The National Judicial Council, NJC, will by Thursday release the names of two new justices of the Supreme Court from the four Appeal Court justices interviewed to replaced Justices Afolabi Fabiyi and Muntaka Coomassie, who recently retired from the apex court.
As the NJC holds its first quarterly plenary for this year on Wednesday and Thursday, Leadership reports that a major item on the NJC’s plenary would be consideration of the outcome of the interview conducted to fill two vacancies at the apex court bench.
The newspaper reports that Justices Ejembi Eko and Monica Dongban-Mensen were interviewed to choose a replacement for Justice John Fabiyi, who retired in November 2015. Two other Justices of the Court of Appeal, Amina Augie and Garba Lawal, were also said to have been interviewed, in order to fill in the vacancy left behind by Justice Muhammad Muntaka-Coomasie, who retired on February 10.
Either Eko, who hails from Benue State, or Dongbam-Mesen from Plateau State will fill in the slot of the North Central geo-political zone on the bench which became vacant with the retirement of Justice Fabiyi, who hails from Kogi State in the same zone. Augie or Lawal will replace Muntaka-Coomasie who hails from Kaduna State.
By the end of the NJC’s plenary, the name of one of the two candidates will be forwarded to President Muhammadu Buhari, who is vested with the powers to appoint Supreme Court justices.