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NJC approves appointment of 4 new Supreme Court Justices ~ Truth Reporters

The National Judicial Council, NJC, on Thursday, said it has okayed the elevation of four new Justices to the Supreme Court bench.

The judicial body which is headed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Tanko Muhammad, said it had at the end of a two-day meeting, resolved to recommend to President Muhammadu Buhari, names of the four Justices that were considered from a list of candidates that were presented to the Interview Committee.

According to a statement by the Director of Information at the NJC, Mr. Soji Oye, those that were recommended for the apex court bench are Justice Adamu Jauro (North-East Zone), Justice Emmanuel A. Agim (South-South Zone), Justice C. Oseji (South-South Zone) and Justice Helen M. Ogunwumiju (South-West Zone).

All the promoted Justices hitherto served at various divisions of the Court of Appeal.

However, the Council dropped the names of both Justices Mohammed Garba and Abdul Aboki, who were reportedly on the initial list of candidates that were considered for elevation to the Supreme Court.

The duo served as Chairman and member of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal that upheld President Buhari’s re-election.

Alleged plot to promote them to the apex court had sparked protests from members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who insinuated that the CJN was under pressure to include them in the panel that will hear an appeal their presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, filed against the tribunal judgement that favoured President Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

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