Lawyers in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, have cautioned Nigerians against the danger of appointing dead and retired Judges into the nation’s Election Petition Tribunals.
The group of concerned Lawyers who declined being identified, faulted the list of the recently sworn-in 250 Tribunal members, as parading 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 carelesness 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 would 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, 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.
One of the Lawyers, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that up to ten Judges on the list are dead.
He identified some of the dead appointees to include: Justice Edemekong Edemekong, whose name appeared as number 58 on the list, and declared that the late Justice died since 2013.
Another Justice Chukwu from Ebonyi State and number 53 on the list, who was formerly of the Federal High Court, is also said to have been long dead.
The Lawyers revelation also indicated that Justice Stephen Okon, a retired Chief Judge of Akwa Ibom State and Justice Okoyo Essang (number 56), a retired Justice of the High Court in Akwa Ibom State, both made the list.
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