The National Judicial Council (NJC) has initiated the screening process for 22 justices nominated for elevation to the Supreme Court. Chaired by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, the high-level screening is taking place in the NJC’s Boardroom. The panel’s proceedings are expected to last about a week, culminating in the selection of 11 justices to fill the vacant positions.
The Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC) had nominated the 22 justices of the Court of Appeal for consideration by the NJC on November 16. The nominees are distributed across various regions, with six each from the South-East and North-Central, two each from the South-West and South-South, and one each from the North-East and North-West. The nominated justices will undergo a comprehensive screening process before the final selection is made.