Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh has appointed 5 Nigerians and a Sierra Leonean to the Supreme Court to hear his election petition, judicial sources say.
The names of the new Justices of the Supreme Court were confirmed to SMBC by State House officials who wish to remain anonymous.
The Nigerian Justices are: Justices Habeeb A.O Abiru, Abubakar Datti Yahaya, Abubakar Tijani, Obande Festus and Akomaye Angim; and from Sierra Leone is: Justice Nicholas Colin Brown.
The Justices were appointed based on recommendations from the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mariam Aloma Mukhtar to Gambia’s Nigerian-born Chief Justice Emmanuel Fagbenle, according to a judicial service officer.
The judges are expected to hear President Yahya Jammeh’s petition and make a ruling before the swearing in of the President-elect Adama Barrow.
Jammeh first accepted defeat but made a political fumble that led to a standoff between him and the internationally recognized, and locally backed opposition.
The Gambia’s bar association is demanding that Chief Justice Emmanuel Fagbenle resigns due to misconduct and abuse of office and said the hearing of Jammeh’s petition is unconstitutional and against natural justice.