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NJC Okays 11 New Justices For Supreme Court

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The National Judicial Council (NJC) has cleared 11 Court of Appeal Justices for elevation to the Supreme Court.

NJC’s Director of Information, Soji Oye, said in a press statement on Wednesday, that the council decided at its 104th meeting after considering the list of candidates presented by its Interview Committee.

According to Oye, Wednesday’s meeting of the council, chaired by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Olukayode Ariwoola, who doubles as NJC’s chairperson, also recommended some heads of courts and other judicial officers for federal and state courts in the country.

Currently, there are only 10 justices on the Supreme Court bench, which is 11 justices short of its full complement of 21 judges.

The recommendation of the 11 justices to fill the openings on the Supreme Court bench was made by the NJC to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who has the exclusive powers to approve the appointment of the candidates subject to Senate’s confirmation.

If the appointment of all the candidates is confirmed as soon as possible, the Supreme Court will have its full complement of 21 justices for the first time.

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