On Wednesday, September 20, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola will swear in nine newly appointed Justices of the Court of Appeal.
In a statement by the Supreme Court’s Director of Press and Information, Festus Akande, it was confirmed that the inauguration will take place at the Main Court auditorium by 11:00am.
The new appellate court Justices are;
- Hannatu Azumi Laja-Balogun from Kaduna State, who was appointed a High Court Judge on 24th May 1999;
- Binta Fatima Zubairu from Kaduna State, appointed a High Court Judge on 31st October 2001;
- Peter Chudi Obiora from Anambra State, who was sworn-in as High Court Judge on 17th January 2005;
- Okon Efreti Abang from Akwa Ibom State, who was appointed a High Court Judge on 22nd June 2009;
- Asma’u Musa Mainoma from the Federal Capital Territory appointed High Court Judge on 1st February 2013;
- Lateef Adebayo Ganiyu from Oyo State, who became High Court Judge on 26th June 2014;
- Jane Esienanwan Iyang from Cross River State, who was sworn-in as High Court Judge on 12th February 2015;
- Hadiza Rabiu Shagari from Sokoto State, who was elevated to the High Court Bench on 12th February 2015;
- Paul Ahmed Bassi from Borno State, appointed to the High Court on 14th July 2017.
Meanwhile, Justice Amina Adamu Augie will formally retire from the Supreme Court’s Bench on Thursday, 21st September 2023, having attained the mandatory retirement age of 70 years on Sunday, 3rd September 2023.
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