A Lagos lawyer, Lawrence Nnoli, has asked the Federal High Court Lagos to compel President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint more Supreme Court Justices.
In his suit before Justice Mohammed Liman, Nnoli said Buhari’s failure to appoint more Supreme Court Justice was a serious breach of Section 231(2) of the 1999 Constitution.
The Nigerian constitution provides for 21 Supreme Court Justices. Presently, the apex has only 12 justices due to successive retirements.
The lawyer said Buhari’s inaction was to blame for delayed justice at the Supreme Court and “poses a grave danger to the course of justice in Nigeria.”
Nnoli informed the court that the National Judicial Council, NJC, had since October last year recommended four Justices of the Court of Appeal to Buhari for elevation to the Supreme Court Justices, but the President refused to forward their names to the National Assembly for confirmation.
The recommended Justices are Adamu Jauro, Emmanuel Agim, C. Oseji, and Helen Ogunwumiju, he stated.
President Buhari is failing in his statutory duties, Nnoli argued.
He therefore urged the court order to compel him to perform his duties.
The defendants in the suit are Buhari, the National Judicial Council, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, and the Senate President.
No date has been fixed for hearing.