NJC Recommends Wike’s Wife for Court of Appeal, CJN’s Daughter in Law For High Court

NJC Recommends Wike’s Wife for Court of Appeal, CJN’s Daughter in Law For High Court

  • Justice Suzette Eberechi Wike, wife of Nyesom Wike, was among 22 successful candidates recommended by the NJC for appointment as justices of the appeal court
  • Similarly, the NJC recommended for appointment as judge the daughter-in-law of the chief justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola
  • Critics have said in these appointments, they can see all the characteristics of nepotism

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FCT, Abuja - The National Judicial Council (NJC) has recommended Justice Eberechi Nyesom-Wike Suzzette, wife of Nyesom Wike, the minister of the federal capital territory (FCT) for promotion to the court of appeal.

Suzzette is a judge at Rivers state high court.

Wike’s wife and CJN’s daughter-in-law as NJC appoints 86 new judges in Nigeria
Wike's wife elevated to appeal court bench. Photo credit: @GovWike
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NJC appoints 86 new judges

Wike, Suzzette's spouse, governed Rivers state from 2015 to 2023.

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As reported by The Punch on Friday, May 17, Ariwoola Oluwakemi Victoria, the daughter-in-law to the chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), Olukayode Ariwoola, was among the list of 12 judges recommended for elevation to the federal high court in Abuja.

Soji Oye, NJC’s director of information, announced the development in a statement dated Thursday, May 16, 2024.

The NJC, a statutory body concerned with the appointment and discipline of judges, said it considered the recommendation of its interview committee on appointment of judicial officers of all superior courts of record in Nigeria.

NJC noted that it resolved to recommend the 86 judicial officers for appointment to the appellate court, high court of the FCT, Sharia courts of appeal and customary courts of appeal of states in Nigeria.

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The NJC's statement partly reads:

"All recommended candidates are expected to be sworn in after the approval of the NJC recommendations to the president and their respective state governors."

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers state appointed Justice Mary Odili (rtd) as the pro-chancellor and chairman of the governing council of the Rivers State University (RSU).

This came as Fubara reconstituted the governing councils of the state's tertiary institutions: the RSU and the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAUE).

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