as justices of the Supreme Court was made during the plenary of the lawmakers on Tuesday, October 13, following the letter of President Muhammadu Buhari making such request.
Meanwhile, CJN on Monday, May 4, directed all heads of courts to abide by previous circulars shutting down courts to hear only urgent, essential and time-bound matters.
He said this would be pending the outcome of a committee set up to come up with recommendations on how to leverage on technology and hold the business of courts even during the COVID-19 period.
The circular dated May 4, with Ref. No. NJC/CIR/HOC/II/658 was issued to all heads of court in the federal and state judiciaries.
“Strategic measures and Guidance must be provided for Courts where physical hearings must be held and they must do so sparingly and in line with appropriate regulations and guidelines issued by the NJC, and the health protocols approved by the NCDC."
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