CJN swears in 18 Appeal Court justices


*As CJN orders new Appeal Court Judge to retake oath after mentioning Allah

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, has sworn in the 18 judges who were recently elevated to the Court of Appeal.

The new justices of the Court of Appeal are Mohammed Danjuma (Niger State), Muhammad Sirajo (Plateau), Abdul-Azeez Waziri (Adamawa), Yusuf Bashir (Taraba), Usman Musale (Yobe), Ibrahim Jauro (Yobe), Abba Mohammed (Kano State), Bature Gafai (Katsina), Danlami Senchi (Kebbi), and Mohammed Abubakar (Sokoto).

Others are Hassan Sule (Zamfara), Kenneth Amadi (Imo), Peter Affen (Bayelsa), Sybil Gbagi (Delta), Olasunbo Goodluck (Lagos), Adebukola Banjoko (Ogun), Olabode Adegbehingbe (Ondo), and Bola Ademola (Ondo).

A drama played out when Justice Olasunbo Goodluck, a Muslim , took her oath in the name of Allah.

Immediately, the CJN corrected her and she took it in the name of God.

Ms Goodluck who hails from Lagos, South-west Nigeria, broke the “So help me God” rule.

As the judge walked away from the microphone, the CJN ordered Ms Goodluck to return to the podium and say, “So help me God.”

TheNigerialawyer recalls that the inauguration was earlier scheduled to take place in April but had to be postponed due to the nationwide strike of the members of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN).

The strike embarked upon by judiciary workers to press for the financial autonomy of the judiciary started on April 6 and went on to ground Nigerian courts and relevant institutions for over two months.

President Muhammadu Buhari approved the appointment of the judges following their recommendation by the National Judicial Council (NJC).

TheNigerialawyer recalls how the Federal High Court in Abuja, on Friday, struck out a suit demanding three slots for the South-east region in the process of appointing the 18 judges.

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