No more appointment of incompetent persons as judges, says CJN

Report gathered that the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, on Thursday said the era of appointing unfit and improper persons as judges had gone.

He said the National Judicial Council’s newly revised guidelines of appointment of judicial officers now in force provided for “a more comprehensive, robust and transparent method of appointment.”

Justuce Mohammed, who spoke at the swearing in of a new Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Amiru Sanusi, at the Supreme Court complex in Abuja, said the new guidelines would ensure “the emergence of only the best legal minds with high moral standards to serve as judges in our revered temples of justice.”

Sanusi, who hails from Funtia Katsina State was until his appointment as a Justice of the Supreme Court, the presiding Justice of the Enugu Division of the Court of Appeal.

His appointment raises the number of Justices on the apex court bench from 17 to 18.

The CJN, after administering to him the Oath of Office and Oath of Allegiance, congratulated him for scaling the “colossal hurdles” of the appointment process‎ as prescribed in the new ‘2014 Revised National Judicial Council Guidelines and Procedural Rules of Appointment of Judicial Officers of all Superior Courts of Record in Nigeria’‎.

Justice Mohammed described the system of appointment established by the new guidelines as merit-based, adding that appointment of judges would no longer be based on “fraternal connections” and nepotism.

He said, “The newly enacted guidelines bring the judiciary into an era where the eligibility of a candidate for appointment to the bench will no longer be based on nepotism, familial or fraternal connections.

“The guidelines provide a mechanism which would ensure that only fit and proper persons and the most intellectually astute, morally sound, meritorious and deserving candidates are appointed as Judges of our courts.  It is the best way to proceed in reforming our judiciary.”

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