President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Justice Ejembi Eko and Justice Amina A. Augie for the Supreme Court of Nigeria on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC).
Two justices will be sworn in by Mahmud Mohammed, the incumbent Chief Justice of Nigeria and chairman of the National Judicial Council on November 7, at 2pm in the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
Their appointment was confirmed by 38 senators of the Nigerian Senate on October 18. The news were made public by a statement issued by Soji Oye, the acting director of information for the NJC.
President Buhari had on October 11 requested the Senate to consider and confirm the nominations of two judges as Justices of the Supreme Court.
The nominated judges were Sidi Bage of Nasarawa state — north central; and Paul Jauro of Taraba state — north east.
Meanwhile, the NJC has suspended seven senior judges arrested in October by the State Security Service for alleged corruption.
Supreme Court of Nigeria structure
The Supreme Court is composed of the Chief Justice of Nigeria and such number of justices not more than 21, appointed by the President on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council, (NJC) and subject to confirmation by the Senate.
Justices of the Supreme Court must be qualified to practice law in Nigeria, and must have been so qualified for a period not less than fifteen years. Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria have a mandatory retirement age of 70 years.