Supreme Court Justice Musa Dattijo Muhammad is set to conclude his service on the bench on Friday, October 27, 2023. Festus Akande, the spokesperson for the apex court, officially communicated this news in a statement released to reporters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city.
According to the statement, a valedictory court session will be held in his honour at the Main Courtroom of the Supreme Court. The session will be overseen by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Olukayode Ariwoola, who will pay tribute to Justice Musa Dattijo alongside other prominent figures in the nation’s judicial sector.
ADDRESS OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION, MR YAKUBU CHONOKO MAIKYAU, OON, SAN, DELIVERED AT THE VALEDICTORY COURT SESSION HELD IN HONOUR OF THE LATE HONOURABLE JUSTICE CHIMA CENTUS NWEZE, JSC, ON OCTOBER 10 2023 AT THE SUPREME COURT COMPLEX, ABUJA
Retirement of Supreme Court Justice Musa Dattijo
Born on October 27, 1953, in Minna, Niger State, Justice Musa Dattijo’s legal career culminated in his appointment as a Justice of the Supreme Court on July 10, 2012. His journey to the Court of Appeal was marked by a commendable work ethic, a deep love for the legal profession, and an unwavering commitment to applying the law with integrity and precision in all cases under his purview.
Having earned his well-deserved elevation to the Court of Appeal on November 21, 1998, from the Niger State Judiciary, Justice Musa Dattijo has served the judicial system with distinction across various divisions.
Justice Dattijo’s retirement follows the recent retirement of Justice Amina Augie on September 22, 2023, and the unfortunate passing of Justice Chima Nweze on July 31, 2023. With these events, the number of Supreme Court justices has been reduced to 10, 11 less than the 21 stipulated by Section 230(2) of the 1999 Constitution.
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