Judges Appointment Politicised – CJN

Judges Appointment Politicised - CJN
Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Walter Onnoghen briefing State House Correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday (11/4/17) 02190/11/4/2O17/Callistus Ewelike /OTU/ICE/NAN

Appointment of judges in the country is now highly politicized according to the Chief Justice of Nigeria Justice Walter Onnoghen.

Onnoghen said this on Monday, explaining that some governors would not allow the appointment or allow the names of persons nominated for judicial appointment to be sent to the National Judicial Council for scrutiny if his (governor) names are not on the list.

He spoke in Lagos at the first Biennial Lecture of the Lagos State Judiciary chaired by the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN).

According to Onnoghen, who called for a review of the admission criteria for studying Law in the university, the criteria for appointment as a judge should include a post-graduate degree in Law.

“Appointment of judges have become highly politicised as a governor of a state will not approve the names of persons nominated for the bench for NJC scrutiny if the names of his candidates are not included on that list,” the CJN added.

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