In a significant development within Nigeria’s judicial system, 22 justices from the Court of Appeal have been recommended for elevation to the Supreme Court. This move, initiated by the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC), marks a notable shift in the composition of the nation’s highest judicial body.
The list of nominated justices, as revealed in a document obtained by SaharaReporters, showcases a diverse representation from various regions of Nigeria. Among these, six justices hail from the North-Central region, demonstrating the region’s significant contribution to the judiciary. Similarly, the South-East region is equally represented with six nominees, underscoring its judicial prominence.
From the South-West and the South-South regions, two justices each have been nominated, adding to the geographical diversity of the candidates. The North-East region is also represented, with two of its justices making it to this prestigious list.
This elevation process follows the retirement of Justice Amina Augie, which had reduced the number of serving justices in the Supreme Court to 11. The inclusion of these 22 justices is thus a crucial step in replenishing the apex court’s strength and ensuring a balanced regional representation.
The nomination of these 22 justices for elevation to the Supreme Court is a pivotal moment for Nigeria’s judicial system. It not only replenishes the Supreme Court’s ranks but also reflects a commitment to regional diversity and judicial excellence. As these nominees await confirmation by the National Judicial Council (NJC), their potential elevation stands as a testament to their distinguished careers and the evolving landscape of Nigeria’s judiciary.
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