According to a report by Sahara, the National Judicial Council (NJC) has recommended 14 judges for appointment into the Federal Court of Appeal.
Close examination revealed that not one judge of South-Eastern origin is included in the list.
The list, which it splits into two categories, regarding their ‘priority and reserve’ contained names of the judges and their states of origin:
Names on the Priority List:
- Justice P. A. Mahmoud, a Benue State indigene, and Nigerian Bar Association AB Mahmoud’s wife as the first name in the priority category.
- Justice F. Ojo, an indigene of Kwara State and wife of Mr. Bayo Ojo, a former NBA President and Attorney-General of the Federation.
- Justices I. G. Abundaga from Nasarawa State, M. B. Idris from Niger State, and A. M. Talba from Adamawa State.
- Justices Kadi M. M. Alkali from Adamawa State
- A. I. Adenyangtso from Taraba
- A. S. Umar, from Kebbi
- O. Z. Senchi, from Kebbi
- A. M. Lamido from Sokoto
- B. B. Aliyu from Zamfara
- Ebowei Tobi, son of the late Justice Niki E. Tobi from Delta State and
- G.O. Kolawole from Osun State.
Names on the reserve list:
- Justices O. Itodo (Benue)
- M. A. Abdul Gafar (Kwara)
- D. D. Adeck (Nasarawa)
- D. G. Mann (Plateau)
- D. G. Goji (Adamawa)
- Kadi U. B. Umar (Adamawa)
- Justices Y. A. Bashir (Taraba)
- Z. B. Abubakar (Kebbi)
- I. M. Sani (Kaduna)
- F. L. Adamu (Kano)
- I. B. Ahmed (Katsina)
- M Y Uftsha’u (Zamfara)
- P. O. Affen (Bayelsa) and
- O. A. Ipaye (Osun).