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Justice Beatrice Iliya of the Gombe State High Court has written a protest letter to the National Judicial Council over the exclusion of her name from the list of judges to be considered for appointment as the Chief Judge of Gombe State.

In the letter, dated November 13, addressed to the NJC Chairman and Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, Justice Iliya contended that the exclusion of her name from the list sent to the NJC by the Gombe State Judicial Service Commission was a violation of the NJC directive on the appointment of a Chief Judge.

She noted that as the most senior judge on the Gombe State High Court bench, there was no justification for the JSC not to send her name to the NJC.

Justice Iliya said there was no legal or moral justification for the JSC to depart from the tradition of appointing the most senior judge as the Chief Judge.

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