Full List Emerges as NJC Okays Appointment of 11 Supreme Court Justices, Others

Full List Emerges as NJC Okays Appointment of 11 Supreme Court Justices, Others

  • The National Judicial Council (NJC) has recommended 11 justices of the Court of Appeal for elevation to the Supreme Court bench
  • NJC said that the council took the decision at its 104th meeting after considering the list of candidates presented by its interview committee
  • The meeting was chaired by the chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), Olukayode Ariwoola, who doubles as NJC’s chairperson

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FCT, Abuja - The National Judicial Council (NJC) has approved the appointment of 11 justices of the Court of Appeal for elevation to the Supreme Court.

The NJC took the decision during its meeting which ended late on Wednesday, December 6, Channels Television reported.

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The National Judicial Council has the power to appoint and exercise disciplinary control over judicial officers. Photo credit: Aso Rock Villa
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This was contained in a statement by the NJC’s director of information, Soji Oye.

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Per The Nation newspaper, Oye said the swearing-in of all recommended candidates to the Supreme Court bench will take place after President Bola Tinubu approves their recommendation and the Senate confirms their appointment.

Legit.ng understands that Wednesday's meeting is the last for the year 2023.

Those recommended for elevation to the Supreme Court are:

  1. Justice Jummai Hannatu Sankey
  2. Justice Chidiebere Nwaoma Uwa
  3. Justice Chioma Egondu Nwosu-Iheme
  4. Justice Haruna Simon Tsammani
  5. Justice Moore Aseimo A. Adumein
  6. Justice Obande Festus Ogbuinya
  7. Justice Stephen Jonah Adah
  8. Justice Habeeb Adewale O. Abiru
  9. Justice Jamilu Yammama Tukur
  10. Justice Abubakar Sadiq Umar
  11. Justice Mohammed Baba Idris

Furthermore, the NJC recommended the appointment of Justice Mohammed Ramat to the Court of Appeal, as well as six heads of courts and 26 other judicial officers.

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Supreme Court asked to sack Tinubu

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Hope Democratic Party (HDP) asked the Supreme Court to sack President Tinubu.

The HDP and its 2019 presidential candidate, Ambrose Owuru, said Tinubu should be sacked for unlawfully presenting himself for inauguration on May 29 as president when he is aware of a pending appeal against the conduct of the 2023 presidential election at the apex court.

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Legit.ng also reported that Ariwoola emphasised the judiciary's commitment to making decisions independent of public sentiment.

Amid accusations of bias in electoral dispute rulings resulting in the removal of governors and lawmakers, the CJN urged judges to stand firm.

Source: Legit.ng

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