President Muhammadu Buhari wrote to the Senate requesting the screening and subsequently confirmation of 11 nominees as judges of the Federal High Court of the Federal Capital Territory ( FCT).
Yesterday, on Senate floor, Buhari ‘s letter was read by the Senate President Senator Ahmad Lawan.
The nominees are: Christopher Opeyemi Oba (Ekiti State); Mohammed Idris (Kano State); Abubakar Husseini Musa (Adamawa State); Edward Okpe (Benue State); Babashani Abubakar (Borno State); Emuesiri Francis (Delta State); Jude Ogho (Delta State); Josephine Enobi (Edo State); Hassan Maryam Aliyu (Kebbi State); Fashola Akeem Adebowale (Lagos State); and Hamza Muazu (Niger State).
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Speaking after the names were read, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, noted that the FCT already has Judges on the bench of the FCT High Court.
“A major criterion is to ensure that states that do not have anybody on the bench are given priority.
“I just wanted to clarify that the FCT has Judges on the bench of the FCT,” Bamidele said.