June 11, 2024

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Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal chair Tsamani raised to S’Court among 11 new justices

CJN Olukayode Ariwoola

CHAIRMAN of the five-member 2023 presidential election petitions tribunal which confirmed President Tinubu’s victory Justice Haruna Simon Tsamani has been elevated to the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
He is among 11 new justices of the apex court inaugurated by Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, on Monday.
Ariwoola has charged all of them not to allow their personal ambitions to becloud their sense of judgement.
He says the interaction of the new justices with people of unviable inclinations and pedigree, if any, must be halted forthwith and they should allow their conscience to guide and filter every of the thought that crosses their mind.
At the swearing-in ceremony held in the main courtroom of the Supreme Court, the CJN tells the new justices to be prepared for criticisms or verbal assaults by litigants who have lost cases as justices of the final court of the land, where appellants’ expectations are often very high and infectious.
“There is no way you can please human beings, especially litigants. The easiest way to fail in life is by trying to please everyone. The only deity you can fear, is the Almighty God”, he says.
Once your judgement is in consonance with what God expects from you, and is also in accordance with the Constitution, you should consider yourself the happiest and freest person on earth.”
Justice Ariwoola says administering the oath of office on the 11 new Supreme Court justices in one fell swoop is unprecedented in the annals of the Nigerian Supreme Court.
He recalls his speech last year, where he lamented that the inability of the court to meet the statutory full-compliment of 21 justices had lingered for too long and promised to break the jinx.
The new JSCs are coming to join the Supreme Court bench at a time when the rank had been grossly depleted to an all-time low of 10 justices for a number of reasons, mainly retirement and deaths.
CJN Ariwoola urges them to put in their best as seasoned judicial officers transiting from the Court of Appeal and had established remarkable acquaintances with judicial oath and roles guiding the conduct of judicial officers.
“Your moral uprightness, integrity and respect for the Constitution and other extant laws in operation, must be unwavering and unassailable,” he charges.
He urges them to see themselves as the representatives of God on earth, because “any judgment given at this level can only be upturned in heaven.”