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NJC recommends appointment of 22 judges

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• Dismisses petitions against 16

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has recommended the appointment of 22 judicial officers as justices of Supreme Court, heads of court, judges of High Court of states, kadis of states Sharia Court of Appeal and judges of Customary Court of Appeal.

In a statement issued yesterday, the Director of Information of NJC, Soji Oye, stated that the recommendation followed consideration of the report of the council’s interview committee submitted during its second virtual meeting held on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Also considered was the report of the council’s investigation committee on allegation of misconduct made against Justice K. N. Ogbonnaya of the High Court of Federal Capital Territory.

At the end of deliberations, the committee, among other issues, resolved to issue warning letter to Justice Ogbonnaya, following its findings on the petition written against him by Dr. Uchechukwu Samson Ogah.

Justice Ogbonnaya was accused of refusing to release a copy of the judgment he delivered to the petitioner within the constitutionally prescribed period of seven days.

In the same vein, the NJC dismissed a petition against Justice Sunday Olorundahunsi for lacking in merit.The report of Preliminary Complaints Assessment Committee on petitions brought against 16 judicial officers was considered and the complaints were consequently dismissed for either lacking in merit or being subjudice.

Among those recommended for appointment are Justice Ayodele Daramola as the Chief Judge of Ekiti State and Justice Sulyman Kawu as Chief Judge of Kwara State.

Justices I. N. Oweibo, Hadiza R. Shagari, Ijeoma L. Ojukwu and Ambrose Lewis-Allagoa are to be appointed as judges of Federal High Court.
Others are Justices B. A. Oke-Lawal and O. A. Ogala of the Lagos State High Court; Justice Augusta Uche Kingsley-Chukwu of the High Court of Rivers State; Justice Mustapha A. Ramat of the High Court, Nasarawa State; Justices M. M. Ladan and Muhammed Lawal Bello of the High Court of Kaduna State as well as Justice Adamu M. Kafin Madaki of the High Court of Bauchi State.

Also recommended for appointment are Justice L. M. Boufini of the High Court of Bayelsa State and Kadi Goni Kur, Sharia Court of Appeal, Borno State.

According to the NJC statement, retirement notifications were received from 13 judges. Also received was the news of death of six judges of states High Court and Sharia Court of Appeal.

Among the deceased is Justice Jude Okeke of the FCT High Court, who passed on last week during a brief illness at the age of 64.


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