Appointment of Judges: Yakubu Chonoko (Y. C) Maikyau, SAN congratulates the newly sworn in Judges; opines quality and character as basic

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Appointment of Judges: Yakubu Chonoko (Y. C) Maikyau, SAN congratulates the newly sworn in Judges; opines quality and character as basic

Yakubu Chonoko Maikyau, SAN who was a guest at the swearing in of Judges of the Federal High Court and FCT High Court at the Supreme Court of Nigeria on the 20th of April 2022 by His Lordship Hon. Justice Muhammad Tanko, CJN, congratulated the newly appointed Judges; Bala Khalifa-Mohammed Usman, Emmanuel Gakko, Aminu Garba, Musa Sulaiman Liman, Ahmad Gama Mahmud, Segun-Bello Mabel Taiye (Federal High Court) and Joseph Adebayo Aina, (High Court of the FCT, Abuja) for the well deserved appointment.

During an interview, the learned silk, Mr. Maikyau confirmed the need for the appointment of more Judges but identified two basic criteria for the appointment of Judges to the bench, thus; 1. Quality of the Judge and 2. The Character of the Judge. In his words, : “…the basic criteria for appointment of Judges must be the quality they bring on the bench. And the quality in terms of the knowledge of law and also the character that comes with it, because no matter how intelligent you are; no matter how good you are, and resourceful; as a Judge, not only as a Judge and I will say this for every member of the legal profession. Absent the character, you are not able to convey that intellect, you are not able to convey that resourcefulness and industry, to bring benefit to the people. So these are two major things we must always look after in the appointments of Judges across the tiers of the Courts in this Country”.

The learned silk while congratulating the newly sworn in Judges, expressed his good wishes to his Lordships in the discharge of their Judicial function.

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