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Uphold integrity of judiciary, CJN advises new judges

By Ise-Oluwa Ige

ABUJA—The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi, yesterday advised the newly appointed judges of the Federal high court to eschew any conduct capable of scandalising the judiciary in the performance of their judicial functions.

Kutigi gave the advice yesterday in Abuja while swearing in eleven new judges recently appointed into the high court bench on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC).

He said their appointment would only be secure if they comport themselves to uphold the integrity and honour of the judiciary.

The CJN advised the new judges to always read their oath of office before going to office, adding that they must abide by the oath.

The newly appointed judges who were formally admitted into the high court bench yesterday  are Mrs Ijeoma Ojukwu, Mr. Babatunde Quadri, Mrs. Folashade Olubanjo, Miss M.A Onyetenu and Mr. Okon Abang.

Others are Baba Gana Ashigar, Mohammed Nasir Yunusa; Mr. Salihu Tanko; Mrs. Dorcas Agishi; Mr. Mohammed Abubakar and Bature Gafai.

Before the appointment of the new judges, there were some judicial divisions of the Federal high court without a judge to entertain cases filed in such jurisdictions.

Most of the times, the Chief Judge of the Federal high court, Justice Abdullahi Mustafa was going to such jurisdictions to entertain pending cases.

But it could not have been convenient for only one judge sitting in virtually all judicial divisions.


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