Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloma Mukthar
By Tobi Soniyi
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloma Mukthar Friday in her chambers swore in Justice Zainab A. Bulkachuwa as the Acting President of the Court of Appeal.
Bulkachuwa is the first woman to be so appointed. She also sworn in Justice Ifeoma Jombo-Ofo as a Justice of the Court of Appeal.
Jombo-Ofo was not sworn in on the ground that she claimed to hail from Abia state whereas her place of birth was Anambra.
The CJN urged both Justices to uphold the judicial oath and the constitution of Nigeria which they both swore to uphold.
Mukthar called on Bulkachuwa not to allow the administrative duty as acting president of the court to distract her from sitting.
President Goodluck Jonathan appointed Bulkachuwa as acting president of the court based on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council.
The appointment of Justice Dalhatu Adamu as Acting President of the Court of Appeal who took over following the suspension of Justice Ayo Salami expired November 23, 2012.
A statement by NJC's Deputy Director, Information, Mr Soji Oye said Bukachuwa would be sworn-in at 10:00a.m Saturday.
Until her appointment, the new acting PCA headed the Yola Division of the Court of Appeal.
She delivered the judgement dismissing Action Congress of Nigeria's, ACN's, appeal challenging the return of Murtala Nyako as Governor of Adamawa state.
Meanwhile, the appointment of a PCA on acting capacity may have put paid to the reinstatement of Justice Salami, who was axed by the NJC on August 18, 2011, over allegation of "gross misconduct" as well as refusal to apologise to former CJN, justice Aloysius Katsina-Alu.