26th September, 2012
Nnamdi Felix / Abuja
In sustenance of efforts to entrench a threshold of viable judiciary that will command public confidence, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Aloma Mariam Mukhtar, on Wednesday conducted a swearing ceremony where two justices, Justice Kumai Bayang Akaahs and Justice Stanley Shenko Alagoa were elevated to the Supreme Court bench.
With their swearing in, the number of the justices at the apex court is 17 following the retirement of the former CJN, Justice Dahiru Musdapher and Justice Francis Tabai.
The CJN, Justice Aloma Mukhtar noted that the two new Supreme Court Justices have exhibited the true qualities of a judicial officer competent in skills and intellect and therefore worthy of elevation to the apex court.
She called on them to remain resolute and undaunted in the discharge of their duties.
“You must understand that you have been called upon to carry out a sacred duty. A duty to serve the good people of Nigeria and to occupy a role representing Almighty God; the ultimate Judge. I therefore charge you to be dedicated and discharge your duties without fear or favour, affection or ill will and remain resolute and undaunted in the discharge of your duties. You must always exhibit the highest level of decorum, integrity, independence, intelligence, wisdom, impartiality and temperament in the performance of your duties”
She expressed her confidence in the abilities of the new Justices to discharge their duties creditably given their track record and past experiences.