Why judges from 12 states will not be nominated to Court of Appeal – NJC

Nigerian judges used to illustrate the story, [Photo credit: 360Nobs.com]
Nigerian judges used to illustrate the story, [Photo credit: 360Nobs.com]

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.

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.

Mr. Oye explained that “the exercise is on-going and no candidate has been recommended so far.”

“To put the records straight, appointment of Judicial Officers to the Court of Appeal is done on merit and geographical spread.

“Section 2 of Court of Appeal (Amendment) Act, 2013, governing the appointment of Justices of Court of Appeal provides that the total number of Justices to be appointed should not be more than 90 plus the President. The Court however, currently has 76 Justices leaving vacancy for additional 14 Justices. Of the 76 Justices of the Court, the North Central with 6 States and FCT has 12 Justices; North-East with 6 States has 12 Justices plus the President; North-West with 7 States has 9 Justices; South-East with 5 States has 13 Justices; South-South with 6 States has 14 Justices and South-West with 6 States has 15 Justices.”

The spokesperson also explained the basis for which the vacancies exist.

“Appointments are made to the Court based on the elevation of Appeal Court Justices to the Supreme Court, retirement at the age of 70 years, or death. Such vacancies are filled with judicial officers from the zone of the judge who died, retired or elevated.

“It is therefore unfair for the online media to claim that the National Judicial Council recommended no Candidate from the South-East which currently has 13 Justices at the Court of Appeal,” he added.

PREMIUM TIMES earlier on Tuesday reported a previous explanation by Mr. Oye and the Senior Special Assistant on media to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Awassam Bassey, on the pattern of nomination of judges in courts across Nigeria.


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  • So oju abe niko

    Thanks to SR for briinging the issue forward. Thanks to NJC for clarifying. Nothing wrong in crying out over a perceived injustice. Now that the issue has been clarified, we can all move on to the next controversy.

    Sitting Judges

    South-East – 13
    South-south – 14
    South-West -15
    Total South = 42
    North-East –12
    North Central – 12
    North West – 9
    Total North -33
    New appointments = 14
    North – 11
    South – 3
    Total after new appointments
    North – 33 + 11 = 44
    South – 42 +3 = 45

    • Prosperous Nigeria

      Na una sabi!

    • Julius

      No, they won’t move on for another week. Hatred don’t just go away with facts.

  • Ajayi Ifayemi

    False alarm as usual

  • Hinds Peter

    We all know that Jesus was given Gold frankincense and Mirth as a baby.By three wise men.Christmas will be in a few weeks time.Perhaps if royalty does not believe in the bible.They could stay away from church altogether.They have stopped sacrificing in church.Maybe they will soon stop communion too.Peter Carlos Hinds.Commander.Barbados.

    • FineBoy

      3 wise men?

      Which Bible did you see that?

  • Hinds Peter

    “Trust in the lord with all your heart.And lean not on your own understanding”.Bible.Peter Carlos Hinds.Commander.Barbados.

  • Hinds Peter

    If queen Elizabeth does not want to go to the wedding.That is up to her.Christianity does not convert by the sword.Peter Carlos Hinds.Commander.Barbados.

    • Patriot01

      bros which forum did you jump out from?

      • Julius

        Lmaooooooooooooo….crack is a bad thing to smoke ooo !

  • MKO

    The wailers will not thiis vivid explanation for the reasons some states were appointed at court of appeal and some are not.

  • JOHN

    This people truly want to destroy everything noble in Nigeria. The law stipulated that appointments of Appeal Court judges shall be based on merit and not on Federal Character because of the need to ensure that only the very best can be brilliant enough to dispense justice with knowledge and without fear or favour. Look at the incompetence of the Federal Attorney General and the embarrassment he has brought to bear on this government all because Buhari was hell bent on making a northerner the AGF. The NJC should immediately adopt merit only in the appointments of judges by setting exams for those that are recommended for appointment with only those that scores above 79% to be so appointed.