The National Judicial Council (NJC) is poised to submit the names of 11 successful candidates for Supreme Court Justice positions to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for official appointment. A rigorous screening process was conducted on Tuesday at the NJC Committee Room in Abuja, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., for the 22 priority and reserved candidates.
The priority candidates include Justice Jummai Sankey, Justice Stephen Adah, Justice Mohammed Idris, Justice Abubakar Umar, Justice Chidiebere Uwa, Justice Obande Ogbuinya, Justice Ugochukwu Ogakwu, Justice Moore Adumein, and Justice Habeeb Abiru. The reserved candidates’ list features Justice Muhammad Sirajo, Justice Ridwan Abdullahi, Justice Joseph Ikyegh, Justice Abubakar Talba, Justice Balkisu Aliyu, Justice Abdullahi Bayero, Justice Onyekachi Otisi, Justice Theresa Orji-Abadua, Justice Chioma Nwosu-Iheme, Justice Biobele Georgewill, and Justice Oyewole Kayode.
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According to a source within the National Judicial Council, the shortlisted justices underwent thorough clearance by security agencies, including the Department of State Services (DSS) and the police, before reaching the NJC.
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The source stated that the NJC plenary would conclude the ratification of the successful candidates’ names, which would then be promptly forwarded to President Tinubu. The screening process, conducted by the interview committee headed by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, is in adherence to NJC guidelines for Supreme Court Justice appointments.
The NJC’s procedure entails the Chairman of the Judicial Service Commission/Committee creating a provisional shortlist based on merit, which must be twice the number of judicial officers intended for appointment.
This provisional list is circulated for comments on the suitability of candidates before being forwarded to the NJC for consideration. The successful candidates undergo an NJC interview, and their names are sent to the President.
Legal Attorney blog comprehends the importance of a meticulous and transparent selection process in upholding the judiciary’s integrity, ensuring only the most qualified individuals ascend to the esteemed positions within the Supreme Court.
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