Godwin Tsa, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of 29 Judicial Officers for the Court of Appeal, Federal High Court and the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The approval was sequel to the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC).
Of the number, the Court of Appeal tops the list with 12 Justices approved for the court.
They were Justice P. A. Mahmud; Justice F. O. Ojo; Justice I. A. Andenyangsto; Justice Gabriel Kolawole (formerly of the Abuja division of the Federal High Court); Justice B. B. Aliyu; Justice Ebiowei Tobi and Justice J. G. Abundaga.
Others appointed to the Bench of the appellate court were Justice A. S. Umar; Justice Abubakar. M. Talba; Justice A. M. Bayero; Justice A. M. Lamido and Justice M. B. Idris.
In the case of the Federal High Court, nine Judges were approved for the court as follows: Sunday Bassey Onu; Mrs. Adefunmilola Adekemi Demi-Ajayi; Justice Peter O. Lifu; Obiora Atuegwu Egwuata; Sa’adatu Ibrahim Mark; Mobolaji Olubukola Olajuwon; Aminu Bappa Aliyu; Tijjani Garba Ringim and Nkeonye Evelyn Maha.
According to a statement by the NJC Director for Information, Soji Oye, the President also approved Seven Judges for the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory as follows:- Binta Mohammed; Modupe Osho-Adebiyi; Gaba Venchak Simon; Babangida Hassan; Akobi Iyabeni Anna; Samirah Umar Bature and Asamu Akanbi Yusuf.
According to the statement, the Justices of the Court of Appeal would be sworn-in by the Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman, National Judicial Council, Justice Walter Onnoghen, on Friday, June 22, 2018 by 10.00 am.
While those appointed for the Federal High Court will be sworn-in on Monday, June 25, 2018, at 2.00 pm, and Judges appointed for the High Court of the FCT are to be sworn-in on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, by 2.00 pm at the Main Hall of the Court Room of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.