The National Judicial Council (NJC) has recommended the appointment of six Chief Judges and 31 others as Judicial Officers to take up judicial functions in some states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
NJC Director of Information, Mr Soji Oye disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, noting that the recommendation was made during NJC’s 95th meeting held on Sept.15 and Sept. 16.
He said that all recommended candidates are expected to be sworn-in after approval by President Muhammadu Buhari and their respective state governors and confirmation by the respective State Houses of Assembly.
“At its 95th meeting held on September 15 and 16, 2021, the council considered the list of candidates presented by its Interview Committee and recommended the 38 successful candidates to their respective state governors for appointment as Heads of Courts and other Judicial Officers in Nigeria,” the statement read.
Those recommended as Chief Judges are Justices Richard O. Olorunfemi for Kogi state, Joe Itsebaga Acha for Edo, Akintoroye Williams Akin for Ondo, Husseini Baba Yusuf for FCT, Ekaette Francesca Fabian-Obot for Akwa Ibom and J. O. Adeyeye for Ekiti.
Others are Baba Gana Mahdi as Grand Kadi, Yobe; Umaru Ahmad Liman as Grand Kadi, Bauchi; Osagede Osado Emmanuel as President, Customary Court of Appeal, Nasarawa; Mashud Akintunde Akinfemi Abbas as President, Customary Court of Appeal, Oyo state and Siyaka Momoh Jimoh Usman as President Customary Court of Appeal, Kogi.
Three Judges were recommended for High Court of Gombe and they are Zainab Abdulkadir Rasheed, Abdussalam Muhammad and Daurabo Suleiman Sikka.
The NJC spokesman added, “Akwa Ibom has two, Effiong Asukwo Effiong and Princess Eme Daniel Ekong; Bauchi has one, Nana Fatima Jibril; while Kaduna State High court has two, Abdulkarim Mahmud and Eugene Michael.
“The three candidates recommended for Katsina State are Kabir Shuaibu, Ibrahim Ishaku Mashi, and Ibrahim Abubakar Mande while Professor Alero Akeredolu was recommended for Ondo State.”
According to the statement, the four successful candidates for Oyo State High Court are Olusola Adebisi Adetujoye, Folabimpe Beatrice Segun Olakojo, Professor Taiwo Elijah Adewale and Kareem Adeyimika Adedokun
Kogi State has three candidates for its High Court and they are Abubakar Sule Ibrahim, Abdullah Sulyman as well as Aminu Ali Eri.
Two Kadis for Gombe Sharia Court of Appeal are Adamu Kuna Jibril and Ahmed Baba Bala while the four for Bauchi are Musa Sani Abubakar, Mahdi Manga, Khamis Al-Hamidallah Muhammad, and Sani Musa with Ondo State having one in person of Orimisan James Okorisa and Oyo Customary Court of Appeal having Ajadi Olubukola Omolayo.