Justice John Tsoho was on Tuesday confirmed as Chief Judge of the Federal High Court after his recommendation for the position was duly screened by the Senate.
The confirmation followed a report submitted by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator Michael Bamidele which recommended his confirmation.
The Senate had on October 29 deliberated on President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for the confirmation of Tsoho as Chief Judge of the Federal High Court.
Presenting the report, Bamidele said the appointment became necessary as a result of the retirement of Justice Adamu AbdulKafarati after attaining the retirement age of 65 as provided by Section 291(2) of the Constitution.
“In compliance with this requirement, the erstwhile chief judge retired on July 25, thus making the position of the chief judge of the court vacant,” he said.
The chairman said after consideration of Buhari’s request, the Senate referred it to the committee for further legislative action, adding that the appointment of Justice Tsoho was made pursuant to Section 250 of the 1999 Constitution.
‘‘It provides that the appointment of a person to the office of the chief judge of the Federal High Court shall be made by the president on the recommendation of the National Industrial Council subject to confirmation of such appointment by the Senate.
“Tsoho is the most senior judge on the bench of the Federal High Court. He was recommended in order of seniority and preference by the Federal Judicial Service Commission to the National Judicial Council”, he added.
The new CJ, who hails from Benue State in Nigeria’s North-Central geo-political zone, was born on June 24, 1959.
In a related development, the Senate also confirmed Justice Benedict Kanyip as President of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria.
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan noted that the judiciary is supposed to be a very active one and as such, should be given the necessary support to discharge their functions.He called for more funding to ensure the effectiveness of the sector