Why Judges from 12 States will not be Nominated to Court of Appeal – NJC
Judges from 12 states in Nigeria will not be appointed to the Court of Appeal in the ongoing process, the National Judicial Council, NJC, has said.
The council said this on Tuesday evening when it confirmed ongoing steps for the appointment of 14 justices of the Appeal Court. This is to bring the total number of judges of the appellate court to 90 as stipulated by law.
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The 12 states, the NJC said, already have their fair representation of judges at the appellate court.
“In considering appointment for the 14 vacancies, and to ensure that each zone is adequately presented, all states that have three serving Justices were not considered unless under special circumstances.
“The states not considered are: Anambra, Bauchi, Borno, Cross-River, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Gombe, Imo, Kogi, Kwara and Oyo,” Soji Oye, the NJC spokesperson said.
“States like Adamawa, Kebbi and Sokoto have zero representation, which informed the need to include them in the current exercise.
Mr. Oye said the recommended appointments were not lopsided as suggested by media reports.
He gave further explanations on the circumstances surrounding the choice of the 14 recommended judges.
“The attention of the National Judicial Council has been drawn to an on-line publication and some newspapers alleging the National Judicial Council of recommending 14 Judges for appointment to the Court of Appeal, and that none of the Candidates shortlisted was from the South-east,” he said.
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