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Twenty-two Justices of the Court of Appeal have been nominated by the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC), for elevation to the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
Consequently, FJSC has sent the list of the 22 nominees to the National Judicial Council (NJC) for ratification and onward recommendation to President Bola Tinubu.
The names of the nominees were revealed in an FJSC document released on Thursday.
The nominees include the chairman of the defunct Presidential Election Petitions Court (PEPC), Haruna Tsammani, who hails from Bauchi State.
The North-Central region has six nominees, while the South-West and South-South regions have two nominees each. The South-East region also has six nominees, and the North-East has two nominees.
The development is coming after the retirement of Amina Augie and Mohammed Dattijo, which left the Supreme Court with only 10 serving Justices.
While some of the nominees were tagged ‘Priority’, others were tagged ‘Reserve’. By implication, the ‘reserve’ nominees are alternate nominees in case of any eventuality.
See the full list of the 22 nominated Justices below:
1. Nwaoma Uwa (Abia State) – Priority
1A. Onyekachi Otisi (Abia State) – Reserve
2. Obande Ogbuinya (Ebonyi State) – Priority
2A. Theresa Orji-Abadua (Imo State) – Reserve
3. Anthony Ogakwu (Enugu State) – Priority
3A. Chioma Nwosu-lheme (Imo State) – Reserve
1. Moore Adumein (Bayelsa State) – Priority
1A. Biobele Georgewill (Rivers State) – Reserve
1. Adewale Abiru (Lagos State) – Priority
1A. Olubunmi Oyewole (Osun State) – Reserve
1. Jummai Sankey (Plateau State) – Priority
1A. Justice Muhammad Ibrahim Sirajo (Plateau) – Reserve
2. Stephen Adah (Kogi State) – Priority
2A. Ridman Maiwada Abdullahi (Nassarawa State) – Reserve
3. Baba Idris (Niger State) – Priority
3A. Joseph Ikyegh (Benue State) – Reserve
1. Haruna Tsammani (Bauchi State) – Priority
1A. Abubakar Talba (Adamawa State) – Reserve
1. Muhammad Lawal Shuaibu (Jigawa State) – Priority
1A. Bello Aliyu (Zamfara State) – Reserve
2. Abubakar Sadiq Umar (Kebbi State) – Priority
2A. Abdullahi Mahmud Bayero (Kano State) – Reserve