Buhari asks acting CJN to appoint additional 5 Justices of the Supreme Court

PRESIDENT BUHARI DECLARES OPEN ALL JUDGES CONFERENCE 4. R-L; Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon Justice Walter Onoghen, President Muhammadu Buhari, Retired former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon Justice Alfa Belgore and Retired Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon Justice Idris Kutige during the opening of the 2017 All Nigeria Judges conference held at the National Judicial Institute in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE/STATE HOUSE. NOV 20 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari has written the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Tanko Muhammad, on the appointment of additional five Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, according to spokesperson Garba Shehu on Sunday.

 ‘‘Pursuant to the provisions of Section 230(2) A&B of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), I am pleased to request that you initiate in earnest the process of appointing additional five Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria to make the full complement of 21 Justices as provided by the aforementioned provisions of the Constitution, the president wrote.

‘‘This is in line with the Government’s Agenda of repositioning the Judiciary in general and Supreme Court in particular for greater efficiency, with a view to reducing the backlogs of appeals pending at the Supreme Court.

‘‘Please accept, your Lordship, the assurances of my highest regards.’’

Meanwhile, President Buhari has accepted the voluntary retirement from service of Hon. Justice Walter Onnoghen as Chief Justice of Nigeria, effective from May 28, 2019.

The President thanked Justice Onnoghen for his service to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and wished him the best of retirement life.

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