The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, on Friday administered the oath of office and oath of allegiance on 19 new judges
The judges were appointed for the National Industrial Court.
Mr Onnogehen advised them to shun impunity and to operate within the ambit of the laws.
“When you need to take hard decisions, take it; heavens will not fall. Heaven has never fallen because of anybody’s judgment.
“We can only checkmate impunity through adherence to the law.
“You must be guided by the oaths of allegiance to the Nigerian Constitution and the office.
“I want to advise judicial officers, particularly those of you that have just been sworn- in, to always be guided by the Constitution, the laws and your conscience.
“I assure you that as judicial officers, if you remain true to the oaths of your office, you have no problem.
“Anything you need to function in that office is contained in the oath of office,” he said.
The judges are Targema John Iorngee (Benue); Namtari Mahmood Abba (Adamawa); Nweneka Ikechi (Rivers); Kado Sanusi (Katsina) and Adeniyi Oluyinka (Ogun).
Others are Abiola Adewemimo (Osun); Opeloye Ogunbowale A. (Lagos) Essien Jeremiah (Akwa-Ibom) Elizabeth Oji (Ebonyi) Arowosegbe Ojo (Ondo); Ogbuanya Chukwudi (Enugu) and Bashir Zaynab Mohammed (Niger).
The rest are Galadima Suleiman (Nasarawa); Bassi Ahmed (Borno); Danjidda Hamisu (Kano) Hamman Polycarp (Taraba) Damulak Dashe (Plateau); Alkali Attahiru (Sokoto) and Mustapha Tijjani (Jigawa).
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the number of the judges of the NIC has now risen from 20 to 39.