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NJC Recommends Tanko Muhammad For Appointment As Substantive CJN

11 July 2019 National News News


NJC recommends appointments of Justice I. T. Muhammad,as substantive CJN, and eight (8) others as Heads of Court.

The National Judicial Council has recommended to President Muhammadu Buhari the appointment of Justice Tanko Muhammad as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria.

The NJC said this in a statement by its Director, Information, Mr. Soji Oye, on Wednesday in Abuja.

HERE IS THE STATEMENT BELOW:

The National Judicial Council has from an Emergency Meeting to recommend to President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, the appointment of Hon. Dr. Justice I. T. Muhammad, CFR, as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria.

The Meeting which was initially presided over by Hon. Mr. Justice Umaru Abdullahi, CON, considered and approved the recommendation of its Interview Committee that screened the two candidates presented by the Federal Judicial Service Commission to it for appointment as Chief Justice of Nigeria.

Subsequently, the plenary of the Meeting presided over by the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Dr. Justice I. T. Muhammad, CFR, recommended to the Governors of Sokoto, Lagos, Anambra, Ebonyi, Niger, Taraba, Kano, and Jigawa States, eight (8) successful candidates for appointment as Chief Judges and Grand Kadis for the States.
They are: –

  1. APPOINTMENT OF CHIEF JUDGE, SOKOTO STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE

i) Hon. Mr. Justice Muhammad S. Sifawa

  1. APPOINTMENT OF CHIEF JUDGE, LAGOS STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
    i) Hon. Mr. Justice Kazeem O. Alogba
  2. APPOINTMENT OF CHIEF JUDGE, ANAMBRA STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
    i) Hon. Mr. Justice Ijem Onwuamaegbu

APPOINTMENT OF CHIEF JUDGE, EBONYI STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
i) Hon. Mr. Justice Nwaigwe A. Anselm

APPOINTMENT OF CHIEF JUDGE, NIGER STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
i) Hon. Mr. Justice Aliyu M. Mayaki

APPOINTMENT OF CHIEF JUDGE, TARABA STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
i) Hon. Mr. Justice Filibus B. Andetur

APPOINTMENT OF GRAND KADI, SHARIA COURT OF APPEAL, KANO
i) Hon. Kadi Tijjani Yusuf Yakasai

APPOINTMENT OF GRAND KADI, SHARIA COURT OF APPEAL, JIGAWA
i) Hon. Kadi Isa Jibrin Gantsa.


The newly appointed Heads of Court will be sworn-in after the approval of the President and their respective State Governors and confirmation by the Senate and State Houses of Assembly as the case may be.

Council at the Meeting commended President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, for his unequivocal position on the financial autonomy for the States Judiciary and called on the various State Executives to as a matter of urgency, commence its immediate implementation. It posited that this is not only in line with the Constitutional dictates, but presently the Judicial position.

Council also considered notification of retirements of Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Chief Judges of Gombe, Edo, Niger, Ebonyi, Acting Chief Judge of Kebbi States as well as those of nine (9) other Judicial Officers from the Federal High Court, High Courts of Gombe, Delta, Edo, Imo, Benue and Katsina States.

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