CJN Swears In Eight New Supreme Court Justices
The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad, has sworn in eight new Justices of the Supreme Court.
The swearing-in ceremony held on Friday at the Supreme Court in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
Shortly after the eight justices took turn to take their oath of office and oath of allegiance to the Nigerian Constitution, the CJN gave his remarks.
Justice Muhammad warned the newly appointed justices of the apex court to shun extraneous considerations while discharging their duties.
The justices, who were recently elevated from the Court of Appeal bench, comprise seven men and one woman, as well as five appointees from the North and three from the South.
They include Lawal Garba (North West), Helen Ogunwumiju (South West), Abdu Aboki (North West), and Mohammed Saulawa (North West).
Others are Adamu Jauro (North East), Samuel Oseji (Souty South), Tijani Abubakar (North East), and Emmanuel Agim (South South).
He was also confident that the new justices would remain morally upright as judicial officers with high integrity.
The courtroom was filled to capacity as lawyers, friends and associates of the newly appointed Supreme Court justices thronged the court to witness the swearing-in ceremony.
Notable among those present was a former Director-General of the Nigeria Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Professor Epiphany Azinge, as well as the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu, among others.
The recent inauguration of the judicial officers has raised the number of justices of the Supreme Court from 12 to 20.