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CJN swears in daughter-in-law, Wike’s daughter, 10 other new FCT High Court judges July 10

"The CJN's daughter-in-law, Mrs. Ariwoola Oluwakemi Victoria, and Ms. Lesley Nkesi Belema Wike, the daughter of the Minister of FCT, Mr. Nyesom Wike, are among the 12 judges who will take the oath"

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The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, will, on Wednesday, July 10, swear in the 12 newly appointed judges of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory.

The Supreme Court of Nigeria’s Main Courtroom will host the swearing-in ceremony by 10:00 a.m., according to a statement from Mr. Festus Akande, Director of Press and Information.

Mrs. Ariwoola Oluwakemi Victoria, the CJN’s daughter-in-law, and Ms. Lesley Nkesi Belema Wike, the daughter of FCT Minister Mr. Nyesom Wike, are among the 12 judges who will take the oath.

The new judges include: Justice Buetnaan Mandy Bassi from Plateau State; Justice Ademuyiwa Olakunle Oyeyipo from Kwara State; Justice Bamodu Odunayo Olutomi from Lagos State; Justice Iheabunike Anumaenwe Godwin from Imo State; Justice Odo Celestine Obinna from Enugu State; and Justice Hauwa Lawal Gummi from Zamfara State.

The others are Justice Sarah Benjamin Inesu Avoh from Bayelsa State, Justice Maryam Iye Yusuf from Kogi State, Justice Ariwoola Oluwakemi Victoria from Oyo State, Justice Lesley Nkesi Belema Wike from Rivers State, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Munirat from Bauchi State, and Justice Abdulrahman Usman from Taraba State.

On May 17, 2024, the National Judicial Council recommended a total of 86 judicial officers for appointment in federal and state courts across the country.

The council’s Interview Committee on Appointment of Judicial Officers of all Superior Courts of Record in Nigeria made the recommendations during the NJC’s 105th plenary meeting, which took place between May 15 and 16, 2024.

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