Buhari set to appoint 5 additional Supreme Court justices, as he accepts Onnoghens resignation

The President of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, has written a letter to the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon Justice Tanko Muhammed, in order to appoint 5 additional justices in the Supreme Court 

This was disclosed by the Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu on Sunday.

“Pursuant to the provision of section (2) A&B of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), I am pleased to request that you initiate the earnest of appointing additional five justices of the Supreme Court to make full complement of 21 justices as provided by the aforementioned processes of the constitution”, the President wrote.

“This is in line with the Governments agenda to reposition the judiciary in general and the Supreme Court in particular, in a view to reduce the backlogs of appeals pending at the Supreme Court.

“please accept your lordship, the assurances of my highest regards”.

In the meantime, President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the voluntary retirement of Justice Walter Onnoghen, as the Chief Justice of Nigeria, which took effect from 28th of May.

Buhari appreciated, Justice Onnoghen for his service to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and wish him the best in retirement life.

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