Godwin Tsa, Abuja
The National Judicial Council (NJC) has recommended the appointment of 33 judicial officers including chief judges for six states.
The six states are Anambra, Kebbi, Cross River, Zamfara, Ogun, Osun, Imo, Sokoto, Ekiti and Niger states.
In a statement on Thursday, NJC’s Director of Information said the recommendations were made at the meeting of the council held on December, 17 and 18, 2019.
Those recommended for appointment as chief judges are Justice Onochie Manasseh Anyachebelu (Anambra State), Justice Mohammed Suleiman Ambursa (Kebbi) and Justice Akon Bassey Ikpeme (Cross River).
Others are Kadi Umaru Muhammad Gusau (as Grand Kadi, Zamfara State Sharia Court of Appeal, Justice Mobolaji Ayodele Ojo (as President, Customary Court of Appeal), Ogun State and Justice Foluke Eunice Awolalu (as President, Customary Court of Appeal, Osun State).
For the River State High Court, the NJC recommended the appointment of four judges.
They are Stephens Dirialakeibama Jumbo, Chuku Mark Onyema, Ngbor-Abina Lemea and Fibresima Florence Atili.
Two were appointed for Ogun State High Court – Olufunmilayo O. Stanley and Olukemi Olusola Yetunde Oresanya.
For Imo State High Court, the NJC recommended the appointment of seven judges.
They are Onyeka Vincent Ifeanyichukwu, Leweanya Kechinyere A., Victoria Chinyere Isiguzo, Vivian O. B. Ekezie, Eze Nonye Eke, Ihuoma Grace Chukwunyere, and Ibeawuchi Edith Chinyere.
Three were recommended for Sokoto State High Court. They are Aminu Garba Sifawa, Mohammed Mohammed and Raliya Uthman Muhammad.
One was recommended for Ekiti State High Court. He is Obafemi Makanju Fasanmi.
Three were recommended for Niger State High Court. They are Salisu Alhassan Majidadi, Binta Bawa and Danladi Ahmad.
For Ogun State High Court, three were recommended. They are Michael Kolawole Peters, Anthony Olusesan Araba and Adebisi Olusola Femi-Segun.
The NJC equally recommended the appointment of two judges for the Imo State Customary Court of Appeal.
They are Obichere Ijeoma Josephine and Nze Ifeanyi Tennyson.
It also recommended as judge for the Rivers State Customary Court of Appeal was Amadi Ericonda, Bello Khalid Jega was recommended for appointment as Kadi for Kebbi State Sharia Court of Appeal.
Oye said: “All recommended candidates are expected to be sworn-in after approval by their respective state governors and
confirmation by the respective state Houses of Assembly.”