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Buhari appoints dead, retired judges as members of election petition tribunals

 

There are indications that dead and retired judges have been appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari  as part of 250 election tribunal members recently sworn-in by the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Mohammed.

Lawyers in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital alerted the public on the appointment of dead and retired judges.

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.

Late Justice Edemekong Edemekong of the Uyo High Court who died in 2013, is number 58 on the list of the members of the Election Tribunal for the 2019 Elections, recently inaugurated by the Acting CJN Mohammed Tanko.

Though admitting that this would not be the first time the President Muhammadu 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 could 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 criticisms by both members of the legal community and social media users who have pointed to some Nigerians who have long been dead and buried, but have posthumously made the list.

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