The National Judicial Council has forwarded the recommendation for the appointment of the President of the Court of Appeal, Grand Kadis of the Sharia Courts of Appeal of Appeal, Sokoto and Jigawa respectively and President Customary Court of Appeal, Oyo State to the President and respective state governors. Also forwarded are names of recommended Judicial officers for appointment as Judges of the FCT, Lagos, Jigawa, Abia, Delta, Kwara, Kastina, Adamawa and Kaduna States High Courts.
In a press release dated 26th April, 2020 and signed by NJC’s Director of Information, Soji Oye Esq, the NJC under the Chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Honourable Dr. Justice I. T. Muhammad CFR, at its 91st Meeting held online, considered the list of candidates presented by its Interview Committee and resolved to recommend the names of Seventy (70) successful candidates to their respective State Governors for appointment as Heads of Courts and other Judicial Officers in Nigeria.
According to the Press Release, the appointments include; Hon. Justice M. B. Dongban as President of the Court of Appeal, Hon. Kadi Muhammad Sani Salihu as Grand Kadi of the Sharia Court of Appeal, Jigawa State, Hon. Kadi Muhammad Tambari Usman as Grand Kadi, Sharia Court of Appeal, Sokoto State, Hon. Justice Aderonke Adekemi Aderemi as President, Customary Court of Appeal, Oyo State.
The names forwarded as Judges of the High Court of Justice, Lagos State include; Olatokun Dorcas Taiwo, Oshoala Yhaqub Gbadebo, Olukolu Rasul, Oguntade Omotola Ibironke, Olaitan Sharafa Abioye, Pokanu Adeniyi, Ashade Ezekiel Oluwole, Sule Amzat Olufunke
Names recommended as Delta State High Court Judges are: Aaron Ighoverio, Emmanuel Zimi Dolor, Onome Marshal Umukoro, Agboje Veronica Oka, Enenmo Onyeawuli Ferdinard.
Others are; (Jigawa State High Court) Musa Ubale and Hussaina Adamu;
High Court of Justice of Abia State (Chiemezie Chido Nwakanma
and Philomena Onyeje Nweka);
Kwara State High Court (Olanipekun Sherifat Bola, Funsho Dada Lawal, Hussein Toyin Kawu, Nureni Kuranga, Umar Zikki Jibril);
High Court of Kaduna State (Amina Ahmad Bello, Ambo Yakubu John, Andow Edward, Rabi Salisu Oladoja);
High Court of Kastina State (Muhammad Ashiru Sani, Safiya Umar Badamasi);
High Court of Adamawa State (Musa Usman, Kyanson Samuel Lawson).
Thirty Three names were forwarded for appointment as Judges of the FCT High Court. They are; Muhammad Mustapha Adamu, Madugu Mohammed Alhaji, Josephine Obanor Enobie, Kayode Agunloye, Enenche Eleojo, Nwabulu Ngozika Chineze, Abubakar Babashani, Aminu Muhammad Abdullahi, Nwecheonwu Chinyere Elewe, Ibrahim Mohammed, Sadia Mu’azu Mayana, Mimi Anne Katsina Alu-Apena, Kanyip Rosemary Indinya, Aliyu Yunusa Shafa, Mohammed Zubairu, Binta Dogonyaro, Christopher Opeyemi Oba, Adeyemi Ajayi Jadesola, Abubakar Husseini Musa, Adelaja Oluyemisi Ikeolupo, Mohammed Idris Sani, Frances Erhuvwu Messiri, Fatima Abubakar Aliyu, Jude Ogor Onwuegbuzie, Hamza Mu’azu, Edward Ajenu E. Okpe, Agashieze Cyprian Odinaka, Fashola Akeem Adebowale, Aliyu Halilu Ahmed, Hassan Maryam Aliyu, Hafsat Lawan Abba-Aliyu, Olufola Olufolashade Oshin
and Njideka K. Nwosu-Iheme.
Recommended for appointment as Kadis of Sharia Court of Appeal, Kastina State are; Adam Salihu Yarima and Muhammed Adam Makiyu.
According to Soji Oye Esq., “All recommended candidates are expected to be sworn-in after approval by the President, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR and their respective State Governors and confirmation by the respective State House of Assembly.”