20 March 2021 By Victoria Abah
The National Judicial Council under the Chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad has recommended the appointment of 26 judicial officers.
A statement issued by the Director, Information, NJC, Soji Oye, notes that NJC made the recommendation at its 94th meeting this month .
It explains that the NJC considered the list of candidates presented by its Interview Committee and resolved to recommend to President Muhammadu Buhari, and the Governors of Rivers, Nasarawa, Kogi, Jigawa, Ebonyi and Delta States.
According to the statement twenty-six (26) persons were successful for appointment as Justices of Court of Appeal and Heads of Court in Nigeria.
The statement says, there are 18 Justices recommended for Court of Appeal amongst other recommendations.
It indicates that
all recommended candidates are expected to be sworn-in after approval by the President, Muhammadu Buhari, their respective State Governors, confirmation by the National Assembly and the respective State Houses of Assembly.
According to the statement, the 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.
“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.
“It also resolves to set up a Medical Board to ascertain the health status of one Judge” it stated.
“Council also received notifications of retirement of seventeen (17) Judicial Officers and notifications of death of three Judges from the Federal and State Judiciaries.