Nigeria, Sept. 26 -- The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Olukayode Ariwoola, on Wednesday, swore in nine new Justices of the Court of Appeal, swelling the rank of the judges of the court grappling with huge backlog of cases to 81.

The Court of Appeal occupies a prime place in the hierarchy of courts in the Nigerian judicial system. It is the penultimate court before Nigeria's highest and final court, the Supreme Court.

The court and its president also have the statutory responsibility to set up and coordinate election petition tribunals that adjudicate on disputes arising from election disputes in the country.

It also serves as the final court for legislative election disputes. Although it receives and adjudicates on appeals concerning...