By Bukola Olasanmi
The National Judicial Council, NJC, has recommended the appointments of Justice Tanko Muhammad as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria and eight others as Heads of Court.
NJC Recommends Appointments Of Justice Tanko
The NJC also called on State Executives to commence the immediate implementation of Financial Autonomy for State Judiciary.
The National Judicial Council has recommended the acting chief justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Mohammed as the substantive chief justice of Nigeria.
In a statement issued by the director for information of the council, Soji Oye the decision was reached at the end of an Emergency held on Wednesday by the council and presided over by Justice Umaru Abdullahi after screening two candidates presented by the Federal Judicial Service Commission.
In a plenary presided over by the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad RHW council recommended to the Governors of Sokoto, Lagos, Anambra, Ebonyi, Niger, Taraba, and Kano, and the Jigawa States, eight (8) successful candidates for appointment of Chief Judges and Grand Kadis for the States.
Justice Muhammad Sifawa was appointed as chief judge of Sokoto state high court, Justice Kazeem Alogba for Lagos state, Justice Ijem Onwuamaegbu for Anambra state and Justice Nwaigwe Anselm for Ebonyi state and Justice Aliyu Mayaki for Niger state, Justice Filibus Andetur for Taraba state.
While appointment for grand kadi are Tijjani Yakasai for Kano state, Isa Gantsa for Jigawa state and Jibrin Gantsa.
The newly appointed Heads of Court will be sworn-in after the approval of the President and their respective State Governors and confirmation by the Senate and State Houses of Assembly as the case may be.
Council at the Meeting commended President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, for his unequivocal position on the financial autonomy for the States Judiciary and called on the various State Executives to as a matter of urgency, commence its immediate implementation.
The Council also considered notification of retirements of Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdul Kafarati, and Chief Judges of Gombe, Edo, Niger, Ebonyi, and Acting Chief Judge of Kebbi States as well as those of nine (9) other Judicial Officers from the Federal High Court, High Courts of Gombe, Delta, Edo, Imo, Benue and Katsina States.