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NJC Asks Supreme Court, Others To Appoint 22 Judges

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NJC Asks Supreme Court, Others To Appoint 22 Judges

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has recommended the appointment of 22 judges for the Supreme Court and various other courts in the country.

This was made known in a statement on Thursday by the Director of Information of the NJC, Mr Soji Oye.

According to Oye, the NJC made the recommendation to the Supreme Court at its second virtual meeting held on August 11 and 12, 2020.

The meeting which was chaired by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad, recommended a total of 22 judicial officers across various courts.

The recommended candidate for the Supreme Court bench which currently has 12 Justices, will add to the list of four others whom the NJC had recommended to President Muhammadu Buhari since last year.

The 22 judicial officers newly recommended by the NJC are for appointment as Justices of the apex court, and as heads of other courts, judges of High Court states, Kadis of states Sharia courts and judges of Customary Courts of Appeal.

The appointments of the 22 candidates are to take effect after the approval of either Buhari or the governors of the relevant states, as the case may be.

Oye added that the council also issued “a warning letter to Hon. Justice K. N. Ogbonnaya of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory following its findings on the petition written against him by Dr. Uchechukwu Samson Ogah, OON, that His Lordship refused to release a copy of Judgment delivered to the petitioner within the constitutionally prescribed period of seven days.”

Ogbolu George is a graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Benin. He loves politics, is a movie addict and a die-hard Arsenal fan. George is a Senior Content Creator at Naija News.