Odili’s daughter, 21 others sworn in as High Court Judges in Abuja

Twenty-two (22) new judges of the Federal Capital Territory were on Tuesday, November 23, sworn in by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad.

The Punch reports that among the newly sworn-in judges are Njideka Nwosu-Iheme, daughter of former Rivers state governor, Peter Odili and Justice Mary Odili, Nwabulu Chineze, and a sister to the presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Akure.

Until her inauguration, Njideka was a Magistrate at the Wuse Zone 6 Magistrate court.

Other children of judges on the list are Fatima Abubakar Aliyu, the daughter of the immediate past President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa; Mimi Katsina-Alu Apena, daughter of late CJN, Aloysius Katsina-Alu, and Ibrahim Mohammed, the son of a former Grand-Khadi of the FCT.

The inauguration was held in Federal Capital Territory almost a year after protests erupted over the controversial list of nominees forwarded by the National Judicial Council to President Muhammadu Buhari for consideration.

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Other judges inaugurated include Madugu Alhaji, Agunloye Kayode, Enenche Eleojo, Aminu Abdullahi, Nwecheonwu Elewe, Sadiya Mayana, Kanyip Indinya, Aliyu Shafa, Mohammed Zubaru, Oluyemisi Adelaja, Agashieze Odinaka, Aliyu Ahmed, Hafsat Abba-Aliyu, Olufolake Oshin, Binta Dogonyaro, Muhammad Adamu and Jadesola Adeyemi-Ajayi.

Channels TV also reports that the CJN urges the newly-inaugurated judges to refrain from anything that would smear their names and shun all forms of bribery.

Speaking at the ceremony, Muhammad went on to note that the judges have entered a lifetime covenant with God and Nigeria, saying whatever they do right would be recorded in their favour.

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