FULL LIST: NJC recommends appointment of 18 judges for appeal court


The National Judicial Council (NJC) has recommended 18 judges to President Muhammadu Buhari for elevation to the court of appeal.

Soji Oye, NJC spokesman, in a statement on Friday, said the council also recommended the appointment of eight heads of courts in Rivers, Nasarawa, Kogi, Jigawa, Ebonyi and Delta states.

Oye said the council’s interview committee made the decision at its 94th meeting which held on March 17 and 18, and was chaired by Ibrahim Muhammad, chief justice of Nigeria (CJN).

The NJC also issued strong warning letters to two judges.

“Council decided to issue strong warning letters to Hon. Justices Mufutau Olokoba and M.A. Savage of the Lagos state high court,” the statement reads.

“Hon. Justice Olokoba was reprimanded and also put on the watchlist of the council for his failure to deliver judgement within the constitutional period of 90 days, and Hon. Justice Savage was reprimanded for not being in charge of his court.”

The NJC spokesman added that 22 other petitions were dismissed for “lack of merit, being subjudice, overtaken by events or that such petitions were matters for appeal”.

Below is the list of judges recommended for the court of appeal:

i) Bature Isah Gafai

ii) Muhammad Ibrahim Sirajo

iii) Waziri Abdul-Azeez

iv) Yusuf Alhaji Bashir

v) Usman A. Musale

vi) Jauro Ibrahim Wakili

vii) Abba Bello Mohammed

viii) Mohammed Danjuma

ix) Danlami Zama Senchi

x) Mohammed Lawal Abubakar

xi) Hassan Muslim Sule

xii) Amadi Kenneth Ikechukwu

xiii) Peter Oyinkenimiemi Affen

xiv) Sybil Onyeji Nwaka Gbagi

xv) Olasumbo Olanrewaju Goodluck

xvi) Banjoko Adebukunola Adeoti Ibironke

xvii) Olabode Abimbola Adegbehingbe

xviii) Bola Samuel Ademola

The judges recommended to head courts in states are listed below.

i) Chief judge, FCT, Abuja: Salisu Garba Abdullahi

ii) Chief judge, Rivers: Simeon Chibuzor Amadi

iii) Chief judge, Nasarawa: Aisha Bashir Aliyu

iv) Chief judge, Kogi: Sunday Omeiza Otu

v) Chief judge, Jigawa: Umar Maigari Sadiq

vi) Chief judge, Ebonyi: Ngene Anagu Elvis

vii) Chief judge, Delta: Theresa T. Obiajulu Ogochukwu Diai

viii) President, customary court of appeal, Delta: Patience Onuwa Elumeze


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