Supreme Court Justices Reduce to 11 as CJN Calls for Appointment

The Nigerian judiciary is at a critical juncture, with only 11 justices currently serving on the Supreme Court.

However, there is hope that the court will soon have its full complement of 21 justices, with authorities fast-tracking the process of appointing 11 new justices.

The apex court currently has 11 Justices, which will reduce to 10 on Friday when Justice Musa Dattijo Muhammad retires.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Olukayode Ariwoola, has already called for nominations from the Nigerian Bar Association and heads of courts to ensure that the selection process is transparent and fair.

The National Judicial Council has committed to completing the process before the end of next month, and there is a sense of urgency to do so, given the concern expressed by many about the state of affairs at the Supreme Court.

A valedictory court session has been scheduled to mark the retirement of Justice Musa Dattijo Muhammad, who will be leaving the bench on Friday.

Justice Ariwoola said that the situation is a critical moment for the Nigerian judiciary, and it is imperative that they ensure the appointment of these 11 new justices as soon as possible to ensure that justice is served and the rule of law upheld.


Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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