Nomination of 22 Justices for Supreme Court Sparks Controversies

National Judicial Council (NJC)

Nomination of Justices for Key Positions: NJC Tight-Lipped on Confirmation


In a recent development, the nomination of judges for priority and reserve positions has sparked curiosity and raised eyebrows within the legal community. The list includes notable names such as Muhammad Lawal Shuaibu from Jigawa State, nominated for a priority position, and Hon Justice Bello Aliyu from Zamfara State, nominated for a reserve position.


Hon Justice Abubakar Sadiq Umar from Kebbi State has also been nominated for a priority position, while Hon Justice Abdullahi Mahmud Bayero from Kano State is listed for a reserve position.

The National Judicial Council (NJC) is at the center of this controversy. When approached for clarification, the NJC Director of Information neither confirmed nor denied the nominations. Instead, he cited the lack of official communication reaching his office as the reason for his reserved response.

Full List of 22 Justices Nominated for Elevation to Supreme Court


The uncertainty surrounding these nominations has led to speculation and a flurry of discussions within legal circles. Many are questioning the criteria used for prioritizing certain judges and designating others as reserves. The lack of transparency in the nomination process has only fueled these concerns.

Legal experts and practitioners are calling for more openness in the selection and nomination procedures to ensure the credibility of the judiciary. The role of the NJC, as a key institution overseeing judicial appointments, is under scrutiny, with calls for greater accountability in the handling of such crucial matters.

The significance of priority and reserve positions in the judiciary cannot be overstated. It not only influences the career trajectory of individual judges but also plays a crucial role in maintaining the integrity of the legal system. As such, the need for a transparent and fair nomination process is paramount.

While the NJC Director of Information refrained from confirming the nominations, the legal community eagerly awaits official communication to shed light on the criteria, considerations, and processes that led to the selection of judges for priority and reserve positions. Clarity on these matters is crucial for upholding the principles of fairness, justice, and accountability within the Nigerian judiciary.



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