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Justice Tanko Appoints Dead and Retired Judges Members of Election Tribunal

The  ‘Acting CJN’, Tanko Muhammed on Saturday appointed about 250 judges into the 2019 election tribunal.

But after a close look at the list in circulation, we can confirm that among the list include dead and retired justices.

Among the names of dead judges on the list is Justice Joseph J. Jella from Taraba who died as an Appeal Court Judge and has since been buried over two years ago.

For retired judges, Justice N. Y. Galadanchi, who retired as a High Court Judge of Court 3 Audu Bako Secretariat on the 10th of March 2017, made it into the list.

In another development, a group of concerned lawyers from Uyo, Akwa Ibom State who declined being identified faulted the list of the recently sworn in 250 tribunal members, claiming it parades over 10 names of dead and retired judges.

Though admitting that this would not be the first time the Buhari-led government has displayed this level of “cluelessness and carelessness in handling sensitive issues concerning Nigeria”, they described a posthumous appointment of anyone for such sensitive role in the country as burying Nigeria alive.

It will be recalled that the new ‘Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria’, Tanko Mohammed on Saturday, January 26 swore in 250 members of the election tribunals at the Supreme Court Complex in Abuja.

This has continued to generate heated criticism by both members of the legal community and social media users who pointed to some Nigerians who have long been dead and buried, but have posthumously made the list.



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