Group faults NJC, CJN on Supreme Court nominations

By Joseph Jibueze

A group, the Access to Justice (A2Justice), has sued President Muhammadu Buhari and Chief Justice Ibrahim Muhammad at the Federal High Court in Abuja over the nomination of four justices for elevation to the Supreme Court.

It is praying the court to stop the process for violating applicable judicial guidelines.

The Senate, the National Judicial Council (NJC) and the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC) are the other respondents.

The NJC, on October 23, recommended the appointment of Adamu Jauro, Emmanuel Agim, C. Oseji and Helen Ogunwumiju as Supreme Court justices.

A2Justice, through its lawyers Jude Ogodi and Joseph Otteh, contend that the FJSC and the NJC failed to comply with the established judicial appointment procedures.

It said they circumvented aspects of the rules designed to make the recruitment process transparent, fair, merit-based and competitive.

According to the group, the NJC and FJSC also failed to disclose information that would enable…

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