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NJC ISSUES WARNING LETTERS TO THREE JUDGES AND BARS THEM FROM ELEVATION TO HIGHER BENCH FOR A PERIOD; EMPANELS COMMITTEES TO INVESTIGATE 8 JUDGES OF THE FEDERAL & STATE COURTS; APPOINTS 86 JUDICIAL OFFICERS FOR FEDERAL & STATE COURTS;

The National Judicial Council under the Chairmanship of Hon. Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, GCON, at its plenary of 105th Meeting held on 15 & 16 May 2024, resolved to issue warning letters to Hon Justice Inyang E. Ekwo of the Federal High Court and Hon. Justice G. B. Brikins-Okolosi of Delta State High Court.

Hon Justice Inyang E. Ekwo is warned for abuse of discretionary power of a Judge by wrongly granting an ex parte order in Suit No FHC/ABJ/C/626/2023 Juliet Ebere Nwadi Gbaka & 2 Ors V Seplat Energy Plc & 12 Ors,

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The Hon Judge is also barred from being elevated to a higher Bench for a period of two years.

Hon. Justice G. B. Brikins-Okolosi of Delta State High Court is also issued a warning for failure to deliver judgement within stipulated period in Joseph Anene Okafor Vs Skye Bank, Suit No A/94/2010 after parties had filed and adopted their final Written Addresses.

Justice G. B. Brikins-Okolosi will also not be elevated to a higher Bench for a period of three years.

Council cautioned Hon. Justice Amina Shehu of Yobe State High Court for issuing Writ of Possession Conferring Title on the Defendant in Suit No YBS/HC/NNR/1cv/2020 when there was no subsisting judgement of any Court to enable His Lordship issue the Writ.

Council at the meeting considered two Reports of its two Preliminary Complaints Assessment Committees that filtered 35 petitions written against Judges of the Federal and State High Courts and decided to empanel eight Committees to further investigate the petitions that were found meritorious by the Committees.

Petition against various Judges were dismissed for lack of merit, evidence of misconduct, subjudice or that they were matters that could be appealed.

The dismissed petitions were against Hon Justices A. M. Liman, A. A. Okeke, D. E. Osiagor of the Federal High Court, Hon Justices S. B. Belgore, Bello Kawu both of the High Court of Federal Capital Territory, Hon Justices O. A. Chijioke, A. E. Akeredolu and Kadi M. U. El-Mainari who sat on Election Petition Tribunal in Edo State, Hon Justice Okey Paulinus Aneke, High Court Enugu State and Hon Justice C. Anya of Abia State.

Others are Hon Justices M. A. Ikpambese and W. I. Kpochi both of Benue High Court, Hon Justices T. E. Chukwuemeka Chikeka Chief Judge and B. C. Iheka of Imo State High Court, Hon Justice Rose Godwin Soji of Nasarawa State High Court, Hon Justice T. J. Yakubu, High Court Taraba State, High Justices W. N. Danagogo and Chinwendu Nworgu, High Court Rivers State, Hon Justice C. C. Okaa, High Court Anambra State and Hon Justice Abdullahi Sulyman High Court, Kogi State.

The Council deliberated on the notification of retirements of three Judicial Officers including that of the Chief Justice of Nigeria Hon Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, GCON and notification of death of three Judges of the Federal and State Courts.

Council at the Meeting also considered the recommendation of its Interview Committee on Appointment of Judicial Officers of all Superior Courts of Record in Nigeria and resolved to recommend the under-listed 86 Judicial Officers for appointment to the Court of Appeal, High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Sharia Courts of Appeal and Customary Courts of Appeal of States in Nigeria.

They are as follows:

TWENTY-TWO (22) JUSTICES, COURT OF APPEAL

Hon. Justice Kwahar Polycarp Terna

Hon. Justice Ruqayat Oremei Ayoola

Hon. Justice Eleojo Eneche

Hon. Justice Asma’u Akanbi-Yusuf

Hon. Justice Abdullahi Muhammad Liman

Hon. Justice Abdu Dogo

Hon. Justice Fadawu Umaru

Hon. Justice Ishaq Mohammed Sani

Hon. Justice Zainab Bage Abubakar

Hon. Justice Abdulazeez M.  Anka

Hon. Justice Nnamdi Okwy Dimgba

Hon. Justice Nwoye Victoria Tochukwu

Hon. Justice Nwabunkeonye Onwosi

Hon. Justice Okorowo Donatus Uwaezuoke

Hon. Justice Ngozika Uwazurunonye Okaisabor

Hon. Justice Ntong Festus Ntong

Hon. Justice Nehizena Idemudia Afolabi

Hon. Justice Nyesom-Wike Eberechi Suzzette

Hon. Justice Lateef Babajide Lawal-Akapo

Hon. Justice Akinyemi Abiodun Azeem

Hon. Justice Oyewumi Oyejoju Oyebiola

Hon. Justice Olukayode Adegbola Adeniyi

 

TWELVE (12) JUDGES, HIGH COURT, FCT ABUJA

Ademuyiwa Olakunle Oyeyipo

Bamodu Odunayo Olutomi

Anumaenwe Godwin Iheabunike

Odo Celestine Obinna

Hauwa Lawal Gummi

Abdurahman Usman

Buetnaan Mandy Bassi

Sarah Benjamin Inesu Avoh

Maryan Iye Yusuf

Ariwoola Oluwakemi Victoria

Lesley Nkesi Belema Wike

Munirat Ibrahim Tanko

 

SEVEN (7) JUDGES, IMO STATE HIGH COURT

Akowundu Cletus Ndubuisi

Uchenna Mary Njoku

Chibuogwu Ojiugo Chukwumaeze

Ononogbo Chidi Linus

Adaego Peace Nosiri

Emeka Ozoma Orafu

Mathew Chinedu Ijezie

 

SIX (6) JUDGES, BAUCH STATE HIGH COURT

Amin Umar Ilelah

Aliyu Bin Idris

Ahmed Shuaibu Ningi

Shafa’u Ladan Yusuf

Abdussalam Idris Waziri

Kawu A. Yerima

 

THREE (3) JUDGES, TARABA STATE HIGH COURT

Hamidu Audu

Bibonga Jeniffer Nauma

Joel Daniel Ubandoma

 

THIRTEEN (13) JUDGES, LAGOS STATE HIGH COURT

Sunmonu Tunde Bashiru

Azeez Fimisola Augusta

Alebiosu Olawale Lawal

Adewale Russel Musiliu

Popoola Oluwatosin Ajose

Anjorin-Ajose Tanimola Abdulwaheed

Muyideen Abdul-Raheem Tejumade

George Alfred Akingbola

Balogun Adegboyega Ganiu

Shonubi Adenike Kudirat

Badejo-Okusanya Yewande Jokotola

Layinka Oyeladun Amope

Ojuromi Nalirat Olayinka Oluwatosin

 

FOUR (4) JUDGES, KOGI STATE HIGH COURT

Ajesola Joseph Sunday

Ojoma Rachael Haruna

Kadiri Badama

Ezema Beatrice Ada

 

TWO (2) JUDGES, JIGAWA STATE HIGH COURT,

Mohammad El-Usman

Nilfa Abdullahi Gambo

 

FIVE (5) KADIS, SHARIA COURT OF APPEAL, BAUCHI STATE

Ishaku Magaji

Abdurrahman Hassan Sabo

Bello Mohammed Sambowal

Muhyiddeen Mohammed

Mahmoud Idris Shehu Tiyin

 

FIVE (5) KADIS, SHARIA COURT OF APPEAL, KOGI STATE

Muhammad Muhammad Bello

Okino Isah Saidu

Yakubu Adavenge Abbas

Shaibu Ridwan Aliyu

Idris Alhaji Abdullahi

 

ONE (1) KADI, SHARIA COURT OF APPEAL, JIGAWA STATE

Mukhtar Shuaibu Adam

 

THREE (3) JUDGES, IMO STATE CUSTOMARY COURT OF APPEAL

Everyman Ezenna Eleanya

Ofoha Sylvesta Uchenna

Ibeh Rosemond Oluchi

 

TWO JUDGES, CUSTOMARY COURT OF APPEAL, TARABA STATE

Esther Tata

Benjamin Samuila Bawage

 

ONE (1) JUDGE, CUSTOMARY COURT OF APPEAL, KOGI STATE

Maryann Oziohu Otaru

All recommended candidates are expected to be sworn-in after the approval of the NJC recommendations to the President and their respective State Governors.

Soji Oye, Esq.

Director, Information

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