When President Muhammadu Buhari ordered background checks on Federal High Court and Court of Appeal judges nominated and forwarded to him by the National Judicial Council in 2017, the news was welcomed with different reactions.

While some believe the President is undermining the role of the National Judicial Council, others welcome the development.

A Lagos lawyer, Tomi Vincent has commended the president for taking the initiative.

He said "It is a very welcome development as this will help to ensure that recommended judges do not have any skeleton in their wardrobes."

It was further learnt that the President might have approved the compulsory retirement of Justices Adeniyi Ademola and Segun Tokode, both of the Federal High Court as recommended by the council.

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A presidential source who spoke on Sunday on condition of anonymity, said the two steps are in line with the present administration’s anti-corruption stance.

He said although the President believed that the NJC would have done due diligence before putting forward the judges for approval, there is the need for him to do some checks to ensure that no mistake was made.

It was further learnt that the nation’s security agencies such as the Department of State Services and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission are involved in the checks.


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