28 June 2021 By Victoria Abah.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad has sworn in eighteen judges who were former High Court Judges and recently elevated to the Court of Appeal.
The CJN while administering the oath of office on the judges, at the Supreme Court Complex in Abuja, urged them to ensure they conduct their affairs within the ambit of the law.
Justice Muhammad in his address, noted that the number of justices sworn in was unprecedented in the history of the Court of Appeal.
According to him, the elevation was an indication of the times we were in, as several crimes were being committed in the country.
The CJN however, called on the newly appointees to fasten their belts to face the challenges head-on.
“Several crimes are being committed in the country that have now made litigations to go on a steady rise. No court in the land is spared of this. We are constantly on our toes and the dockets are ever rising in response to the challenges of the time.
fasten your belt and roll up your sleeves to face the challenges head-on. You must redouble your pace”
Justice Muhammad further admonished the judges to keep their heads high above the murky waters of corruption in order not to fall out of the grace of God and the Nigerian people.
“Many high profiled cases would definitely come to you on appeal; and they may likely come in company of some juicy, irresistible temptations, but I am making it clear to you now that you must flee from such disguised danger. Your reputation and integrity matter much and count enormously in your rise to honour and fame in life.”
Addressing journalists after the ceremony, the Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong and former Governor of Bayelsa State, Senatpr Seriake Dickson, said the judiciary was the backbone of democracy, and advocated for more justices in all courts.
The last time a large number of judges were elevated to the appellate court, was in 2012.