President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 forwarded the nomination of Justice Ishaq Bello for screening and confirmation for appointment as the Chief Judge of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Justice Bello has already been occupying this position, albeit in acting capacity, since the voluntary retirement of the former Chief Judge, Justice Ibrahim M. Bukar, from service on March 31,2015 .
President Jonathan in his letter dated Thursday, May 21, and addressed to the Senate President, David Mark, said his request was in line with Section 249 of the 1999 Constitution, which outlines the composition of a Federal High Court.
The letter read by Mark during plenary session of the house, stated that, “the Constitution provides that the Federal High Court shall consist of a Chief Judge and such number of Judges as may be prescribed by Act of the National Assembly.”
It added that “due to the voluntary retirement of Justice Ibrahim M. Bukar from service on March 31 as the Chief Judge of the High Court, FCT, the National Judicial Commission recommended the appointment of the most senior judge at the High Court of the FTC.”