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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CJN to inaugurate 2023 Election Petition Tribunals Nov 7

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, will on Monday, November 7, inaugurate Election Petition Tribunals that would adjudicate over petitions that may arise in the conduct of the 2023 general elections. Over 400 Judges from States and Federal High Courts have been carefully selected by the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongbam to serve on the panel. Director of Information and Press of the Supreme Court, Festus Akande confirmed to DAILY POST that the inauguration of the Tribunals would hold at the National Judicial Institute (NJI) as against the usual Apex Court premises. He explained that Andrews Otutu Obaseki Auditorium of NJI was considered in view of the large number of the tribunal members being expected to grace the inauguration ceremony slated for 9 am.

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Newly inaugurated CJN Ariwoola to perform first official duty today

The newly inaugurated substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayode Lateef Ariwoola, will, on Friday, October 14, perform his first official function at the Supreme Court Complex. Justice Ariwoola became substantive CJN on Wednesday, October 12, following the administration of the oath of office on him by President Muhammadu Buhari. A statement by the Director of Information and Press, Supreme Court of Nigeria, Dr Festus Akande, indicated that Justice Ariwoola’s first assignment in office would be the inauguration of the Acting President, Customary Court of Appeal of the Federal Capital Territory, Hon. Justice Stanley Adekunle Lawal. The statement said Justice Lawal would be sworn in at the Main Courtroom of the Supreme Court at 11 am. President Buhari had, on October 12, 2022, sworn-in Justice Ariwoola as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa. Justice Ariwoola was appointed as Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) on June 27 this year, following the resignation of his immediate predecessor, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, on health grounds.

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Buhari Swears In CJN Ariwoola, Presides Over FEC

By Ismaila Chafe Abuja, – President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn in Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria at the Council chamber of the State House, Abuja, on Wednesday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the swearing in of Ariwoola followed his confirmation by the Senate on Sept 21 three months after his appointment by the president. Ariwoola took  the judicial oath of office In a brief ceremony shortly before the commencement of the weekly virtual meeting of Federal Executive Council (FEC), chaired by the president. NAN reports that the event was witnessed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, some cabinet Ministers, other justices of the Supreme Court, the Governors of Oyo and Ondo States, Seyi Makinde and Rotimi Akeredolu respectively. Ariwoola was appointed as acting CJN on June 27, following the resignation of  Justice Tanko Muhammad, on health grounds. Justice Ariwoola was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court on Nov.  22, 2011 by President Goodluck Jonathan. He is an indigene of Iseyin in Oyo State Speaking to State House correspondents after the swearing in, the CJN …

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