NJC recommends appointment of 11 Supreme Court Justices, others

THE National Judicial Council (NJC) has recommended the appointment of 11 justices to the Supreme Court.

The council also recommended one justice of the Court of Appeal, six heads of courts and 26 other judicial officers to President Bola Tinubu for approval.

A statement by the apex court’s Director of Information, Soji Oye, said the recommendation was made at the 104th meeting of the council in Abuja on Wednesday, December 6.

According to the statement, the recommended candidates would be sworn in sequel to the approval of their recommendation by Tinubu and the subsequent confirmation of their appointment by the Senate.

In October, The ICIR reported concerns over a drop in Nigerian Supreme Court justices, coming short of the court’s full complement of 21 justices as stipulated in the Constitution.

The number had decreased to 10 after the retirement of a justice, Musa Dattijo Muhammad, on October 26, 2023.

However, with the appointment of the recommended candidates, the Supreme Court will have the full complement of 21 justices, as enshrined in the Constitution.

Below are the eleven (11) justices recommended by the NJC for the Supreme Court bench:

Justice Jummai Hannatu Sankey

 Justice Chidiebere Nwaoma Uwa

Justice Chioma Egondu Nwosu-Iheme

Justice Haruna Simon Tsammani

Justice Moore Aseimo A. Adumein

Justice Obande Festus Ogbuinya

Justice Stephen Jonah Adah

Justice Habeeb Adewale O. Abiru

Justice Jamilu Yammama Tukur

Hon. Justice Abubakar Sadiq Umar

    Justice Mohammed Baba Idris

     The NJC recommended Mohammed Ahmed Ramat as the Court of Appeal Justice.

    It also recommended candidates for various heads of courts across states, such as Taraba, Kebbi, Ogun, Zamfara, Nasarawa, Bayelsa, Kano and Oyo.

    “The various heads of court recommended would also be sworn-in upon the approval of their appointment by their various state governors and subsequent confirmation of same by their respective state Houses of Assembly.”

    Usman Mustapha is a solution journalist with International Centre for Investigative Reporting. You can easily reach him via: [email protected]. He tweets @UsmanMustapha_M

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