The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen CJN, has unconvincingly attempted to dismiss reports of favouritism and exclusion in the recent recommendation of 14 Appeal Court judges for approval.
The media, not CHECKPOINTCHARLEY, had reported that the National Judicial Council, NJC, in its recommendation had excluded judges from the South East.
Reacting to the report, Onnoghen, in a statement by the NJC’ s Director of information, Soji Oye, described a certain list currently in circulation online as “fake news.”
However, the CJN failed to disclose what is the “right” news – by showing the correct list so that people could see if judges from the South east were actually excluded or not.
More so, when the CJN confirmed an ongoing process for the appointment of new judges for the Appeal Court.
In any case, the statement reads, “The attention of the National Judicial Council has been drawn to a purported list of Judges newly appointed to the Court of Appeal being circulated in public space and tragically reported as news item by credible news outlets.
“The Council wishes to dissociate itself completely from the said list as nothing of such emanated from it. Members of the public are also advised to discountenance the said list which is nothing but a figment of the imagination of the author (s).
“In the days ahead, the council will speak more on the ongoing process for the appointment of Judges into different Cadre of the Nigerian Judiciary.”