BREAKING: Senate confirms eight new Supreme Court Justices

The Senate consequently approved their plenary appointment.
Senate President, Ahmad Lawan

The nominations of eight Supreme Court justices were approved and confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday.

In a letter read last week by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) urged the Senate to approve the selection of the eight justices.

The appointments were based on advice from the National Judicial Council, Buhari said.

Buhari had also said his action was

“in pursuant to Section 231 (2) of the 1999 Constitution as amended and upon the advice of the National Judicial Council according to their ranking and seniority in the Court of Appeal.”

The candidates are Helen Ogunwumiju (South West), Abdu Aboki (North West), Lawal Garba (North West), and M M Saulawa (North West).

Others include Adamu Jauro (North East), Tijani Abubakar (North East), Samuel Oseji (South-South), and Emmanuel Agim (South-South).

Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, submitted on Tuesday the result of his panel's screening exercise for consideration by senators.

He said his committee found that all the judges were exceptionally suited for the elevated offices and that no petition had been lodged against any of them.

The Senate consequently approved their plenary appointment.

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