NJC Recommends Appointment Of 28 Judges, Issues Strict Warning To Two Jurists

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The National Judicial Council (NJC) has recommended the appointment of 26 judges across the federation.

In a statement issued on Friday by its spokesman, Soji Oye, the council also issued a strict warning to two judges.

According to the statement, the NJC took the decisions after a meeting held on March 17-18 under the Chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Honourable Justice Ibrahim Muhammad.

“The National Judicial Council under the Chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Honourable Dr. Justice I. T. Muhammad CFR, at its 94 th Meeting held on 17 to 18 March 2021, considered the list of candidates presented by its Interview Committee and resolved to recommend to President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, and the Governors of Rivers, Nasarawa, Kogi, Jigawa, Ebonyi and Delta States twenty-six (26) successful candidates for appointment as Justices of Court of Appeal and Heads of Court in Nigeria,” the statement partly read.

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“Council decided to issue strong warning letters to Hon. Justices Mufutau Olokoba and M. A. Savage of the Lagos State High Court.

“Hon. Justice Olokoba was reprimanded and also put on the watch list of the Council for his failure to deliver judgement within the Constitutional period of 90 days and Hon. Justice Savage was reprimanded for not being in charge of his Court.”

SEE FULL STATEMENT BELOW:

PRESS RELEASE

18 March 2021

 NJC recommends the appointment of twenty-six (26) Judicial Officers, eighteen (18) Justices of the Court of Appeal and eight (8) Heads of Court; Empanels Committee to investigate one Judge; Issues two strong warning letters to Judges

The National Judicial Council under the Chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Honourable Dr. Justice I. T. Muhammad CFR, at its 94th Meeting held on 17 to 18 March 2021, considered the list of candidates presented by its Interview Committee and resolved to recommend to President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, and the Governors of Rivers, Nasarawa, Kogi, Jigawa, Ebonyi and the Delta States twenty-six (26) successful candidates for appointment as Justices of Court of Appeal and Heads of Court in Nigeria.

They are as follows:

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  1. EIGHTEEN (18) JUSTICES, COURT OF APPEAL
  2. i) Hon. Justice Bature Isah Gafai
  3. ii) Hon. Justice Muhammad Ibrahim Sirajo

iii) Hon. Justice Waziri Abdul-Azeez

  1. iv) Hon. Justice Yusuf Alhaji Bashir
  2. v) Hon. Justice Usman A. Musale
  3. vi) Hon. Justice Jauro Ibrahim Wakili

vii) Hon. Justice Abba Bello Mohammed

viii) Hon. Grand Kadi Mohammed Danjuma

  1. ix) Hon. Justice Danlami Zama Senchi
  2. x) Hon. Justice Mohammed Lawal Abubakar
  3. xi) Hon. Justice Hassan Muslim Sule

xii) Hon. Justice Amadi Kenneth Ikechukwu

xiii) Hon. Justice Peter Oyinkenimiemi Affen

xiv) Hon. Justice Sybil Onyeji Nwaka Gbagi

  1. xv) Hon. Justice Olasumbo Olanrewaju Goodluck

xvi) Hon. Justice Banjoko Adebukunola Adeoti Ibironke

xvii) Hon. Justice Olabode Abimbola Adegbehingbe

xviii) Hon. Justice Bola Samuel Ademola

  1. CHIEF JUDGE, FCT, ABUJA
  2. i) Hon. Justice Salisu Garba Abdullahi
  3. CHIEF JUDGE, RIVERS STATE
  4. i) Hon. Justice Simeon Chibuzor Amadi
  5. CHIEF JUDGE, NASARAWA STATE
  6. i) Hon. Justice Aisha Bashir Aliyu
  7. CHIEF JUDGE, KOGI STATE
  8. i) Hon. Justice Sunday Omeiza Otu
  9. CHIEF JUDGE, JIGAWA STATE
  10. i) Hon. Justice Umar Maigari Sadiq
  11. CHIEF JUDGE, EBONYI STATE
  12. i) Hon. Justice Ngene Anagu Elvis
  13. CHIEF JUDGE, DELTA STATE
  14. i) Hon. Justice Theresa T. Obiajulu Ogochukwu Diai
  15. PRESIDENT, CUSTOMARY COURT OF APPEAL,

DELTA STATE

  1. i) Hon. Justice Patience Onuwa Elumeze

4 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 States Houses of Assembly.

Council at the Meeting deliberated on the Reports on 24 petitions written against 29 Judges presented by its Preliminary Complaints Assessment Committee and decided to empanel an investigation Committee against one Judge and issued two strong warning letters against 2 Judges of the Federal and State High Courts. It also resolved to set up a Medical Board to ascertain the health status of one Judge.

Council decided to issue strong warning letters to Hon. Justices Mufutau Olokoba and M. A. Savage of the Lagos State High Court.

5 Hon. Justice Olokoba was reprimanded and also put on the watch list of the Council for his failure to deliver judgement within the Constitutional period of 90 days and Hon. Justice Savage was reprimanded for not being in charge of his Court.

The remaining petitions were summarily dismissed for obvious and manifest lack of merit, being subjudice, overtaken by events, or that such petitions were matters for appeal.

The dismissed petitions were against Hon. Justices Rita Nosakhare Pemu, Ita G. Mbaba and Theresa Ngolika Orji-Abadua all of Owerri Division of the Court of Appeal; Hon. Justices O. O. Oguntoyinbo and A. Lewis- Allagoa of the Federal High Court, Hon. Justice Anslem A. Nwaigwe, Chief Judge of Ebonyi State, Hon. Justices M. A. Abubakar, Binta Bawa Rijau of Niger State High

6 Court, Hon. Justice Maurice Odey Eneji of Cross River State and Hon. Justice Kulu Aliyu, Chief Judge, Zamfara State.

Other petitions dismissed were those written against Hon. Justice S. O. Falola of Osun State Judiciary; Hon. Justices C. C. Okaa, S. N. Odili and P. C. Obiorah, all of Anambra State High Court; Hon. Justice Chukwuemeka – Chikeka, Hon. Justice Ijeoma O. Agugua, Acting Chief Judge of Imo State; Hon. Justice Y. A. Adesanya of the Lagos State Judiciary and Hon. Justices Godwin O. Ollor and S. H. Aprioku of Rivers State High Court.

Similarly, Council dismissed petitions written against Hon. Justices Hadiza H. Ali-Jos, E. B. Omotoso, I. Ityonyiman, W. O. Animasahun, A. A. Aderibigbe and Hon Kadi M. Y. Usman who served in two Election Petition Tribunals.

7 Council also received notifications of the retirement of seventeen (17) Judicial Officers and notifications of death of three Judges from the Federal and State Judiciaries.

Soji Oye, Esq

Director, Information

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