Access To Justice Faults Judicial Recruitment Process, Writes To FCT Chief Judge

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Access to Justice, a human rights organization, has sent a letter to the Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, Justice Husseini Baba-Yusuf, criticizing the current judicial recruitment process in the court.

In the letter dated February 12th, Access to Justice accused the Chief Judge of going against the constitution by restricting eligibility for the 12 vacant positions to candidates from only 12 specific states.

The group raised concerns that by allowing nominations from only predetermined states, including Bauchi, Bayelsa, Enugu, Imo, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, Taraba, and Zamfara, the recruitment process may be biased in favor of certain candidates.

Access to Justice labeled this move as “unconstitutional” and accused it of promoting “nepotism,” “insider dealing,” and damaging public trust in the judiciary.

The organization urged Justice Baba-Yusuf to appoint an independent external panel to assess all qualified applicants based on merit throughout the ongoing recruitment process.

The group referenced the Chief Judge’s recent pledge at the 2023/2024 Legal Year ceremony, to demonstrate transparency in the justice system’s operations

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