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Only physically and mentally fit judges will preside over Nigerian courts

PresidentMuhammadu Buhari on Friday said only judges who are physically and mentally fit will be allowed to preside over courts in Nigeria.

The President in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu said verification process has commenced to ensure that  judges recommended by the National Judicial Council only are those appointed into various courts across the country.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has commenced the process of ensuring that persons, Judges and Justices recommended by the National Judicial Council (NJC) for appointment into various Courts of Record in the instant are fit and proper, and are not under any disability to function as Judicial Officers,” the statement read in part.

Garba Shehu said President Buhari’s position is in furtherance of the executive powers vested in him under Section 5 of the 1999 Constitution, which allows him as the appointing authority to exercise same reasonably, taking all relevant factors into consideration.

He said Nigerians are assured that Buhari will issue his approval or otherwise as soon as the process of the background verification is completed.

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