By Ogbolu George
Gambia Bar Association (GBA) has protested against the appointment of Justice Edward Ogar, Justice Mathias Olusegun Agboola, Justice Simeon Abi and Justice Matins U. Okoi.
The four High Court Judges are Nigerians.
In a statement by the Secretary-General of the GBA, the organisation stated that the bar association shall proceed to file an action to challenge the appointments, to seek an order quashing same and to seek necessary prohibitive relief.
The organisation said its member would boycott the courts presided over by the four Nigerian judges till further notice.
The association said it would engage the Judicial Services Commission and executive of the government, through the Minister of Justice, to continue the necessary dialogue.
GBA has already filed a suit against the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) and Attorney-General, seeking the necessary orders from the High Court.
The lawyers said they were saddened by the fact that their ”hopes and aspirations that a transparent mechanism would be put in place for the appointment of qualified, eminent, independent jurists that The Gambian people have yearned for so long,” had not been respected.
GBA warned that true justice and independence of the judiciary should not be sacrificed for speedy and appearance of a functioning judiciary.