The National Judicial Council (NJC) has recommended the appointment of 26 judges across the country.
In a statement issued on Friday by its spokesman, Soji Oye, the council took the decision after a meeting held on March 17-18 presided by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Muhammad.
The NJC spokesman noted that eighteen (18) Justices of the Court of Appeal and eight (8) Heads of Court were appointed by the council.
Oye added that the council also issued a strict warning to two judges, Hon. Justices Mufutau Olokoba and M. A. Savage of the Lagos State High Court.
The statement reads: “The National Judicial Council under the Chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Honourable Dr. Justice I. T. Muhammad CFR, at its 94 th Meeting held on 17 to 18 March 2021, considered the list of candidates presented by its Interview Committee and resolved to recommend to President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, and the Governors of Rivers, Nasarawa, Kogi, Jigawa, Ebonyi and Delta States twenty-six (26) successful candidates for appointment as Justices of Court of Appeal and Heads of Court in Nigeria.”
It added: “Council decided to issue strong warning letters to Hon. Justices Mufutau Olokoba and M. A. Savage of the Lagos State High Court.
“Hon. Justice Olokoba was reprimanded and also put on the watch list of the Council for his failure to deliver judgement within the Constitutional period of 90 days and Hon. Justice Savage was reprimanded for not being in charge of his Court.”