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Appointment of three FCT judges highly charged and flawed –Group

A civil society organisation, Entry to Justice, has stated that the appointment and swearing-in of at the very least three judges of the Excessive Courtroom of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja are the results of extremely charged and flawed choice processes for judges carried out by the Judicial Service Committee of the FCT and the Nationwide Judicial Council.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Olukayode Ariwoola, on Wednesday swore in 12 judges who had been just lately appointed as justices of the Excessive Courtroom of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.

The judges who had been sworn in are: Buetnaan Mandy Bassi from Plateau State; Ademuyiwa Olakunle Oyeyipo from Kwara State; Bamodu Odunayo Olutomi from Lagos State; Iheabunike Anumaenwe Godwin from Imo State; Odo Celestine Obinna from Enugu State; and Hauwa Lawal Gummi from Zamfara State.

Others are: Sarah Benjamin Inesu Avoh of Bayelsa State; Maryam Iye Yusuf of Kogi State; Ariwoola Oluwakemi Victoria of Oyo State; Lesley Nkesi Belema Wike of Rivers State; Ibrahim Tanko Munirat of Bauchi State; and Abdulrahman Usman of Taraba State.

The Chairman of the group, Mr Joseph Otteh, stated this whereas responding to the swearing in of, amongst others, the daughter-in-law of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Olukayode Ariwoola.

Otteh stated that on the time the vacancies had been introduced, the three candidates weren’t thought of for such appointments anyway.

In line with him, two of those appointments contain the daughter of the Chief Justice of the FCT Excessive Courtroom and the daughter-in-law of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, each from Kogi and Oyo states respectively.

He stated: “Having regard to the provisions of Part 14(3) of the 1999 Structure, in addition to Part 2 of the Excessive Courtroom of The Federal Capital Territory, Abuja (Variety of Judges) Act 2003, the candidates weren’t eligible for appointment within the first place.

“In appointing them, the FCT JSC and the NJC have abused their powers for private acquire, and have violated the relevant legal guidelines of Nigeria in addition to the rules of the NJC on appointments of judges, whereas the heads of those establishments have acted unethically.

“The same objection can be raised in relation to the daughter of the President of the Courtroom of Attraction, who was additionally really helpful for appointment by the NJC.”

Otteh defined that on the time of Justice Buetnaan Mandy Bassi’s appointment, she was a sitting choose of the Plateau State Excessive Courtroom. In our respectful opinion, it’s due to this fact unconstitutional to think about her for reappointment as a choose of the Excessive Courtroom in one other jurisdiction.

He stated: “Sadly, the Nigerian President has did not cease the illegality by making the appointments.

“It’s extensively believed that the suggestions of those three candidates for appointment had been made beneath opaque circumstances and with undue affect, thereby rising public mistrust within the appointment processes of the judiciary in Nigeria, which at the moment are extensively seen as self-serving, nepotistic and non-transparent.

“Many concern that the number of these candidates, like that between the CJN, the President of the Courtroom of Attraction and the Chief Justice of the FCT Excessive Courtroom, was a case of what’s recognized within the native vernacular as ‘you scratch my again, I will scratch yours,’” he stated.

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