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Nigeria’s chief justice Musdapher resigns

…Nominates female successor

[The Nation] Justice Dahiru Musdapher on Wednesday resigned as Chief Justice of Nigeria.
Report says Musdapher, who was   sworn-in by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in September last year dropped his resignation letter ahead of his formal exit in July.

The CJN will clock 70 in July, the specific retirement age for judges in the country.
Meanwhile, Justice Musdapher has nominated Mariam Aloma, a Justice of the Supreme Court as his successor.
Aloma’s appointment however depends on President Jonathan’s ratification.

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  1. Is he supposed to nominate a successor at the Supreme Court? I thought there is a hierarchy in place which, in line with hallowed judicial ethics, is usually followed strictly. The next most senior judge to Justice Musdapher, who must have been a member of the NJC along with him, is supposed to take up his position as Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria. I cannot fathom how or whither the nomination issue came about. Was Musdapher nominated by retired Chief Justice Katsina-Alu before he took office as CJN? I do not think so. I’ll urge that a negative precedent which is contrary to crystallized judicial norms is not set in this particular instance. Meanwhile, i still want to believe this is a journalistic error borne by inadvertence.

    Posted by Emeka Ibe | April 19, 2012, 6:57 pm

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