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Tuesday, 29 January 2019

2019: CJN Mohammed Appoints 10 Dead Judges As Election Tribunal Members

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Lawyers in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, has faulted the list of the recently sworn in 250-tribunal members describing it as “a list parading dead men as members of the tribunal”.
According to Daily Independent, the lawyers said that the names of about ten dead and retired judges appeared among the recently sworn-in 250 election tribunal members, adding that “a posthumous appointment of anyone for such sensitive role in the country as burying Nigeria alive.”

The new acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Tanko Mohammed swore in 250 members of the election tribunals at the Supreme Court Complex in Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari had suspended Onnoghen and immediately appointed Tanko Mohammed as acting CJN on Friday.
According to Buhari, he suspended Onnoghen following an order from the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT.
One of the lawyers told the newspaper that up to 10 judges in the list were dead.
According to him, they include; Justice Edemekong Edemekong whose name appeared as number 58 on the list, who died since 2013, Justice Chukwu, from Ebonyi State and number 53 on the list, who was formerly of the Federal High Court, also said to have been long dead, Justice Stephen Okon, a retired Chief Judge of Akwa Ibom State and justice Okoyo Essang (number 56), a retired justice of the High Court in Akwa Ibom State.
According to the Lawyers, If dead and retired men are to sit on our election petition tribunal, then the APC-led federal government is out to drown this country and we vehemently reject a list parading dead men as members of the tribunal.”


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