House of Reps passes motion to block CJN Ariwoola, CJ Baba-Yusuf from filling daughters in lopsided FCT judicial appointments

ABUJA- The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a resolution compelling the Nigerian judiciary to pause its ongoing replacement of 12 judges on the FCT High Court, moving quickly to rectify the nepotism and constitutional breach first exposed in a pair of stories by Peoples Gazette over the past week.  The parliament’s motion Tuesday afternoon targeted Chief Judge Baba-Yusuf’s recent scheme to seat his daughter Maryam, as well as the daughter of Chief Justice Kayode Ariwoola Victoria Oluwakemi, as the newest judges in the nation’s capital.  “This is a gross violation of the 1999 Constitution, which required staffing from the 36 states and the FCT,” lawmaker Enwo Igariwey said while moving the motion to stay the recruitment titled: “Urgent need to re-examine the list of proposed states to fill the 12 vacancies created to the disadvantage of others in the High Courts of FCT.”  Mr Igariwey’s state, Ebonyi, was among the four states, alongside Imo, Abia and Bayelsa, The Gazette reported were left out of judicial appointments in the FCT High Court led by Mr Baba-Yusuf. Legal expert Chidi Odinkalu observed in his latest column that …

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