The National Judicial Council on Wednesday recommended to President Muhammadu Buhari, the appointment of acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad as the substantive CJN.
The Council also recommend the appointment of six judges as Chief Judge in their respective states, while two khadi were recommended as grand khadi for the Sharia Court of Appeal in Kano and Jigawa states.
The Council took the decisions during an emergency meeting held in Abuja.
The Meeting which was initially presided over by Justice Umaru Abdullahi (rtd) , considered and approved the recommendation of its Interview Committee which screened the acting CJN, Muhammad and Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour for the position.
The Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC) had presented Muhammad and Rhodes-Vivour to the NJC for screening.
Subsequently, the plenary of Council presided over by Justice Muhammad recommended to the Governors of Sokoto, Lagos, Anambra, Ebonyi, Niger, Taraba, Kano, and Jigawa States, eight successful candidates for appointment as Chief Judges and Grand Kadis for the States.
The Council recommended Justice Muhammad S. Sifawa as the Chief Judge of Sokoto state High Court, Justice Kazeem O. Alogba for Lagos state High Court, Justice Ijem Onwuamaegbu as Chief Judge of Anambra state High Court and Justice Nwaigwe A. Anselm for Ebonyi state High Court.
The Council also recommended Justice Aliyu M. Mayaki as Chief Judge of Niger state High Court, Justice Filibus B. Andetur as for Taraba state High Court.
For the position of Grand Khadi of the Sharia Court of Appeal in Kano state, the Council recommend Kadi Tijjani Yusuf Yakasai, at the same time recommended Kadi Isa Jibrin Gantsa as Grand Khadi, Sharia Court of Appeal in Jigawa state.
According to a statement signed by NJC’s Director of Information, Mr. Soji Oye, Justice Muhammad will be sworn-in upon approval of rhe President and confirmation by the Senate while other heads of court will be sworn-in after approval by the governors and houses of assembly in their respective states.
“Newly appointed Heads of Court will be sworn-in after the approval of the President and their respective State Governors and confirmation by the Senate and State Houses of Assembly as the case may be,” Oye said.
Meanwhile, the NJC commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his unequivocal position on the financial autonomy for the States Judiciary. The Council thereby called on state governors to as a matter of urgency, commence its immediate implementation.
This according to the Council 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.
Following suspension of immediate past CJN, Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen on the Order of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), President President Muhammadu on 25th January, appointed Muhammad, CFR as the CJN.
Muhammad until his appointment , was a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria since 2006.
Prior to 2006, Muhammad served as a Justice of the Court of Appeal from 1993 to 2006. He was a Kadi (Judge) at the Sharia court of appeal in Bauchi State, from 1991 to 1993.
Justice Muhammad was also a Provost of the College of Islamic and Legal studies, Bauchi State from 1986 to 1989.
Born December 31st, 1953 Justice Muhammad is a Law graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and also bagged his M.SC and PhD in the same institution of higher learning.
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