CJN Swears In 22 New FCT Judges

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Chief Justice Of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad
  • Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) has on Tuesday sworn in 22 new Federal Capital Territory (FCT) judges.

EKO HOT BLOG reports that the CJN, Ibrahim Muhammad, warned the newly appointed 22 judges against misuse of power.

In April, the National Judicial Council (NJC) nominated 33 candidates to President Muhammadu Buhari for the appointment.

A suit was earlier instituted against the nomination of the judges. A Federal High Court in Abuja, however, dismissed the matter on the basis that the plaintiff lacked the locus standi to file the suit.

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The presiding judge, Okon Abang, also said the court lacks the jurisdiction to entertain the matter.

Eleven of the judges were sworn in on September 14, 2020.

The swearing-in ceremony of the remaining 22 judges was held on Tuesday at the main courtroom of the supreme court in Abuja.

The CJN advised the new judges to flee from anything that would bring them into disrepute in the course of their new assignment.

He said, “You have just entered into a lifetime covenant with the almighty God and the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Henceforth, whatever you do right will be counted, and accordingly, recorded in your favour.

“Similarly, whatever wrongdoing that emanates from any form of indiscretion and abuse of office will, in like manner, be used to conscientise, chastise and thoroughly sanitise the same conscience that you may have refused to listen to.

“Appointment to the bench is not an appointment to wealth, vainglory, dishonest disposition, or ostentatious lifestyle through corrupt acquaintances.

“The searchlight of the National Judicial Council beams brightly on all judicial officers across the country. Our radar is sophisticated enough to detect every form of corruption and wrongdoing.

“The remoteness of your location of adjudication can never blur our sight on you. We have a compelling lens to capture and document your conduct, so be careful and take heed, or else you may end up regretting ever being appointed a judicial officer. We don’t pray for that, anyway!

“The entire letters and words of the oath you have just taken must reside in a prime place of your heart and be generously applied in your adjudications.

“This is a bond that you should engrave in your heart and should be well guided by it while adjudicating in all matters that come before you. You must endeavour to be impartial, fair to all, and apply justice and equity in all your undertakings.”

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