Controversy has again trailed the list of members of the Election Petitions Panel sworn in by the newly-appointed Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Mohammed based on the discovery that some dead people made the list.

Tanko had on Saturday, January 26th inaugurated 250 members of the Presidential and National Assembly elections which will hold on February 16.

However, names of about ten dead and retired judges appeared among those inaugurated.

Justice Edemekong Edemekong whose name appeared as number 58 on the list died since 2013.

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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.

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.

Mohammed was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari as replacement for Justice Walter Onnoghen, who is accused of false asset declaration.

Onnoghen’s removal has sparked widespread condemnation as it is deemed unconstitutional.

Onnoghen was removed as he prepared to inaugurate members of the election tribunal.

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