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NJC unveils 64 recommended to Govs for appointment as judicial officers

By Ameh Ochojila, Abuja
18 December 2021   |   3:26 am
The National Judicial Council (NJC), yesterday, in Abuja unveiled the 64 successful candidates recommended to some state governors for appointment as judicial officers as part of efforts to ensure quick delivery of justice in the country.

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The National Judicial Council (NJC), yesterday, in Abuja unveiled the 64 successful candidates recommended to some state governors for appointment as judicial officers as part of efforts to ensure quick delivery of justice in the country.

Those recommended are Justice Ozoemena Raymond Afojulu as Chief Judge of Enugu; Justice Nathan Musa as Chief Judge of Adamawa; Kadi Abubakar Musa Mohammed Kigera as Grand Kadi, Sharia Court of Appeal for Niger State and Kadi Usman Aliyu Girei as Grand Kadi of Adamawa State.

Others are Justice Shiyanbola Raheem Akanbi as President, Customary Court of Appeal; Justice Eneji Maurice Odey as President, Customary Court of Appeal, Cross Rivers; Wajilda Peter as President, Customary Court of Appeal, Adamawa State; Justice O. I. Nwamoh as President, Customary Court of Appeal, Abia State and Justice Blessing Lyop Dalyop as President, Customary Court of Appeal, Plateau State.

A statement by the NJC Director of Information, Mr. Soji Oye, released yesterday in Abuja indicated that five persons were recommended as judges for Sokoto State High Court.

They are Sanusi Shehu, Mu’awiya Dahiru Mahmud, Abubakar Abubakar Zaki, Mohammad Aliyu Sambo and Maryam Muhammad. Those who sought to be appointed for Nasarawa State High Court are Isa Ebini K, Ali Tari Changbo, Abdullahi Hassan Shams Shama and Solomon Wayidna Ayenajeh.

Ogun State High Court has two, Adeyemi Adekunle Adewole and Bello Safrat Titilayo while Bayelsa State has four, Lockie James Benimo, Zuofa Ama Patience, Simon Warikiyei Amaduobogha and Christine Irigha Kombo-Enegesi.

The NJC recommended four for Rivers State High Court, Daniel Ofre Kulo, Rita Otu Marshall, Odibu Emmanuel Ekaya and Obin Blessing Egwu. According to the statement, 14 persons who are to be appointed as judges in Lagos State are Okunuga Olubusola Adeyemi, Adeyemi Adenrera Olayinka, Oshin Olufolake Olufolasade Esq. Odusanya Oluwatoyin Atinuke, Martins Olumuyiwa Oluseun and Ariyike Mutiat Ipaye-Nwachukwu.

The rest are Babatunde Oladepo Kalaro, Awope Omolade Jadesola, Akinkunmi Olusegun Idowu, Oresanya Olalekan Ayodeji, Oshodi Mujibat Iyabode, Ijelu Ismail Olalekan, Balogun Mosunmola Muyibat and Mathias Oluwole Dawodu.

Rivers State has four, namely Popnen Sylvester Sunday, Daketima Gabriel Kio, Nsirim Chinwe Amanda and Chinelo Chidubem Odili. Similarly, Ekiti State has four who are Apuabi Johnson Ariyibi, Blessing Oluwabukola Ajileye, Olalekan Olayinka Olatawura and Oyinkansola Olumayowa Oluboyede.

Two Kadis were recommended for Sharia Court of Appeal in Sokoto State, namely Buhari Yahaya and Umar Jibril Kebbe, while Katsina State has one in person of Kabir Hamisu Bello. Jigawa has three who are Bara’u Bashir Musa, Ahmad Muhammadu Lamin and Nasiru Abubakar Zargina just as Ebonyi has one in Awada Paul Mgbada.

Three judges recommended for Ogun State Customary Court of Appeal are Olukemi Folasade Osisanya, Odugbesan Idowu Adebiyi and Akinsinde Oluwasina Philip.

Cross River State Customary Court of Appeal has four slots. They are Obo Agbor Anthony, BItitim Felix Igob, Eunice Oshim Dada and Ankpor Jeremiah Arong.

According to the statement, all recommended candidates are expected to be sworn-in after approval of the NJC recommendations by their state governors and the Houses of Assembly.

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