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SEE FULL LIST: Wike’s wife, CJN’s daughter-in-law… NJC appoints 86 new judges

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The National Judicial Council (NJC) has recommended the appointment of 22 judges to the appeal court.

In a statement on Friday, Soji Oye, NJC’s director of information, announced that 86 judicial officers were recommended as judges for federal and state courts.

Oye said the recommended judicial officers will be sworn in after approvals from President Bola Tinubu and their respective state governors.

Among the judges recommended for elevation to the court of appeal is Nyesom-Wike Eberechi Suzzette, a judge at Rivers high court.

Suzzette is the wife of Nyesom Wike, minister of the federal capital territory (FCT).

Also, Ariwoola Oluwakemi Victoria, the daughter-in-law of Olukayode Ariwoola, chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), was among those recommended as judges of the FCT high court.

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JUSTICES OF COURT OF APPEAL

  1. Hon. Justice Kwahar Polycarp Terna
  2. Hon. Justice Ruqayat Oremei Ayoola
  3. Hon. Justice Eleojo Eneche
  4. Hon. Justice Asma’u Akanbi-Yusuf
  5. Hon. Justice Abdullahi Muhammad Liman
  6. Hon. Justice Abdu Dogo
  7. Hon. Justice Fadawu Umaru
  8. Hon. Justice Ishaq Mohammed Sani
  9. Hon. Justice Zainab Bage Abubakar

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has recommended the appointment of 22 judges to the appeal court.

In a statement on Friday, Soji Oye, NJC’s director of information, announced that 86 judicial officers were recommended as judges for federal and state courts.

Oye said the recommended judicial officers will be sworn in after approvals from President Bola Tinubu and their respective state governors.

Among the judges recommended for elevation to the court of appeal is Nyesom-Wike Eberechi Suzzette, a judge at Rivers high court.


Suzzette is the wife of Nyesom Wike, minister of the federal capital territory (FCT).

Also, Ariwoola Oluwakemi Victoria, the daughter-in-law of Olukayode Ariwoola, chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), was among those recommended as judges of the FCT high court.

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JUSTICES OF COURT OF APPEAL

  1. Hon. Justice Kwahar Polycarp Terna
  2. Hon. Justice Ruqayat Oremei Ayoola
  3. Hon. Justice Eleojo Eneche

  1. Hon. Justice Asma’u Akanbi-Yusuf
  2. Hon. Justice Abdullahi Muhammad Liman
  3. Hon. Justice Abdu Dogo
  4. Hon. Justice Fadawu Umaru
  5. Hon. Justice Ishaq Mohammed Sani
  6. Hon. Justice Zainab Bage Abubakar

  1. Hon. Justice Abdulazeez M. Anka
  2. Hon. Justice Nnamdi Okwy Dimgba
  3. Hon. Justice Nwoye Victoria Tochukwu
  4. Hon. Justice Nwabunkeonye Onwosi
  5. Hon. Justice Okorowo Donatus Uwaezuoke
  6. Hon. Justice Ngozika Uwazurunonye Okaisabor
  7. Hon. Justice Ntong Festus Ntong
  8. Hon. Justice Nehizena Idemudia Afolabi
  9. Hon. Justice Nyesom-Wike Eberechi Suzzette
  10. Hon. Justice Lateef Babajide Lawal-Akapo
  11. Hon. Justice Akinyemi Abiodun Azeem
  12. Hon. Justice Oyewumi Oyejoju Oyebiola
  13. Hon. Justice Olukayode Adegbola Adeniyi

JUDGES OF HIGH COURT, FCT ABUJA

  1. Ademuyiwa Olakunle Oyeyipo
  2. Bamodu Odunayo Olutomi
  3. Anumaenwe Godwin Iheabunike
  4. Odo Celestine Obinna
  5. Hauwa Lawal Gummi
  6. Abdurahman Usman
  7. Buetnaan Mandy Bassi
  8. Sarah Benjamin Inesu Avoh
  9. Maryan Iye Yusuf
  10. Ariwoola Oluwakemi Victoria
  11. Lesley Nkesi Belema Wike
  12. Munirat Ibrahim Tanko

JUDGES OF IMO STATE HIGH COURT

  1. Akowundu Cletus Ndubuisi
  2. Uchenna Mary Njoku
  3. Chibuogwu Ojiugo Chukwumaeze
  4. Ononogbo Chidi Linus
  5. Adaego Peace Nosiri
  6. Emeka Ozoma Orafu
  7. Mathew Chinedu Ijezie

JUDGES OF BAUCH STATE HIGH COURT

  1. Amin Umar Ilelah
  2. Aliyu Bin Idris
  3. Ahmed Shuaibu Ningi
  4. Shafa’u Ladan Yusuf
  5. Abdussalam Idris Waziri
  6. Kawu A. Yerima

JUDGES OF TARABA STATE HIGH COURT

  1. Hamidu Audu
  2. Bibonga Jeniffer Nauma
  3. Joel Daniel Ubandoma

JUDGES OF LAGOS STATE HIGH COURT

  1. Sunmonu Tunde Bashiru
  2. Azeez Fimisola Augusta
  3. Alebiosu Olawale Lawal
  4. Adewale Russel Musiliu
  5. Popoola Oluwatosin Ajose
  6. Anjorin-Ajose Tanimola Abdulwaheed
  7. Muyideen Abdul-Raheem Tejumade
  8. George Alfred Akingbola
  9. Balogun Adegboyega Ganiu
  10. Shonubi Adenike Kudirat
  11. Badejo-Okusanya Yewande Jokotola
  12. Layinka Oyeladun Amope
  13. Ojuromi Nalirat Olayinka Oluwatosin

JUDGES OF KOGI STATE HIGH COURT

  1. Ajesola Joseph Sunday
  2. Ojoma Rachael Haruna
  3. Kadiri Badama
  4. Ezema Beatrice Ada

JUDGES OF JIGAWA STATE HIGH COURT

  1. Mohammad El-Usman
  2. Nilfa Abdullahi Gambo

KADIS OF SHARIA COURT OF APPEAL, BAUCHI STATE

  1. Ishaku Magaji
  2. Abdurrahman Hassan Sabo
  3. Bello Mohammed Sambowal
  4. Muhyiddeen Mohammed
  5. Mahmoud Idris Shehu Tiyin

KADIS OF SHARIA COURT OF APPEAL, KOGI STATE

  1. Muhammad Muhammad Bello
  2. Okino Isah Saidu
  3. Yakubu Adavenge Abbas
  4. Shaibu Ridwan Aliyu
  5. Idris Alhaji Abdullahi

KADI OF SHARIA COURT OF APPEAL, JIGAWA STATE

  1. Mukhtar Shuaibu Adam

JUDGES OF IMO STATE CUSTOMARY COURT OF APPEAL

  1. Everyman Ezenna Eleanya
  2. Ofoha Sylvesta Uchenna
  3. Ibeh Rosemond Oluchi

JUDGES OF CUSTOMARY COURT OF APPEAL, TARABA STATE

  1. Esther Tata
  2. Benjamin Samuila Bawage

JUDGE OF CUSTOMARY COURT OF APPEAL, KOGI STATE

  1. Maryann Oziohu Otaru

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Rivers crisis: Caretaker chairs denied access to offices as police barricade LGA secretariats

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Officers of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) have continued to barricade the 23 LGA headquarters of Rivers state.

On Tuesday, the Rivers police command announced the take over of the council headquarters following clashes between supporters of Siminalayi Fubara, governor of Rivers, and Nyesom Wike, his predecessor.

The crisis ensued after youths stormed the LGA secretariats to dislodge the elected chairpersons, whose tenure ended on Monday.

Following the expiration of the chairpersons’ tenure, Fubara ordered the heads of local government administration to immediately assume control of the 23 council areas of the state.

Despite the governor’s directive, some of the former LGA chairpersons reportedly attempted to resume duty at the council secretariat, but they were chased away by youths.

During the clash at Eberi-Omuma community in Okuama LGA, a police officer and one vigilante member were killed.

On Wednesday, Fubara swore in the caretaker committee chairpersons for the 23 LGAs.

Some of the caretaker chairpersons could not access the council offices because armed police officers remained stationed at the LGA headquarters.

Speaking in an interview on Channels Television on Wednesday, Darlington Orji, caretaker committee chairman of Ikwere LGA, said after the swearing-in ceremony, he could not access the council because it was barricaded by police officers.

Orji said the police officers said they were acting on the orders of Kayode Egbetokun, inspector-general of police.

Over the past few months, Rivers has been engulfed in political crisis due to the rift between Fubara and Wike.

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FG busts 1,618 civil servants with fake employment letters

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The Federal Government has announced that over the past year, it has identified 1,618 civil service officers with fake employment letters and removed them from the Integration Personnel Payroll and Information System (IPPIS).

Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, the Head of the Federation’s civil service, revealed this during a media briefing in Abuja on Wednesday, June 19.

The event was part of the 2024 Civil Service Week, themed “Education an African fit for the 21st Century: Building Resilient Education System for Increased Access to Inclusive Lifelong, Quality and Relevant Learning in Africa.”

Dr. Yemi-Esan explained that through physical verification conducted by various Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs), the previously inflated federal civil service workforce has been reduced from over 100,000 to 69,308 verified employees now on the payroll.

She also mentioned that besides discovering ghost workers with fake employment letters, the verification exercise caught some civil servants who had left the country for better overseas opportunities.

These individuals returned for the verification process weeks later, claiming they were unaware of the schedule, and were given an additional two weeks to complete their verification.

According to the Nigerian Tribune, the Head of Civil Service of the Federation said instead of waiting for the two weeks in addition to the days they had already spent in Nigeria, “a lot of them tendered their resignation letters because no UK organisation would afford to give two additional weeks in the country to perfect the verification process.”

Regarding the widespread corruption in the public service, Yemi-Esan stated that her office has been collaborating with the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to eradicate corruption from the system.

She also highlighted efforts to enhance the Federal Civil Service for better and more efficient service delivery to Nigerians, expressing confidence that the entire service would be fully digitised by the end of 2025.

Yemi-Esan revealed that the current administration has made significant strides in transforming and digitising work processes.

“From the service-wide perspective, all MDAs, all other ministries are also running with the digitalisation programme and there are different stages of implementation, but they have a mandate for all to achieve full migration by the end of 2025,” she said.

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Sanwo-Olu pledges to arrest Fouani brothers’ kidnappers, assures Lagosians of enhanced security

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Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has vowed to arrest the perpetrators behind the recent kidnapping of three Lebanese nationals, including Muhammed Fouani, the Managing Director of Fouani Nigeria Limited.

The Governor emphasized that his administration would not tolerate individuals with malicious intentions in the state.

He reassured Lagos residents, particularly business owners and religious tourists, that stringent security measures are being implemented to ensure their safety.

These assurances were contained in an official statement by Gboyega Akosile, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Lagos State Governor, on the Lagos State Government’s website on Wednesday.

“Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Wednesday vowed to arrest perpetrators behind the recent kidnapping of the three Lebanese nationals, including the Managing Director of Fouani Nigeria Limited, Muhammed Fouani, saying his government would not condone people of evil intentions in the State.

“He assured Lagos residents, particularly business owners and religious tourists, of adequate security in the state, saying his administration is committed to making the State peaceful, attractive and homely,” the statement read in part.

Furthermore, Governor Sanwo-Olu clarified that the kidnapping of three Lebanese nationals occurred on the waterway en route to Ikorodu, not around Five Cowry in Falomo as reported in the media.

He assured the public that authorities are actively pursuing the kidnappers and taking decisive actions to apprehend them.

The Governor emphasized that security forces are thoroughly combing all necessary areas to ensure those responsible are brought to justice.

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