NJC ask Buhari to appoint Ibrahim Muhammad CJN

NJC ask Buhari to appoint Ibrahim Muhammad CJN

The National Judicial Council (NJC) on Wednesday recommended that President Muhammadu Buhari appoint Ibrahim Muhammad as chief justice of Nigeria (CJN).

The spokesman for the NJC, Soji Oye, who made the disclosure in a statement made available to newsmen, said the decision of the council arrived at an emergency meeting that held on July 10.

It will be recalled the acting CJN has been occupying the office following the suspension of the former CJN, Walter Onnoghen, by President Buhari earlier in the year by the order of the CCT.

The statement read, “The National Judicial Council rose today from an Emergency Meeting to recommend to President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, the appointment of Hon. Dr. Justice I. T. Muhammad, CFR, as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria.”

“The Meeting which was initially presided over by Hon. Mr. Justice Umaru Abdullahi, CON, considered and approved the recommendation of its Interview Committee that screened the two candidates presented by the Federal Judicial Service Commission to it for appointment as Chief Justice of Nigeria.

“Council at the Meeting commended President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, for his unequivocal position on the financial autonomy for the States Judiciary and called on the various State Executives to as a matter of urgency, commence its immediate implementation.

“It posited that this is not only in line with the Constitutional dictates, but presently the Judicial position.

“Council also considered notification of retirements of Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Chief Judges of Gombe, Edo, Niger, Ebonyi, Acting Chief Judge of Kebbi States as well as those of nine other Judicial Officers from the Federal High Court, High Courts of Gombe, Delta, Edo, Imo, Benue and Katsina States.”

The statement also said the council recommended eight judges for appointment in Sokoto, Lagos, Anambra, Ebonyi, Niger, Taraba, Kano, and Jigawa states.

The Judges are:

Muhammad S. Sifawa – chief judge, Sokoto high court
Kazeem O. Alogba – chief judge, Lagos high court
Ijem Onwuamaegbu – chief judge, Anambra high court
Nwaigwe A. Anselm – chief judge, Ebonyi high court
Aliyu M. Mayaki – chief judge, Niger high court
Filibus B. Andetur – chief judge, Taraba high court
Tijjani Yusuf Yakasai – grand kadi, Kano sharia appeal court
Isa Jibrin Gantsa – grand kadi, Jigawa appeal court