The two-day meeting of the National Judicial Council will begin on Tuesday 15th January. It is a scheduled meeting which will be presided by the Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Walter S. Nkanu Onnoghen, who happens to be Chairman of the Council. The meeting has long
Issues to be discussed includes appointments of judicial officers and the discipline of the judicial officers. Surely the issue of petition written against Justice Onnoghen will come but is not listed. The deputy chairman of the council who may likely take over from Justice Onnoghen as Chief Justice in the future, Honourable Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad will attend the meeting. Justice Tanko Muhammad is from Doguwa-Giade, a local government in Bauchi State. He is 65. He received a bachelor’s degree in 1980. He later obtained a Master and Doctorate (Ph.D.) degree from Ahmadu Bello University. Justice Tanko Muhammad began his career in 1982, after he was called to the bar in 1981, the same year he graduated from the Nigeria Law School. By procedure he has five more years to spend in the Supreme Court.
Other members of the Council who are already in Abuja are Justice Z.A. Bulckachuwa, Justice E.O. Ayoola, Justice Sunday Akinola Akintan, CON, Justice Umaru Abdullahi, Justice V.O.A. Omage, Justice Adamu Abdu-Kafarati, Justice B.A. Adejumo, Justice Nasiru Ajanah, Justice M.L. Abimbola, Justice Kashim Zannah, Justice Pascal Obinna Nnadi and Justice Marshall Umukoro. Others are Hon Grand Kadi Mohammed Abdulkadir, Justice Julia Kyentu, A.B. Mahmud, SAN, Dr. Garba Tetengi, SAN, Muiz Banire, SAN, Lady Debby Obodoukwu, Mrs. R.I. Niga and Ahmed Gambo Saleh, the Secretary of Judicial Council of Nigeria.
The embattled President of the Nigeria Bar Association, Mr Paul Usoro will attend the meeting as well as a prominent lawyer, Mr Daniel Dodo.
The National Judicial Council is the apex body for the Nation’s Judiciary. It is one of the Federal Executives Bodies created by virtue of Section 153 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended. The Council is vested with enormous powers and functions, which no such institution in the 1979 or any other previous Constitution had.
By the provision of the Paragraph 21 of Part One of the Third Schedule o the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended; “The National Judicial Council shall have power to—recommend to the President from among the list of persons submitted to it by—the Federal Judicial Service Commission, persons for appointment to the Offices of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, the Justices of the Supreme Court, the President and Justices of the Court of Appeal, the Chief Judge and Judges of the Federal High Court, the President and Judges of National Industrial Court, and the Judicial Service Committee of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, persons for appointments to the Offices of the Chief Judge and Judges of the High Court of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, the Grand Kadi and Kadis of the Sharia Court of Appeal of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and the President and Judges of the Customary Court of Appeal of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
It is rather unfortunate that Justice Onnoghen and Mr. Paul Usoro are on trial at this time. The trial makes a mockery of the good work the National Judicial Council has been doing of late in cleansing the Judiciary.
I am aware that the council had sanctioned many judicial officers and has set up proper procedure on the way forward for the judiciary.
I will not dwell much on the trial of
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The circumstances of his being sworn-in
He is 67. He was called to bar in 1975. The third on the line is Justice Nwali Sylvester Ngwuta, 67, from Ukawu, Onicha, Ebonyi State. He is an Ezza-speaking person by birth. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Law from Obafemi Awolowo University and was
She met Peter Odili, a medical doctor, at a campus party and the two began a romantic relationship. In 1976, she graduated with an LLB (Hons) and was rated the best student
The Judiciary must rise above board if it is to earn the honour and dignity that it deserves. A judicial officer must be last to break the law under any excuse of ignorance. A corrupt judiciary will lead to a corrupt society. The Nigerian Judiciary must purge itself.
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