The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, is scheduled to administer the oath of office to nine newly appointed Justices of the Court of Appeal on September 20. The swearing-in ceremony will take place at the Main Court auditorium of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
The new Justices joining the Court of Appeal include Hannatu Azumi Laja-Balogun from Kaduna State, Binta Fatima Zubairu from Kaduna State, Peter Chudi Obiora from Anambra State, Okon Efreti Abang from Akwa Ibom State, Asma’u Musa Mainoma from the Federal Capital Territory, Lateef Adebayo Ganiyu from Oyo State, Jane Esienanwan Iyang from Cross River State, Hadiza Rabiu Shagari from Sokoto State, and Paul Ahmed Bassi from Borno State.
Justice Amina Adamu Augie will retire from the Supreme Court bench on September 21, having reached the mandatory retirement age of 70. The Supreme Court will hold a traditional valedictory court session in her honor to mark her retirement. With Justice Augie’s retirement, the Supreme Court will have 11 Justices, instead of the constitutionally stipulated 22.
Remaining Justices on the Apex Court bench include Chief Justice of Nigeria Olukayode Ariwoola, Musa Dattijo, Kudirat Motomori Kekere-Ekun, John Inyang Okoro, Uwani Abba Aji, Garba Lawal, Helen Morenikeji Ogunwumiju, Ibrahim Saulawa, Adamu Jauro, Tijjani Abubakar, and Emmanuela Akomaye Agim.