Supreme Court gets full complement as CJN swears in 11 justices

THE Supreme Court now has a full complement of 21 justices as the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Olukayode Ariwoola, has sworn in 11 new justices who add to the existing 10.

 At the judges’ swearing-in ceremony in Abuja on Monday, February 26, Ariwoola urged them not to allow their ambition to cloud their judgments.

He said it was impossible to please everyone, particularly litigants, adding that attempting to please everyone was the quickest path to failure in life. 

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“The only deity you can fear is the Almighty God. Once your judgement is in consonance with what God expects from you and is also in accordance with the Constitution. You should consider yourself the happiest and freest person on earth,” he said.

Ariwoola told the new justices that their astuteness and dedication to hard work, which are the hallmarks of judicial excellence, were recognised by their promotion to the Supreme Court Bench.

With the swearing-in of the justices, the apex court now has its full complement of 21 justices as stipulated in the Constitution.

The new justices are Stephen Jonah Adah, Habeeb Adewale Abiru, Jamilu Yammama Tukur, Mohammed Baba Idris, Obande Festus Ogbuinya, and Abubakar Sadiq Umar.

Others are Jummai Hannatu Sankey, Moore Aseimo Adumein, Haruna Simon Tsammani, Chidiebere Nwaoma Uwa, and Chioma Egondu Nwosu-Iheme.

The ICIR reported that the Senate confirmed the appointment of 11 Supreme Court justices appointed by President Bola Tinubu on Thursday, December 21, 2023.

The confirmation followed the consideration and adoption of a report by the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters at the plenary session.

On December 7, The ICIR reported that the National Judicial Council (NJC) recommended the appointment of the justices to Tinubu.

Tinubu subsequently asked the Senate to confirm the nominees whom the Council recommended to fill the vacant positions at the court.

While presenting his panel report, the committee chairman, Tahir Monguno, a senator representing Borno, said the nominees possessed the requisite qualifications and had the experience to occupy the position, adding that there was no petition against them.



    During the confirmation, some senators raised concerns over the delay in appointing the justices.

    Seriake Dickson, a senator representing Bayelsa, urged that provisions for immediate replacements should be made in the event of subsequent vacancies.

    Also, the Senate Leader, Opeyemi Bamidele, emphasised the urgency of promptly screening and appointing those in line whenever vacancies arise in the apex court.

    In October, The ICIR reported concerns over a drop in Nigerian Supreme Court justices, coming short of the court’s full complement of 21 judges as stipulated in the Constitution.


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