Nigeria Judicial Council recommends appointment of four new Supreme Court justices

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The National Judicial Council has recommended the appointment of four new Justices for the Supreme Court to President Muhammadu Buhari for approval.

They include Justices Adamu Jauro (North-East), Emmanuel A. Agim, (South-South), C. Oseji (South-South) and Helen M. Ogunwumiju (South-West).

The council also recommended the appointment of four new heads of court, 13 judicial officers for federal and state high courts and one Khadi of Sharia Court of Appeal.

The NJC further placed eight judges under investigations for various allegations of official misconducts.

According to a statement by the NJC’s Director of Information, Soji Oye, the council recommended the appointment of Justice Tsoho Terhemba as the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court and Justice B. B. Kanyip as President of National Industrial Court.

It also recommended the appointment of Justice Esther Edigin as the Chief Judge of Edo State and Justice Eunice Aderonke Alade as President, Customary court of Appeal, Ondo State.

The council also recommended the appointments of new judges of state high courts to their governors.

For Osun, they are Mathias Agboola, Sikiru A. Oke, Olorunfemi Ajanaku and Lawrence Arojo; Bawa Baba (Nasarawa), Nkeruwem Obot (Akwa Ibom), Yahaya Adamu (Kogi) as well as Onyinye Anumonye and Victoria Nwoye for Anambra State.

Others are Goje Hamman (Gombe); Benson Anya, Enyinnaya Okezie and Adiele Ogbonna (Abia) as well as Ibrahim Alhaji Ya’u as Khadi of Sharia Court of Appeal, Jigawa State.

“Council at the meeting deliberated on the Report of its Preliminary Complaints Assessment Committee and decided to empanel eight committees to investigate eight judicial officers from among the 35 petitions written against 37 judges of the federal and state high courts.

“The remaining petitions were summarily dismissed for obvious and manifest lack of merit, being subjudice, concerning administrative matters, or that such petitions were matters for appeal,” the statement said.

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