Appointment of Judges: Nominate 9 more Senior Lawyers for appointment to the Bench – FHC chief Judge

The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Honourable Justice John T. Tsoho has asked for the nomination of additional nine senior lawyers for appointment to the bench.


In a letter dated 11th January with the title ‘Appointment of ¬†Further Nine¬†¬† (9) Judges For The¬†¬† Federal High¬† Court Bench’ and addressed to the CJN, President and Justices of the Appeal Court, President of the National Industrial court, Attorney General of the Federation, President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Chief Judges of the 36 states and the FCT and the heads of all the Customary and Sharia Courts of Appeal, the Chief Judge noted that the nine judges are to be appointed from six states; Bayelsa,¬† ¬†Ebonyi, ¬†Gombe, ¬†Kebbi,¬† ¬†Ogun and Oyo

‚ÄúThis notice is ¬†consequent upon ¬†the ¬†approval of ¬†the ¬†Hon.,¬† ¬†the ¬†Chief¬† ¬†Justice of ¬†Nigeria¬† ¬†and¬† ¬†Chairman¬†¬† ¬†National¬†¬† ¬†Judicial¬†¬† ¬†Council¬† ¬†for¬† ¬†the ¬†appointment¬†¬† ¬†of further¬† ¬†Nine¬† ¬†(9) ¬†Judges,¬†¬† ¬†separate¬† ¬†from¬†¬† ¬†the ¬†pending ¬†exercise¬† ¬†for¬† ¬†the appointment¬† ¬†of fifteen ¬†(15) ¬†Judges ¬†earlier¬†¬† ¬†approved,¬† ¬†I¬† therefore ¬†write to ¬†inform Your Lordships, the ¬†Hon. ¬†Attorney¬† ¬†General¬† ¬†and Minister¬†¬† ¬†of ¬†Justice ident¬† ¬†of the Nigeria¬† ¬†Bar ¬†Association,¬†¬† ¬†that ¬†the exercise ¬†for ¬†the consideration¬†¬† ¬†of ¬†Candidates¬† ¬†for¬† ¬†possible¬† ¬†appointment¬†¬†¬† ¬†to ¬†the ¬†Bench of ¬†the Federal¬† ¬†High¬† ¬†Court with ¬†regards ¬†to some States ¬†will¬† ¬†soon commence‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúThe States in ¬†issue¬† ¬†include Bayelsa,¬† ¬†Ebonyi, ¬†Gombe, ¬†Kebbi,¬† ¬†Ogun and Oyo‚ÄĚ

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“In  line with  the   NJC  Guidelines     and Procedural  Rules for   Appointment    of Judicial    Officers    of   Superior  Courts,    I  therefore   invite   Your  Lordships, the  Hon. Attorney   General of  the  Federal and Minister    of  Justice   and the President    Nigerian     Bar  Association    to  kindly  nominate  suitably  qualified persons   from   the  aforementioned    States  for  appointment   to  the  Federal High Court  Bench.


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