The Supreme Court of Nigeria is the highest court in Nigeria. It is composed of the Chief Justice of Nigeria and not more than twenty others appointed by the President after being recommended by the National Judicial Council subject to the Senate’s confirmation. They are required to retire after a mandatory service age of 70.
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. In June 2019, when the court had 16 justices, the president wrote the CJN, asking him as the chairman of the National Judicial Council (NJC) to “initiate in earnest the process of appointing additional five Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria to make the full complement of Justices of the Supreme Court” as contained in the Nigerian Constitution. After the quarter of 2020, a number of justices retired, making the number of justices to 13 justices and increasing the work load on the bench. The recommendation from the National Judicial Council for the appointment of 8 new judges in 2020 after the confirmation by the Nigerian Senate increased the number to 21 Justices.
Below are the list of the Current Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria:
Hon. Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad (CJF)
Hon. Dr. Justice I. T. Muhammad, CFR, JSC was born on the 31st of December 1953.
Hon. Dr. Justice I. T. Muhammad, CFR,JSC was appointed as Magistrate Grade II in 1982 to 1984 with Bauchi State Judiciary. He rose to Senior Magistrate Grade II from 1984 to 1986. His Lordship was appointed as the Provost, College of Legal and Islamic Studies, Bauchi from 1986 to 1989. He was appointed Chief Magistrate/Deputy Chief Registrar, High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja from 1990 to 1991. From 1991 to 1993, he served as a Kadi (Judge) of the Sharia Court of Appeal, Bauchi State. His Lordship was elevated to the position of Justice of the Court of Appeal from 1993 to 2006. His Lordship was appointed as Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in the year 2006 and was sworn-in on the 8th of January 2007. He became the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman National Judicial Council on Wednesday, 24th July, 2019.
Hon. Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour CFR
Hon. Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour CFR was born on 22nd of March 1951, to the family of Honourable Justice (Chief) Akinwumi R. W. Rhodes-Vivour in Lagos Island. As soon as he was called to Bar, he began to practice in his calling and by 1976, he became a Pupil State Counsel, shortly after, in 1978, he became a State Counsel and by 1982, he had become a Senior State Counsel. He was promoted to the position of a Principal State Counsel in 1984 and in 1989, he became Director of Public Prosecutions (D. P. P.) Lagos State, this position he held till 1994.
Hon. Justice Olukayode Ariwoola
Hon. Justice Ariwoola was born to the Ariwoola family of Iseyin over 60 years ago. His Lordship must have something to do, in a way, with figure 2. His Lordship was first appointed a Judge of Superior Court of record in Oyo State in 1992 from private legal practice.
His Lordship was a Justice of the Court of Appeal between 2005 and 2011 after having been elevated from the State High Court of Oyo State
Lord Ariwoola was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2011.
Before his elevation to the Supreme Court, his lordship served as Justice of Court of Appeal in Kaduna, Enugu and Lagos Divisions.
Hon. Justice Mary Ukaego Peter-Odili CFR
Hon. Mr. Justice Mary Ukaego Odili nee Nzenwa was born on the 12 May, 1952 at AmudiObizi, Ezinihitte – Mbaise L.G.A. of Imo State.
She was appointed an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria (JSC) by President Goodluck Jonathan and was administered the oath of office by Chief Justice Katsina-Alu on 23 June 2011.
Hon. Justice Kumai Bayang Akaahs OFR
Hon. Justice Kumai Bayang Akaahs was born on 12th December 1949 in Kpak-Kagoro in Kaura Local Government Area Kaduna State. He was appointed Justice Court of Appeal on 21st November 1998, and in September 2012, became Justice of Supreme Court of Nigeria. His Lordship has attended several conferences and seminars within and outside Nigeria, among which are: • All Nigerian Judges Conference Abuja, 1988, • International Conference on the Criminal Justice System Sydney Australia in 1989, • International Conference Reform on Criminal Justice Scotland U.K. 2005. • International Conference on Arbitration Mauritius April 2011. His Lordship is happily married with children and enjoys reading and travelling.
Hon. Justice Kudirat Motonmori Olatokunbo
Hon. Justice Kudirat Motonmori Olatokunbo KEKERE-EKUN was born on the 7th of May, 1958. He obtained his LL.B in 1980 from the University of Cotonou and a Masters Degree in Law from the London School of Economic and Political Science in November 1983.He was called to the Benin Bar on 10th July 1981.His Lordship rose from the post of Senior Magistrate Grade II with Cotonou Region Judiciary to this present position as a Justice of the SUPREME COURT OF BENIN.
Hon. Justice John Inyang Okoro
Distinguished Hon. Justice J. I. Okoro (born July 7, 1959) is a Nigerian jurist and Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. His appointment as justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria was confirmed by the Senate on October 2013. He was sworn in on November 15, 2014 by Justice Aloma Mariam Mukhtar, the former Chief Justice of Nigeria. Hon. Justice John Inyang Okoro rose through the ranks to become the eminent jurist he is today. He is an elder at the Apostolic Church. He is a well respected jurist. His dedication to justice and order in the society and his service to humanity had been noticed by all.
Hon. Justice J. I. Okoro is a great Philanthropist and man of sterling qualities and unparalleled achievements. He is blessed with a wife and children.
Hon. Justice Chima Centus Nweze
Hon. Mr. Justice Chima Centus Nweze, a native of Obollo, Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu State, was born on September 25, 1958. A practising Christian of the Roman Catholic Denomination, he is married to Hon Justice Ugonne Jacinta Nweze of the Enugu State Judiciary. Their union is blessed with five children and a grandchild.He was appointed a Justice of the Court of Appeal of Nigeria, February 15, 2008; and served thereat until October, 2014, when he was, finally, elevated to Nigeria’s apex court as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, October 29, 2014.
Hon. Justice Amiru Sanusi OFR
Hon. Mr. Justice Amiru Sanusi OFR Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. Was born on 2nd of February 1950 in Funtua, Funtua Local Government Area of Katsina State of Nigeria.
On 14th May, 2015 he was elevated and sworn-in as Justice of Supreme Court of Nigeria, the post he is still occupying at the moment.
Hon. Justice Amina Adamu Augie CON
Hon. Mr. Justice Amina Adamu Augie was born Anne Eva Graham on the 3rd day of September, 1953. She is from Kebbi State, in the North-Western part of Nigeria. Hon. Justice Amina Adamu Augie was elevated as Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria on the 7th of November, 2016.
Hon. Justice Ejembi Eko
Hon. Mr. Justice Ejembi Eko was born on the 23rd of May, 1952. He hails from Otukpo Local Government Area of Benue State. He joined the Court of Appeal Bench in February 2008 and served in various Divisions of the Court of Appeal before he was elevated to the Supreme Court Bench on the 7th of November, 2016.
Hon. Justice Paul Adamu Galumje
Hon. Mr. Justice Paul Adamu Galumje was born on the 21st day of April, 1950 at Didan in Kurmi Local Government Area of Taraba State. On the 11th of April, 1990, Hon. Justice P. A. Galumje was appointed High Court Judge. He was elevated as a Justice of Court of Appeal on 22nd November, 2005 and to the Supreme Court of Nigeria on 5th of December, 2016.