The National Judicial Council (NJC), the body charged with regulating activities of judicial officers has appointed 60 new judges, including two state Chief Judges, for 25 states nationwide.
The appointments were made at the NJC’s 85th meeting in Abuja.
The two chief judges are Justice O.O. Akeredolu and Justice Yakubu Gyang Dakwak, for Ondo and Plateau States, respectively.
The other appointees are: Justices Danladi Muhammed, Fatima Ahmed Tafida and Bulila Ladukiya Ikharo (Adamawa State High Court); Bassey Bassey Nkanang and Uwem Freedom Ibritam (Akwa Ibom High Court); Josephine Mbayan Ayua (Benue High Court); Imelda Etope Bassey, Obo Awusa Obo and Emmanuel Ubua Agianpuye (Cross River State High Court); Dafe Celestina Idise, Egwu Joe, Okorodas Anthony Ezonfade, Ideh Blessing Adaoleh and Edun Ajueyitsi Joshua (Delta State High Court).
Others are Justices Irobosa O. A. Omotosho and Aigbona T. Momodu (Edo State High Court); Kabiru Ibrahim Ahmed and Isah Muhammed Bargaja (Sokoto State High Court); Adamu Muhammed Kafin-Madaki (Bauchi State High Court); Joy Lynda Chiama Okibe, Veronica Chinyere Ajogwu and Esther Nnenna Nkechi Alukwu (Enugu State High Court); Musa Kyari Kachalla and Karima Bulama Yusuf (Yobe High Court); Emeka Samuel Nri-Ezedi and Obiora Azuka Nwabunike (Anambra High Court); Onwosi Uwabunkeonye (Ebonyi High Court); Pinheiro Yetunde Rukayat, Ogunjobi Olukayode Ola and Soladoye Abiola Oladunni (Lagos High Court); Augusta Uche K. Chuku and Ollor Godwin Osaronu (Rivers High Court); and Kabiru Umaru and Habibu Mikalilu (Zamfara High Court).
11 Kadis were appointed for State Sharia Courts of Appeal as follows – Dr. Bala Musa (Jigawa); Sa’idu Usman Muhammad, Mohammed Lawal Omar and Mustapha Sani Saulawa (Katsina);Oniye Adebayo Mas’ud (Kwara); Kasimu Yusuf and Umar Liman Abdullahi Sifawa (Sokoto); Muhammad Shehu Turawa Shinkafi and Kabir Muhammad Hafiz (Zamfara); Muhammad Sani Randale and Usman Abdullahi S. Kudu (Kebbi).
Also appointed are Customary Court of Appeal judges as follows – Abimbola Ayodeji Olatunji-Daniel, Abdul Ganiyu Tajudeen Muhammad and Oyafajo Mikail Afolabi (Oyo State) and Legor Torbira Senewo, and Onyiri Frank (Rivers State).