NJC to select 11 new Justices for Supreme Court Job

Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) and chairman of National Judicial Council (NJC), Olukayode Ariwoola, will in his last quarterly meeting of the council on Wednesday and Thursday, unveil new 11 Justices of the Supreme Court for transmission to President Bola Tinubu’s approval.

Government, recently, approved appointment of additional justices for the apex court that had been depleted over the years to 10 instead of 21.

The nominations were made public about 36 hours after the CJN notified that the court would receive the constitutionally prescribed 21 justices during his tenure.

The 11 justices would be selected from the 22 screened by the Justice Kudirat Kekere Ekun-led appointment committee.

The panel shortlisted the candidates and recommended them for ratification.
“The panel will defend their decisions regarding each of the candidates at the meeting.”


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The tradition for the appointment of justices to the Supreme Court of Nigeria is such that after nomination and ratification by the NJC, the list is thereafter forwarded to the President for final approval as the federal appointing authority,”.

Those recommended by the panel for ratification by NJC and onward transmission to the President include heads of courts and Judges from state judicial divisions.

All nominees, including those being elevated from the Court of Appeal, have been screened and cleared by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Department of State Security (DSS) and relevant agencies.

Meanwhile, the council retained its recognition of Osun Chief Judge, Adepele Ojo, as head of the judicial division.

BELOW ARE THE NOMINATED JUSTICES OF COURT OF APPEAL RECOMMENDED TO THE NJC FOR ELEVATION TO THE SUPREME COURT

(1) SOUTH EAST

1 Hon Justice Nwaoma Uwa (Abia State)-Priority 1A.Hon Justice Onyekachi Otisi (Abia State) -Reserve

2 Hon Justice Obande Ogbuinya (Ebonyi State)-Priority

2A Hon Justice Theresa Orji-Abadua (Imo State)- Reserve

3 Hon Justice Anthony Ogakwu (Enugu State)-Priority

3A Hon Justice Chioma Nwosu-lheme (Imo State)-Reserve

(2) SOUTH SOUTH

1 Hon Justice Moore Adumein (Bayelsa State)-Priority

1A Hon Justice Biobele Georgewill (Rivers State)-Reserve

(3) SOUTH WEST

1 Hon Justice Adewale Abiru (Lagos State)-Priority

1A Hon Justice Olubunmi Oyewole (Osun State)-Reserve

(4) NORTH CENTRAL

1 Hon Jummai Sankey (Plateau State)-Priority

1A Hon Justice Muhammad Ibrahim Sirajo (Plateau)-Reserve

2 Hon Justice Stephen Adah (Kogi State)-Priority

2A Hon Justice Ridman Maiwada Abdullahi (Nassarawa State) -Reserve

3 Hon Justice Baba Idris (Niger State)-Priority

3A Hon Justice Joseph Ikyegh (Benue State)-Reserve

(5) NORTH EAST

1 Hon Justice Haruna Simon Tsammani (Bauchi State)-Priority

1A Hon Justice Abubakar Talba (Adamawa State)

(6) NORTH WEST

1. Hon Justice Muhammad Lawal Shuaibu (Jigawa State)-Priority

1A. Hon Justice Bello Aliyu (Zamfara State) -Reserve

2. Hon Justice Abubakar Sadiq Umar (Kebbi State)-Priority

2A Hon Justice Abdullahi Mahmud Bayero (Kano State)-Reserve


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