Wike’s wife elevated to Appeal Court bench, CJN’s daughter-in-law to FCT High Court

In the face of protests from various civil society organizations and individuals, wife of the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Justice Nyesom-Wike Eberechi Suzzette, was among the high court Judges recommended for elevation to the Court of Appeal by the National Judicial Council NJC on Friday.

Likewise the daughter-in-law of the Chief Justice of Nigeria CJN, Ariwoola Oluwakemi Victoria,

was nominated for appointment as a Judge of the High Court, Federal Capital Territory at a meeting presided over by her father-in-law, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola.

Justice Ariwoola is expected to leave Nigeria’s judiciary in August this year.

The NJC at the meeting, however, barred two Judges, Inyang Edem Ekwo of the Federal High Court and Justice G. B. Brikins-Okolosi of Delta State High Court, from elevation to the Appeal Court for between two and three years and issued them warning letters.

Justice Ekwo was warned for the abuse of discretionary power by wrongly granting an ex-parte order in Suit No FHC/ABJ/C/626/2023 Juliet Ebere Nwadi Gbaka & 2 others Vs Seplat Energy Plc & 12 others.

He was barred from being elevated to a higher Bench for two years.

Justice G. B. Brikins-Okolosi of Delta State High Court was handed a warning letter for failure to deliver judgment within the stipulated period in Joseph Anene Okafor Vs Skye Bank, suit No A/94/2010 after parties had filed and adopted their final written addresses.

Justice G. B. Brikins-Okolosi will also not be elevated to a higher Bench for a period of three years.

The Council, however, cautioned Justice Amina Shehu of Yobe State High Court for issuing a Writ of Possession Conferring Title on the defendant in Suit No YBS/HC/NNR/1cv/2020 when there was no subsisting judgement of any Court to enable His Lordship issue the Writ.

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