Reps Seek Recruitment Of More Supreme Court Justices


House of Representatives

In a bid to ease the pressure on the available number, the House of Representatives has called on the federal government to recruit more Supreme court justices.

Concise News reports that this follows the adoption of a motion Urgent Public Importance moved by Rep. Onofiok Luke (APC-Akwa Ibom) during plenary presided over by Deputy Speaker, Mr Idris Wase on Thursday.

The motion was titled “Call on the Federal Government to Appoint More Justices to the Supreme Court to Expedite Justice Delivery in Nigeria.”

Presenting the motion, Luke said that the justices of the Supreme Court have been reduced to thirteen, after the retirement of Amiru Sanusi.

According to him, there many cases to be decided upon by the court, but the reduction in justices will place burdens on the available ones.

“This house is aware that the number of justices of the Supreme Court has been reduced to 13 with the recent retirement of Justice Amiru Sanusi from the court.

“The situation will become worse owing to the impending retirement of another justice of the court in a few months time.

“The house is also aware that section 230(2)(b) of the 1999 Constitution prescribes the maximum number of the justices of the Supreme Court to be 21 and the court in its history has not had a full complement of the prescribed 21 number of justices,” he said.

The lawmaker expressed concern that the reduction in the number of justices would slow down the dispensation of justice and affect the pace at which matters were meant to be determined.

“This will also put the available number of justices of the court under immense pressure as there are many cases to be decided by the court,” he added.

He said that some cases in the court were undecided for over 10 years adding that the court’s diary was full with no date for a new appeal until 2021.

The house agreed that that appointing new court Justices would speed up the system of justice dispensation and increase citizens’ access to justice in the country.

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