The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, has nominate nine eligible applicants,including former NBA national chairman, Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, for appointment as Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
The list was forwarded to the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman of the Federal Judicial Service Commission, Walter Onnoghen, following a rigorous screening exercise.
President of the NBA, Abubakar Mahmoud, chaired the committee of 9 senior lawyers that carried out the screening process.
The successful applicants as shortlisted by the NBA are as follows:
Olisa Agbakoba, SAN; Year of Call: 1978; State: Anambra. He is a former NBA national president between 2006 and 2008.
Anthony Ikemefuna Idigbe, SAN; Year of Call: 1983; State: Delta.
Yunus Ustas Usman, SAN; Year of Call: 1983; State: Kogi.
Babatunde Fagbohunlu, SAN; Year of Call: 1988; State: Ondo.
Miannayaaja Essien, SAN; Year of Call: 1985; State: Rivers.
Awa Uma Kalu, SAN; Year of Call: 1978; State: Abia.
Awalu Hamish Yadudu; Year of Call: 1979; State: Kano.
Tajudeen Oladoja; Year of Call: 1985; State: Kwara.
Ayuba Giwa; Year of Call: 1983; State: Edo.
According to the NBA, the successful applicants were chosen from a total of 89 Expressions of Interest that were scrutinized.
It would be recalled that the Acting CJN, Walter Onnoghen, had earlier forwarded a request to the President of NBA, Abubakar Mahmoud, “to nominate suitable candidate for consideration as Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.”