A statement by the Director of Information of the National Judicial Council, Soji Oye, said four candidates were forwarded to President Muhammadu Buhari for nomination to Senate for its confirmation.
The statement read in part: “The National Judicial Council under the Chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Honourable Dr. Justice I. T. Muhammad CFR, at its 2nd Virtual Meeting held on 11th and 12th August, 2020, considered the list of candidates presented by its Interview Committee and resolved to recommend the under-listed names of twenty-two (22) successful candidates to President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, and their respective State Governors for appointment as Justices of Supreme Court of Nigeria, Heads of Court and other Judicial Officers in Nigeria.”
The nominated justices are Hon. Justice Tijjani Abubakar (North-East Zone), Hon. Justice Mohammed L. Garba (North-West Zone), Hon. Justice Abdu Aboki (North-West Zone) and Hon. Justice Mohammed M. Saulawa (North-west Zone).
According to Oye, the Supreme Court of Nigeria currently has a total number of 12 Justices including the Hon. Chief Justice of Nigeria, consisting of two (2) Justices from North Central, one (1) from the North East, one (1) from North West, three (3) from South East, one (1) from the South South and three (3) from the South West.