NJC Recommendation: Justice Reform Project Challenges Shortlist, Asks Court To Restrain Buhari

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A group of like-minded senior lawyers under the aegis of ‘The Justice Reform Project’, (JRP) has asked a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to restrain President Muhammadu Buhari from appointing as judges, 21 persons recently recommended to him by the National Judicial Council, NJC.

The group is also urging the court to grant a perpetual injunction stopping the President from approving the appointment of the 21 persons, as judges of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja has failed to meet conditions for such appointment.

JRP, was set up in February 2019 with membership cutting across senior and junior lawyers. It consists of not less than 20 Senior Advocates of Nigeria with members including Kayode Sofola, Tani Molajo, Funke Adekoya, Femi Atoyebi, and Yemi Candide-Johnson.

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Apart from the President, JRP has listed the NJC, the Judicial Service Committee of the FCT, the Attorney General of the Federation, and the 21 nominated persons (who include Magistrates and lawyers) as defendants in the suit.

JRP also wants the court to decide whether, the NJC or the Judicial service committee of the FCT, has the power to recommend for appointment as judges, any person who neither meets the criteria nor satisfy the conditions laid down in the extant Guidelines and Procedural Rules for the Appointment of Judicial Officers in Nigeria.

The group is seeking a declaration of the court that the 5th to 25th Defendants are not suitable persons for appointment as judges,
having failed to meet the criteria and satisfy the conditions set out in the extant Guidelines and Procedural Rules.

In a 24 paragraph-affidavit sworn to by the Chairman of the JRP Governing Board, Mrs. Funke Adekoya (SAN), the group says, “it is concerned about the dysfunctional justice system in Nigeria” and it has therefore embarked on a mission to restore and sustain the integrity of the judiciary in order to regain public confidence in the dispensation of justice in the Nigerian Courts.

The suit has been assigned to Justice Okon Abang who has fixed the 10th of July for hearing.

NJC Clears Federal Judge Of Misconduct

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The National Judicial Council (NJC) has cleared a judge of the Federal High Court, Abuja, Justice Taiwo O. Taiwo of misconduct.

The Council chaired by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, dismissed a petition by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against the jurist.

Justice Muhammad held that the anti-graft agency’s letter, accusing the judge of wrongfully granting an ex parte application, was without merit.

He, therefore, advised the EFCC’s Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, to file an appeal, if he was dissatisfied with the decision.

This comes a month after the EFCC filed a petition claiming that Justice Taiwo granted an ex parte order restraining it from performing its statutory functions.

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But the Council, in its response made available to the EFCC today, said it considered the Commission’s claim and the judge’s response during an online meeting on 22 and 23 April 2020.

“After deliberation, the Council could not find any substance of infraction committed by the learned trial judge.

“Council also noted that all the steps taken by the learned trial judge in handling the cases were in accord with the laws and procedure legally available.

“Consequently, the Council dismissed the petition for lack of merit. You are therefore advised to appeal against the Ruling if you wish, please,”  the NJC said in a letter by its secretary, Ahmed Saleh.

Alleged Malpractice: NJC Suspends Two Judges

 

The National Judicial Council has suspended two judges, the Acting President of Customary Court of Appeal in Imo State, Justice Francis Abosi and Justice Aliyu Liman of the Bauchi State High Court.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Director of Information of the Council, Soji Oye, on Friday

According to the statement, the decision to sack the judges was taken during its 91st meeting held online on April 22, 2020, and it is expected to take effect immediately.

The statement further explained that Justice Francis Chukwuma Abosi, was recommended for compulsory retirement following the falsification of his date of birth from 1950 to 1958, having discovered that he was supposed to have retired in November 2015 when he attained the mandatory retirement age of 65 years.

The council also made a recommendation to Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State to deduct the salaries he had earned from November 2015 to date from his retirement benefit.

On the other hand, Justice Aliyu Liman of the Bauchi State High Court was also recommended to the state governor, Bala Mohammed for compulsory retirement, pursuant to the findings by the Council over his failure to deliver judgement in a suit between Abubakar Isa and Sheik Tahir Bauchi within the three-month period stipulated by the 1999 Constitution, having held onto the said judgement for almost four years.

Meanwhile, the council also constituted a 10-man committee to come up with urgent, practical and strategic measures to be put in place in order to ensure that courts continue to function despite the lockdown and the COVID-19 challenges.

The members are Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, Justice John Tsoho, Justice Benedict Kanyip, Justice Ishaq Bello, Justice Kashim Zannah, Justice Oyebola Ojo, Paul Usoro, Abubakar Mahmoud, Damian Dodo, and Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour as Chairman.

NJC Sacks Two Judges, Appoints 70 Others

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The National Judicial Council has suspended two judges, the Acting President of Customary Court of Appeal in Imo State, Justice Francis Abosi and Justice Aliyu Liman of Bauchi State High Court with immediate effect.

In a statement signed by the Director of Information of the Council, Mr Soji Oye, the decision to sack the Judges was taken during its 91st meeting held online on the April 22.

Justice Francis Abosi, was recommended for compulsory retirement following the falsification of his date of birth from 1950 to 1958, having discovered that he was supposed to have retired in November 2015 when he attained the mandatory retirement age of 65 years.

The Council also made a recommendation to Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo state to deduct the salaries he had earned from November 2015 to date from his retirement benefit.

Justice Aliyu Liman of Bauchi State High Court was also recommended to the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed for compulsory retirement pursuant to the findings by the Council over his failure to deliver judgement in a suit between Abubakar Isa and Sheik Tahir Bauchi within the three months period stipulated by the 1999 Constitution having held onto the said judgement for almost four years.

The Council headed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Mohammed also constituted a 10-man committee to come up with urgent practical strategic measures to be put in place in order to ensure Courts continue to function despite the lockdown and COVID-19 challenges.

Members are Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, Justice John Tsoho,  Justice Benedict  Kanyip, Justice Ishaq Bello, Justice Kashim Zannah, Justice Oyebola Ojo, Paul Usoro, Abubakar  Mahmoud, Damian Dodo,  and Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour as  Chairman.

The Committee is expected to come up with   Guidelines or template for implementation to explore possible areas of collaboration between the Judiciary and the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, stakeholders in the Justice Administration and Development Partners in Justice Administration Sector; and any other measures that the Committee may deem fit in realising these objectives and they have 14 days to submit its Report.

Petitions against Justice Othman Musa of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Justices Muhammed Sambo and Sa’ad Zadawa of the High Court of Justice, Bauchi State were dismissed for lacking in merit.

The Council also decided to report Apeiyi Clement, Ifeanyi Egwasi, Nwafor Orizu, Godwin Chukwukwere, Akopde  Ukuku,  Emefo Etudo, Osamudiamen Obarogie and B. S. Onuegbu to the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee (LPDC) for various acts ranging from unruly behaviour like walking out of Court in the cause of proceedings to submission of false documents to Court.

Also, 70 Judicial Officers were recommended for appointment as President, Court of Appeal, Grand Kadis, President, Customary Court of Appeal and Judges of High Court of States and the Federal Capital Territory and Kadis of States Sharia Courts of Appeal.

NJC Recommends Appointment Of 33 Judges In 11 States

BREAKING: NJC Holds Emergency Meeting Over Onnoghen's Suspension
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The National Judicial Council (NJC) has approved the appointments of 33 heads of courts in 11 states across the country.

NJC’s Director of Information, Soji Oye, disclosed this in a statement forwarded to Channels Television on Thursday.

He explained that the Council considered the list of candidates presented by its Interview Committee during its meeting which held on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Oye said the Council then resolved to recommend the names of the candidates to the governors of the respective states.

They are Anambra, Kebbi, Cross River, Zamfara, Ogun, Osun, Rivers, Imo, Sokoto, Ekiti and Niger States.

Read the full statement below:

19TH DECEMBER, 2019

NJC recommends appointment of (6) Heads of Court, and (26) Twenty-six Judicial Officers for State High Courts and one (1) Kadi, 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 Meeting of 17th and 18th December, 2019, considered the list of candidates presented by its Interview Committee and resolved to recommend to the Governors of Anambra, Kebbi, Cross River, Zamfara, Ogun, Osun, Rivers, Imo, Sokoto, Ekiti and Niger States, Thirty-three (33) successful candidates for appointment as Heads of Courts and other Judicial Officers in Nigeria.

They are as follows:

APPOINTMENT OF CHIEF JUDGE, ANAMBRA STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE

Hon. Justice Onochie Manasseh Anyachebelu

 

APPOINTMENT OF CHIEF JUDGE, KEBBI STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE

Hon. Justice Mohammed Suleiman Ambursa

 

APPOINTMENT OF CHIEF JUDGE, CROSS RIVER STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE

Hon. Justice Akon Bassey Ikpeme

 

APPOINTMENT OF GRAND KADI, ZAMFARA STATE SHARIA COURT OF APPEAL

Hon. Kadi Umaru Muhammad Gusau

 

APPOINTMENT OF PRESIDENT, CUSTOMARY COURT OF APPEAL, OGUN STATE

Hon. Justice Mobolaji Ayodele Ojo

 

APPOINTMENT OF PRESIDENT, CUSTOMARY COURT OF APPEAL, OSUN STATE

Hon. Justice Foluke Eunice Awolalu

 

APPOINTMENT OF FOUR (4) JUDGES, RIVERS STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE

Stephens Dirialakeibama Jumbo

Chuku Mark Onyema

Ngbor-Abina Lemea

Fibresima Florence Atili

 

APPOINTMENT OF TWO (2) JUDGES, OGUN STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE

Olufunmilayo O. Stanley

Olukemi Olusola Yetunde Oresanya

 

APPOINTMENT OF SEVEN (7) JUDGES, IMO STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE

Onyeka Vincent Ifeanyichukwu

Leweanya Kechinyere A.

Victoria Chinyere Isiguzo

Vivian O. B. Ekezie

Eze Nonye Eke

Ihuoma Grace Chukwunyere

Ibeawuchi Edith Chinyere

 

APPOINTMENT OF THREE (3) JUDGES, SOKOTO STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE

Aminu Garba Sifawa

Mohammed Mohammed

Raliya Uthman Muhammad

 

APPOINTMENT OF ONE (1) JUDGE, EKITI STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE

Obafemi Makanju Fasanmi

 

APPOINTMENT OF THREE (3) JUDGES, NIGER STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE

Salisu Alhassan Majidadi

Binta Bawa

Danladi Ahmad

 

APPOINTMENT OF ONE (1) KADI, KEBBI STATE SHARIA COURT OF APPEAL

Bello Khalid Jega

 

APPOINTMENT OF ONE (1) JUDGE, CUSTOMARY COURT OF APPEAL, RIVERS STATE

Amadi Ericonda

 

APPOINTMENT OF THREE (3) JUDGES, OGUN STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE

Michael Kolawole Peters

Anthony Olusesan Araba

Adebisi Olusola Femi-Segun

 

APPOINTMENT OF TWO (2) JUDGES, CUSTOMARY COURT OF APPEAL, IMO STATE

Obichere Ijeoma Josephine

Nze Ifeanyi Tennyson

 

All recommended candidates are expected to be sworn-in after approval by their respective State Governors and confirmation by the respective State House of Assembly.

Soji Oye, Esq

Director, Information

APC Reports Akwa Ibom Senatorial Election Appeal Panel To NJC

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has reported a panel of the Court of Appeal sitting in Calabar, Cross River State to the National Judicial Council (NJC).

APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, confirmed in a statement on Monday that the party has taken the decision to report the panel which recognised Senator Albert Akpan as the winner of the Akwa Ibom North-East Senatorial District election to the judicial body.

The party condemned the October 18 judgement which upheld the victory of the lawmaker who contested on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), describing it as “strange”.

Issa-Onilu said, “The Court of Appeal’s strange ‘judgement’ was delivered in blatant disobedience of the directive of the President of the Court of Appeal (PCA), Justice Zainab Adamu Bulkachuwa who had disbanded the appeal panel and constituted a new panel eight clear days before it determined the appeal filed by the All Progressive Congress (APC) and Hon Bassey Etim, the Party’s senatorial candidate in the 2019 National Assembly election in Akwa Ibom.”

“The party’s legal department will in due course submit a formal petition to the NJC over this travesty,” he added.

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The party’s spokesman said the APC would not join issues with the judgement, claiming that the panel of justices that decided the case had been disbanded by the President of the Court of Appeal before the panel began sitting.

He added that the members of the panel had been transferred out of the jurisdiction of the case.

“We wonder why a member of a disbanded panel became so interested on a matter before another panel that it had to sit and read out a ‘judgement’ purportedly on behalf of other members of a non-existent panel.

“We ask, what exactly was at stake? We state clearly that any judgment given without jurisdiction is illegal and a nullity,” Issa-Onilu stated.

According to him, the party is urging the Court of Appeal to set aside the judgement and fix a new date for the hearing of the appeal de novo.

The APC spokesman also stressed that it was important for the NJC to take decisive actions to call the panel to order.

He noted that Section 246(3) of the 1999 Constitution has empowered the Court of Appeal as the final law court on National Assembly elections in Nigeria.

Issa-Onilu, therefore, noted that while the powers of final decision on petitions arising from National Assembly election rest with the Court of Appeal, proceedings must be conducted by a properly constituted court with due regard for a fair hearing.

“We shall pursue the cause of justice on this matter, including filing a formal petition against the members of the panel before the NJC, to a logical conclusion,” he said.

NJC Sets Up Panels To Probe Eight Judges

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The National Judicial Council (NJC) has set up committees to investigate eight judges for alleged judicial misconduct.

This was disclosed at its meeting held in Abuja on Thursday while recommending the appointment of  four Supreme Court Justices, four Heads of Court, thirteen Judicial Officers for Federal and State High Courts and one Kadi for Sharia Court of Appeal;

The council asked President Muhammadu Buhari to give approval for the appointment of the apex court Justices and some state governors for the Judges of the state high courts.

READ ALSO: NJC Recommends Appointment Of Four Supreme Court Judges, Other Officers

Those recommended for the Supreme Court seat are Justices Adamu Jay Rock from North East, Emmanuel Agim, C Oseji both from South-South and Helleen Morenikeji Ogunwumiju from South West.

The judges are being elevated from the Court of Appeal to the apex court.

Also at the meeting which was presided over by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Muhammad Tanko Ibrahim, President Buhari was asked to appoint Justice John Terhemba Tsoho as the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court and Justice B. B Kanyip as President of the National Industrial Court.

The Governors of Edo, Ondo, Akwa-Ibom, Kogi, Anambra, Taraba, Abia, Osun, Nasarawa and Jigawa States are to give approval for appointments of 22 successful candidates for appointment as Judicial Officers.

Justice Esther Amenaghawon Edigin was recommended for appointment as the Chief Judge of Edo state.

NJC Recommends Appointment Of Four Supreme Court Judges, Other Officers

Supreme Court Strikes Out APC's Appeal On Exclusion From Rivers Elections

 

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has recommended the appointment of four new Supreme Court judges for the Federal and State High Courts.

The judges appointed are Adamu Jauro (North-East); Emmanuel A. Agim,
(South-South); C. Oseji, (South-South); Helen M. Ogunwumiju, and (South-West).

The NJC also recommended the appointment of 13 judicial officers for federal and state High Courts.

Their recommendations were sent to President Muhammadu Buhari who has the powers to appoint the judges with the backing of the Senate.

PRESS RELEASE
23rd October 2019
• NJC recommends the appointment of four (4) Supreme Court of Nigeria Justices, four (4) Heads of Court, Thirteen (13) Judicial Officers for Federal and State High Courts and one (1) Kadi, Sharia Court of Appeal;

• Empanels Committees to investigate eight (8) Judges.

The National Judicial Council under the Chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Honourable Dr. Justice I. T. Muhammad CFR, at its Meeting of 22nd and 23rd October, 2019, considered the list of candidates presented by its Interview Committee and resolved to recommend to President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, and the Governors of Edo, Ondo, Akwa-Ibom, Kogi, Anambra, Taraba, Abia, Osun, Nasarawa and Jigawa States, twenty-two (22) successful candidates for appointment as Justices of the Supreme Court, Heads of Courts and other Judicial Officers in Nigeria.

They are: –
1. APPOINTMENT OF FOUR (4) JUSTICES, SUPREME COURT OF NIGERIA
i) Hon. Justice Adamu Jauro, JCA (North-East Zone)
ii) Hon. Justice Emmanuel A. Agim, JCA
(South-South Zone)
iii) Hon. Justice C. Oseji, JCA (South-South Zone)
iv) Hon. Justice Helen M. Ogunwumiju, JCA
(South-West Zone)
2. APPOINTMENT OF CHIEF JUDGE, FEDERAL HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
i) Hon. Justice Tsoho John Terhemba

3. APPOINTMENT OF PRESIDENT, NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL COURT OF NIGERIA
i) Hon. Justice B. B. Kanyip

4. APPOINTMENT OF CHIEF JUDGE, EDO STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
i) Hon. Justice Esther Amenaghawon Edigin

5. APPOINTMENT OF PRESIDENT, CUSTOMARY COURT OF APPEAL, ONDO STATE
i) Hon. Justice Eunice Aderonke Alade

6. APPOINTMENT OF FOUR (4) JUDGES, OSUN STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
i) Mathias Olusegun Agboola, Esq.
ii) Sikiru Adeposi Oke, Esq.
iii) Olorunfemi Judith Ajanaku, Esq.
iv) Lawrence Olawale Arojo, Esq.

7. APPOINTMENT OF ONE (1) JUDGE, NASARAWA STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
i) Bawa Sunday Baba, Esq.
8. APPOINTMENT OF ONE (1) JUDGE, AKWA-IBOM STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
i) Nkeruwem Martin Obot, Esq.
9. APPOINTMENT OF ONE (1) JUDGE, KOGI STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
i) Yahaya Adamu, Esq.
10. APPOINTMENT OF TWO (2) JUDGES, ANAMBRA STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
i) Onyinye Samuel Anumonye, Esq.
ii) Victoria Toochukwu Nwoye, Esq.
11. APPOINTMENT OF ONE (1) JUDGE, TARABA STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
i) Goje Yahaya Hamman, Esq.
12. APPOINTMENT OF THREE (3) JUDGES, ABIA STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
i) Benson Anya, Esq.
ii) Enyinnaya Okezie, Esq.
iii) Adiele Ogbonna, Esq.
13. APPOINTMENT OF ONE (1) KADI, SHARIA COURT OF APPEAL, JIGAWA STATE
i) Ibrahim Alhaji Ya’u

All the appointed Judges are expected to be sworn-in after the approval of the President and their respective State Governors and or confirmation by the Senate and State Houses of Assembly as the case may be.

Council at the Meeting deliberated on the Report of its Preliminary Complaints Assessment Committee and decided to empanel eight (8) Committees to investigate eight (8) Judicial Officers from amongst the 35 petitions written against 37 Judges of the Federal and State High Courts.

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

The dismissed petitions were against Hon. Justice Adamu Abdu-kafarati, the immediate past Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Hon. Justices Anduwi Chikere, H. I. O. Oshoma, Ayo Emmanuel all of the Federal High Court, Hon. Justice J. D. Peters, National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Hon. Justice S. E. Aladetoyinbo (Rtd), of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Hon. Justice Opeyemi Oke (Rtd), Chief Judge of Lagos State, Hon. Justices K. A. Jose, S. S. Ogunsanya, T. A. Oyekan-Abdullahi, O. O. Femi-Adeniyi and D. T. Okuwobi, all of the Lagos State High Court of Justice. Hon. Justice Mojisola Idayat Sule, Oyo State High Court, Hon. Justices R. D. Harriman, A. O. Omamogbo, Michael Nduka Obi, High Court of Justice, Delta State, Hon. Justice E. N. Thompson, River State High Court, Hon. Justice Inaikende Eradiri, High Court, Bayelsa State, Hon. Justices N. B. Ukoha and B. C. Iheka of High Court of Justice, Imo State, Hon. Justices F. I. N. Ngwu, R. O. Odugu, Enugu State High Court, Hon. Justice Abdulkadir H. Suleiman, Bauchi State High Court and Hon. Justice Garba Abdulkadir of the Katsina State High Court of Justice.

Council also approved the recommendation of two (2) Committees earlier set-up to investigate Hon. Justice Winifred I. A. Effiong of Akwa-Ibom State High Court of Justice and Hon. Justice Bello Aliyu Gusau of High of Justice, Zamfara State which absolved them of any judicial misconduct.

Soji Oye, Esq
Director, Information

NJC Recommends Appointment Of Justice Muhammad As New CJN

BREAKING: NJC Holds Emergency Meeting Over Onnoghen's Suspension
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The National Judicial Council rose today from an Emergency Meeting to recommend to President Muhammadu Buhari, the appointment of Hon. Dr. Justice Tanko Muhammad, as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria.

According to a statement by its Director, Information, Mr. Soji Oye, the NJC also on Wednesday recommended eight other persons as Heads of Court.

The Meeting which was initially presided over by Hon. Mr. Justice Umaru Abdullahi, CON, considered and approved the recommendation of its Interview Committee that screened the two candidates presented by the Federal Judicial Service Commission to it for appointment as Chief Justice of Nigeria.

Subsequently, the plenary of the Meeting presided over by the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Dr. Justice I. T. Muhammad, CFR, recommended to the Governors of Sokoto, Lagos, Anambra, Ebonyi, Niger, Taraba, Kano, and Jigawa States, eight (8) successful candidates for appointment as Chief Judges and Grand Kadis for the States.

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The recommendations include:

“1. APPOINTMENT OF CHIEF JUDGE, SOKOTO STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICEi) Hon. Mr. Justice Muhammad S. Sifawa

2. APPOINTMENT OF CHIEF JUDGE, LAGOS STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
i) Hon. Mr. Justice Kazeem O. Alogba

3. APPOINTMENT OF CHIEF JUDGE, ANAMBRA STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
i) Hon. Mr. Justice Ijem Onwuamaegbu

4. APPOINTMENT OF CHIEF JUDGE, EBONYI STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
i) Hon. Mr. Justice Nwaigwe A. Anselm

5. APPOINTMENT OF CHIEF JUDGE, NIGER STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
i) Hon. Mr. Justice Aliyu M. Mayaki

6. APPOINTMENT OF CHIEF JUDGE, TARABA STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
i) Hon. Mr. Justice Filibus B. Andetur

7. APPOINTMENT OF GRAND KADI, SHARIA COURT OF APPEAL, KANO
i) Hon. Kadi Tijjani Yusuf Yakasai

8. APPOINTMENT OF GRAND KADI, SHARIA COURT OF APPEAL, JIGAWA
i) Hon. Kadi Isa Jibrin Gantsa”

The newly appointed Heads of Court will be sworn-in after the approval of the President and their respective State Governors and confirmation by the Senate and State Houses of Assembly as the case may be.

Council at the Meeting commended President Muhammadu Buhari, for his unequivocal position on the financial autonomy for the States Judiciary and called on the various State Executives to as a matter of urgency, commence its immediate implementation.

It posited that this is not only in line with the Constitutional dictates, but presently the Judicial position.

Council also considered notification of retirements of Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Chief Judges of Gombe, Edo, Niger, Ebonyi, Acting Chief Judge of Kebbi States as well as those of nine (9) other Judicial Officers from the Federal High Court, High Courts of Gombe, Delta, Edo, Imo, Benue and Katsina States.

Justice Muhammad was sworn in as the Acting CJN on January 25, immediately after the then, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen was suspended by President Buhari.

The President in April requested and obtained the NJC’s consent to extend Muhammad’s acting tenure by the constitutionally-allowed three months.

The extended three months period was due to lapse on July 25.

Onnoghen’s Retirement: NJC Holds Emergency Meeting

BREAKING: NJC Holds Emergency Meeting Over Onnoghen's Suspension
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The National Judicial Council (NJC), today held an Emergency Meeting to formally note the acceptance by President Muhammadu Buhari of the voluntary retirement of Justice Walter Onnoghen, as Chief Justice of Nigeria.

In a statement by the NJCs Director of Information, Soji Oye, the Presidents acceptance of the retirement is in line with the Councils recommendation to him on April 3, 2019.

At the end of the emergency meeting, the NJC thanked the President for accepting Onnoghens resignation, describing it as a move which was in the best interest of the country.

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The Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Sunday announced that President Buhari had accepted the former CJN’s retirement from service.

According to him, the retirement took effect from May 28, 2019.

He said the President thanked Justice Onnoghen for his service to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and wished him the best of retirement life.

President Buhari also wrote to the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Tanko Muhammad, requesting that he commences the process of appointing five additional Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

NJC Has No Capacity To Self-Reform – Jiti Ogunye

NJC Has No Capacity To Self-Reform – Ogunye

 

A legal practitioner, Mr Jiti Ogunye, says the National Judicial Council (NJC) lacks the capacity to reform itself.

He gave the opinion during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, where he called for a total reform of the nation’s judiciary.

The lawyer was reacting to the issues surrounding the trial of Justice Walter Onnoghen at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

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He, however, said there was a need to carry along key stakeholders such as the NJC and the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in the reform process for better result.

Ogunye said, “Recommendations can be made time and again but when there are no factual situations that warrant stakeholders focussing on the subject so closely; we won’t then have these issues.

“Talking about how to reform, I want to recommend that the Federal Government holds this event in collaboration with stakeholders – NJC, NBA, and all that, who have to set up a grand commission to look at how to reform our judiciary holistically and comprehensively.”

“Not just about corruption, and I am saying this with all sense of responsibility; the NJC has no capacity to self-reform,” he added. “Part of the problem that we have to deal with on this occasion is that we had a CJN who was indicted presiding over an NJC that he single-handedly nominated or appointed 14 members of; a majority of them.”

“So, how can that NJC that is called upon to regulate itself in regulating the regulators perform optimally?” the lawyer questioned.

He was hopeful that if the issues raised were thoroughly considered in addition with some legislative interventions such as amendment of the Constitution, the judiciary would become better.

The lawyer also suggested that the nation’s judicial system be re-federalised, as part of the fundamental reform process.

According to him, the judiciary is unitary regardless of the various forms of the court such as the state and federal High Courts.

Ogunye decried the situation where a judge has over 700 cases to adjudicate, stressing that Lagos State does, for example, needed a minimum of 200 judges.

 

NJC Approves Buhari’s Request To Extend Tenure Of Acting CJN

Acting CJN, Tanko Muhammad

 

The National Judicial Council (NJC), has approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s request to extend the tenure of the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad.

The council in a statement by its Director Information, Soji Oye, stated that the approval followed several deliberations during a meeting which was held last week Thursday.

Mr Oye noted that contrary to reports that the NJC was going to meet next week on the extension of Justice Muhammad’s tenure, the council, however, meet on April 18, 2019, which resolved to the approval of his extension.

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“The attention of the National Judicial Council has been drawn to an online newspaper and daily newspaper Report stating that the Council would meet next week to deliberate on the extension of the Acting Appointment of Honourable Dr Justice I. T. Muhammad CFR, as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.

“Contrary to the above, the Council actually met on Thursday 18th April 2019 and at the 88thMeeting considered and approved the request of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, for the extension of the Appointment of Hon. Dr Justice I. T. Muhammad, CFR, as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria for another three (3) months and Council has since forwarded its approval to the President”.