The process of selecting eleven new justices to fill the Supreme Court’s vacancies has begun, according to Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Olukayode Ariwoola.
This follows the uproar caused by Justice Musa Dattjio Muhammad’s admission regarding the Supreme Court’s exclusion of certain regions.
With the passing of Justice Centus Nweze and the retirement of Justice Dattjio, respectively, the South East and North Central regions of the nation are no longer represented on the Supreme Court bench.
On October 27, 2023, Justice Dattjio, who served as the North-Central representative on the Supreme Court, announced his retirement from the bench. On July 30, 3023, Justice Nweze, who was born in Enugu State and represented the South East, passed away.
Additionally, the CJN had protested the court’s increasing workload in September 2022, claiming that the court’s diminishing membership was to blame.
However, according to Leadership, the National Judicial Council (NJC) has finished arrangements to fill the supreme court’s bench to its full complement of 21 justices.
It said that Justice Ariwoola, the NJC chairman, is already taking action to fill the eleven open slots.
According to the newspaper, the NJC will probably choose the next justices of the Supreme Court from among the ten Justices of the Court of Appeal for the six North Central and South East seats.
The newspaper stated that three delegates from each of the nation’s six regions should sit on the bench of the highest court.
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