NJC seeks appointment of 84 judges others
The National Judicial Council has recommended the appointment of nine chief justices and 84 other judicial officers as part of efforts to prepare the judiciary for challenges that may arise in the upcoming general elections.
Following their appointments, the recommended individuals will serve on the country's federal and state high courts.
The candidates were presented for recommendations by its panel of interviews during its 100th meeting, presided over by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, according to a statement issued on Wednesday by the Director of Information in NJC, Soji Oye in Abuja.
Justice Muhammad Tukur Mu'azu Aliyu (Kaduna), Justice Majebi Josiah Joe (Kogi), Justice Odusola Aiyedun Olusegun (Ondo), Justice Halima Sa'addiya Mohammed (Gombe), and Justice Lilian Abai were among those recommended for Chief Judgeships (Abia).
Justice Abdulateef Kamaldeen (Grand Kadi, Kwara), Justice Stanley Adekunle Lawal (President, Customary Court of Appeal, FCT), Justice Monisola Oluwatoyin Abodunde (President, Customary Court of Appeal (Ekiti), and Justice Uhuo Patrick Uchenna were among those present (President, Customary Court of Appeal, Ebonyi State.)
Four of the 84 judicial officers recommended were for the Ondo High Court: Akinbinu Sylvester Femi, Leonard Boyede Ologun, Bolatito Florence Ajibade, and Akinwumi Bankole Jacob.
Lawrence Babatope Ojo, Adegboye Rotimi Adesoji, and Ogundele Olufolakemi Olufunke are the nominees for the Ekiti Customary Court of Appeal.
Amina Mustapha, Ibrahim Mohammed Maina, Hafsatu Isah Bappah, Bukar Malgwi Umar, and Mallam Buna Makinta are among the five candidates for appointment as judges in Borno State, while Etomike Innocent Ndigwe and Tagbo Chinwuba Anieto are among the two in Anambra.
Bashar Ibrahim, Fatima Ahmadu Suka, Abubakar Adamu, Kabiru Muhammad, and Amina Modi Yabo have been nominated for the Sokoto High Court bench, while Idris Adamu and Mustapha Abdullahi Ahmad have been nominated for the Sharia Court of Appeal in the state.
The Ogun State High Court has eight nominees, including Oluwafunke Omolara Odubanjo.
Adelaja Adeola Ireti, Basirat Bolanle Adebowale, Adebayo Bamidele Adedapo, and Adebayo Bamidele Adedapo
Abimola Christopher Shokunbi, Sunday Olufemi Adeniyi, Awofeso Ireti-Olu Babatunde, and Ayodele Adebayo Omoniyi.
Charlie Ebiyon Duke and Ekadi Amadise Michael are the two nominees for the Bayelsa State High Court, while Esther Awo Ota and BUkeni Ogoke are the six nominees for Ebonyi State. Stella Ejituruchi, Ruth Obaji Okeh, Blessing Ibeabuchi Chukwu, Christopher Ofoke Mbam, and Francis-Abba Solange Amaka are among those who have participated.
Buhari Sani, Damachi-Onugba Agede Joyce, Hassan Muhammed Yakubu, Sandra Audu Yelwa, Subilim Emmanuel Danjuma, and Muhammad Adamu Hamza are among the nominees for the National Industrial Court of Nigeria.
Okokon Edem Nyong and Amajama Jacob Eneji have been nominated for the Cross Rivers High Court, while Christopher Dominic Mapeo, Ahmed Isa, Mohammed Ibrahim Tola, and Benjamin Lawan Manji have been nominated for the Adamawa High Court.
Furthermore, Adamawa has one Kadi nominee for its Sharia Court of Appeal in the person of Isa Yusuf Khalid, and another one Judge nominee in the person of Adabala Nicholas for its Customary Court of Appeal.
The Rivers State High Court has five nominees: Asivosuo Maccarthy Oriye, Omonigho Nwibani, Comfort Ifikmotu-Awaji Adangor, Prince Chika Mini, and Beauty Ihuoma Emmanuel-Okere, while the Customary Court of Appeal has two: Odiki Daniel- Kalio and Tetenwo Ngeli Elerabari.
Abdullahi Muhammad Gusau, Umar Adulnasir, Saad Garba Gurbin-Bore, and Muntaka Ahmad Ya'akubu are the four members of the Zamfara High Court.
Lasisi Muhammed Adebayo, Awe Micheal Oludare, Fatimah Adejoke Sodamade, and Owolawi Joseph Olukunle are the nominees for the Osun State High Court, while Adamu Mohammed Jajere and Kasim Mohammed Kasim are the nominees for the Sharia Court of Appeal.
Yakubu Bodamasi, Abdullahi Isiaka, Buhari Mohammed Balarabe Bashir Shitu Yusuf, Nana Fatima Mohammed John Aku Ambi, and Joyce Asabe Akaa'ahs are the seven candidates for the Kaduna State High Court bench.
Aside from the seven high court judges recommended, the NJC also sought the appointment of five Kadis for the Kaduna Sharia Court of Appeal, namely Aminu Ahmad Jumare, Nuhu Mahmud, Murtala Nasir, Abdulrahman Ibrahim, and Mahdi Muhammad Suraj.
Dorothy Sim Inwulale, Atung Dorcaas Tabitta, and Yusuf Yakubu will serve as judges on the Kaduna Customary Court of Appeal.
According to the breakdown, the Plateau State Customary Court of Appeal has only one Judge nominee, Jettei T. Pekun.
According to the NJC statement, all recommended candidates would be sworn in after their recommendations were approved by their respective state governors and state houses of assembly.