Eleven out of the eighteen judges elevated from high courts to the court of appeal are of northern extraction.
The eighteen judges were elevated from the Federal High Court and some State High Courts.
The approval was communicated to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad by the Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari, in a letter with Ref No: NJC/PRFN/A.1/IV/46.
Gambari said, “I am pleased to advise you that, pursuant to Section 237, and 238, of the 1999 constitution, His Excellency Mr President has approved the appointment of the following jurists as Justices of the Court of Appeal, subject to their official seniority at the Bench.”
The list includes the Grand Kadi Muhammed Danjuma (Niger State), Hon Justice Muhammad Ibrahim Sirajo (Plateau), Hon. Justice Abdul-Azeez Waziri (Adamawa), Hon. Justice Yusuf. A. Bashir (Taraba), Hon. Justice Usman A. Musale (Abuja), Hon. Justice Ibrahim Wakili Jauro (Yobe), Hon. Justice Abba Bello Mohammed (Abuja), Hon Justice Bature Isah Gafai (FHC), Hon Justice Danlami Zama Senchi (Abuja), and Hon Justice Mohammed Lawal Abubakar (Sokoto).
Others are Hon Justice Hassan Muslim Sule (Zamfara), Hon. Justice Kenneth Ikechukwu Amadi (Imo), Hon Justice Peter Oyinenimiemi Affen (Abuja), Hon. Justice Sybil Onyeji Nwaka Gbagi (Lagos), Hon. Justice Olasunbo O. Goodluck (Abuja), Hon. Justice A. I Banjoko (Abuja), Hon. Justice Olabode A. Adegbehinghe (Ondo), and Hon Justice Bola Samuel Ademola (Ondo).