SMBLF rejects list of Appeal Court Justices for appointed, alleges compromise in selection

  The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum, SMBLF, has asked the National Judicial Council not to approve a list compiled for the appointm...

 

The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum, SMBLF, has asked the National Judicial Council not to approve a list compiled for the appointment of Appeal Court Justices by the Federal Judicial Service Commission, FJSC.

The forum alleged that the list has been compromised by politicians at the commission.

The forum allegedly expressed dismay that the list of nominated candidates picked from the north do not have the names of Christians in it.

A statement jointly signed by the forum’s leaders Mr. Yinka Odumakin (South-west), Chief Guy Ikoku (South-east), Senator Bassey Henshaw (South-south) and Dr. Isuwa Dogo (Middle Belt), alleged that the list submitted to the Commission by the President of the Court of Appeal (PCA), Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, was rejected.

It stated, “It is part of the constitutional responsibilities of the PCA to scrutinise candidates and present a list of competent and qualified candidates to FJSC for consideration and onward transmission to the National Judicial Council for appointment.”

The forum said the 20 candidates on the preferred list picked from the North excluded Christians, alleging that three Khadis were on board for a court that needs experts in various areas of law, including customary law.

The statement explained that the original list of the PCA had reflected all such needs but was overturned at the FJSC under the guise of Federal Character.

According to the SMBLF statement, “But for the nepotism that is celebrated in Nigeria today, what is the basis of not having a Christian on such a list from the entire northern Nigeria? We cannot accept that a multi-ethnic and religious country is being treated this way. We want them to call for the original list prepared by the President of the Court of Appeal to avoid lawsuit on the matter.”

SMBLF noted that the shortlisted judges by the NJC priority list are Hon. Kadi Mohammed Danjuma (Niger State Sharia Court of Appeal); Hon. Justice Muhammad Ibrahim Sirajo (Plateau State High Court); Hon. Justice Abdul-Azeez Waziri (Federal High Court, from Adamawa State); Hon. Justice Yusuf Alhaji Bashir, Hon.

Others are Justice Usman A. Musale (FCT High Court, from Yobe State); Hon. Justice Ibrahim Wakili Jauro (Yobe State High Court); Hon. Justice Abba Bello Mohammed (FCT High Court, from Kano State); Hon. Kadi Mohammed Lawal Omar (Katsina State Sharia Court of Appeal); Hon. Justice Bature Isah Gafai (Katsina State); Hon. Justice Danlami Zama Senchi ( FCT High Court, from Kebbi State).

Also are, ‘Hon. Kadi Bello Ladan Raha (Kebbi State Sharia Court of Appeal); Hon. Justice Mohammed Lawal Abubakar (Sokoto State High Court); Hon. Justice Muslim Sule Hassan (Federal High Court, from Zamfara State); Hon. Junneth Ikechukwu Amadi (National Industrial Court, from Imo State); Hon. Justice Peter Oyinkenimiemi Affen ( FCT High Court, from Bayelsa State); Hon. Justice Sybil Nwaka-Gbagi (Lagos High Court, from Delta State); Hon. Justice Olasumbo Goodluck (FCT High Court, from Lagos State); Hon. Justice Adebukunola Banjoko (FCT High Court, from Ogun State); Hon. Justice Olabode Adegbehingbe (Ondo State High Court); and Hon. Justice Bola Samuel Ademola (Ondo State High Court).

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