The National Judicial Council, NJC has recommended four justices to President Muhammadu Buhari for Supreme court appointment.
Among them are two members of the 2019 presidential election petition court that upheld the election of President Muhammadu Buhari; namely Justice Abdu Aboki and Mohammed Garba.
The other two who made the list are Justices Tijjani Abubakar and Mohammed Saulawa.
Their nomination was announced in a statement by the Director of Information of the National Judicial Council, Soji Oye.
According to the statement issued on Friday, Justice Abubakar represented the North-East Zone on the apex court’s bench, while the remaining three nominees are to represent North-West.
The latest recommendation formed part of the decisions by the NJC at its second virtual meeting held on August 11 and 12 and chaired by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Muhammad.
The newly recommended four nominees will add to the previous four, to make a new list of eight candidates recommended for appointment to the apex court’s bench.
The statement also revealed that the council after considering a report from its Preliminary Complaints Assessment Committee on Petitions, the NJC dismissed the allegations of misconduct levelled against 16 judges, for either lacking in merit or for being subjudice.
SEE THE FULL STATEMENT BELOW:
13th August 2020
NJC recommends appointment of four (4) Justices, Supreme Court of Nigeria, three (3) Heads of Court, eleven (11) Judges for State High Courts and four (4) Kadis, of Sharia Court of Appeal
The National Judicial Council under the Chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Honourable Dr. Justice I. T. Muhammad CFR, at its 2nd Virtual Meeting held on 11th and 12th August, 2020, considered the list of candidates presented by its Interview Committee and resolved to recommend the under-listed names of twenty-two (22) successful candidates to President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, and their respective State Governors for appointment as Justices of Supreme Court of Nigeria, Heads of Court and other Judicial Officers in Nigeria.
They are as follows:
- APPOINTMENT OF FOUR (4) JUSTICES, SUPREME COURT OF NIGERIA
- i) Justice Tijjani Abubakar
- ii) Justice Mohammed L. Garba
iii) Hon. Justice Abdu Aboki
- iv) Justice Mohammed M. Saulawa
The Supreme Court of Nigeria currently have a total number of 12 Justices including the Hon. The Chief Justice of Nigeria, consisting of two (2) Justices from North Central, one (1) from the North East, one (1) from North West, three (3) from South East, one (1) from the South South and three (3) from the South West.
- APPOINTMENT CHIEF JUDGE, YOBE STATE
- i) Justice Gumna Kashim Kaigama
- APPOINTMENT OF GRAND KADI, SHARIA COURT OF APPEAL, KATSINA STATE
- i) Kadi Muhammed Abubakar
- APPOINTMENT OF PRESIDENT, CUSTOMARY COURT OF APPEAL, IMO STATE
- i) Justice Mathew Emeka Njoku
- APPOINTMENT OF SIX (6) JUDGES, HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE, KANO STATE
- i) Jamilu Shehu Suleiman
- ii) Maryam Ahmen Sabo
iii) Sanusi Ado Ma’aji
- iv) Abdu Maiwada Abubakar
- v) Zuwaira Yusuf
- vi) Hafsat Yahaya Sani
- APPOINTMENT OF TWO (2) JUDGES, HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE, TARABA STATE
- i) Clara Jummai Kataps
- ii) Kazera Blessing Kodiya
- APPOINTMENT OF FOUR (4) KADIS SHARIA COURT OF APPEAL, KADUNA STATE
- i) Muhammad Aminu Danjuma
- ii) Mustapha Umar
iii) Muhammad Tukur Rashid
- iv) Muhammad Nasir Sidi
- APPOINTMENT OF THREE (3) JUDGES, CUSTOMARY COURT OF APPEAL, DELTA STATE
- i) Gabriel Nkeiruka Dele Okafor
- ii) Grace Abanre Ibiye
iii) Jessica Susan Gberevbie
All recommended candidates are expected to be sworn-in after approval by the President, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR and their respective State Governors and confirmation by the National Assembly and the respective State House of Assemblies.
Soji Oye, Esq