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Changes in Judicial Appointments: Court of Appeal Expands as Supreme Court Shrinks



Changes in Judicial Appointments: Court of Appeal Expands as Supreme Court Shrinks

On September 20, a significant shift in the composition of the judiciary will occur as the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, administers the oath of office to new members of the Court of Appeal.

The Legal Attorney Blog reports that this expansion at the Court of Appeal is accompanied by a reduction in the number of Supreme Court Justices, as Justice Amina Augie is set to retire on September 21.


This change will bring the total number of Supreme Court Justices down to 11, while the Constitution allows for a maximum of 21.

Supreme Court’s Director of Information, Dr. Festus Akande, confirmed that the new Appeal Court Justice’s swearing-in will occur at 11 a.m. in the Supreme Court’s Main Court auditorium. The incoming Justices, hailing from diverse states, include:

  1. Hannatu Azumi Laja-Balogun from Kaduna State
  2. Binta Fatima Zubairu from Kaduna State
  3. Peter Chudi Obiora from Anambra State
  4. Okon Efreti Abang from Akwa Ibom State
  5. Asma’u Musa Mainoma from FCT
  6. Lateef Adebayo Ganiyu from Oyo State
  7. Jane Esienanwan Lyang from Cross River State
  8. Hadiza Rabiu Shagari from Sokoto State
  9. Paul Ahmed Bassi from Borno State

Justice Amina Augie will conclude her tenure on the Supreme Court bench on September 21, having reached the mandatory retirement age of 70 years.

She was sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Court on November 7, 2016, and is an alumna of the University of Ife, graduating in 1977.

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