A senior lawyer, Chief Tunji Gomez, has advised against appointing Senior Advocates of Nigeria as justices of the Supreme Court.
Gomez who spoke with journalists recently at the Federal High Court in Lagos said nothing good would come out of it as such appointment would mark entrance of political judges into the apex bench and erode the independence of the judiciary.
Gomez condemned the move as one aimed at killing the morale of the Justices of the Court of Appeal, who, according to him, had paid their dues over the years and were awaiting their turn to be elevated to the apex court.
He called on the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, and the National Judicial Council to immediately put a stop to the process, adding that it was done without consulting majority of lawyers in the country.
He said, “I am sure that the majority of lawyers will not appreciate the movement by which the procedure is being put into effect.
“It is inimical to the judiciary; it is inimical to the profession. Besides, it creates an unfair trading because, let’s face it, they are now going to bring SANs above appeal court justices to the Supreme Court.