20 Mar 2014

Jonathan Nominates Zainab Bulkachawa As Court of Appeal President

President Goodluck Jonathan has nominated Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa as President of the Court of Appeal, pending the confirmation of the senate. In a letter sent to the Senate and read by Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, President Jonathan requested the Senate to approve the appointment in conformity with Section 238 Sub-section 1 of the 1999 constitution. 

Her nomination follows the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC) and must be confirmed by the Senate before the judge can be sworn-in. Mrs Bulkachuwa was born in March 1950 and represents Gombe State at the Appeal Court. She was called to the Bar in 1976, and elevated to the Appeal Court in 1998. Before then, she served as a judge in the High Court of Bauchi State and was at a time the Chief Judge of Gombe State. High profile cases handled by Justice Bukalchawa include the Sokoto State governorship election petition of 2007 and the case instituted by former Governor Timipre Sylva last year to challenge the nomination of Seriake Dickson as the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate. Prior to her appointment as President, she was the Presiding Judge of the Abuja division of the court. She is due to retire in 2020, the court says. - Channels

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