The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, has urged the newly appointed judges of the National Industrial Court (NIC) to be fearless in their ruling.
Onnoghen gave the advice after administering the oath of office and oath of allegiance on the 19 new judges in Abuja.
With the new appointments, the number of NIC’s judges is now 39.
The new Judges are: Targema John Iorngee (Benue); Namtari Mahmood Abba (Adamawa); Nweneka Ikechi (Rivers); Kado Sanusi (Katsina) and Adeniyi Oluyinka (Ogun).
Others are Abiola Adewemimo (Osun); Opeloye Ogunbowale A. (Lagos) Essien Jeremiah (Akwa-Ibom) Elizabeth Oji (Ebonyi) Arowosegbe Ojo (Ondo); Ogbuanya Chukwudi (Enugu) and Bashir Zaynab Mohammed (Niger).
The rest are: Galadima Suleiman (Nasarawa); Bassi Ahmed (Borno); Danjidda Hamisu (Kano) Hamman Polycarp (Taraba) Damulak Dashe (Plateau); Alkali Attahiru (Sokoto) and Mustapha Tijjani (Jigawa).
In his charge to the new appointees, Onnoghen said: ”when you need to take hard decisions, take it; heavens will not fall. Heaven has never fallen because of anybody’s judgment.
I want to advise judicial officers, particularly those of you that have just been sworn in, to always be guided by the Constitution, the laws and your conscience.
I assure you that as judicial officers, if you remain true to the oaths of your office, you have no problem.