A justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Adamu Augie, will bid farewell to his colleagues on the bench, thursday to begin a new life in retirement. This is as the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Olukayode Ariwoola, will administer the oath of office on newly appointed nine Justices of the Court of Appeal on Wednesday.
A statement signed by Festus Akande, Director of Press at the apex court, stated that Justice Augie’s retirement is consequent upon attaining the mandatory retirement age of 70 years.
According to the statement, Justice Augie attained the age on September 3, 2023.
The statement also said that a valedictory court session in her honour was delayed because of the annual vacation of the Court, which ended on September 15.
It will be recalled that Justice Augie was sworn in as Justice of the Supreme Court on November 7, 2016.
She graduated with a Second Class Upper Division in Law from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) in 1977 and called to the Nigerian Bar in 1978. With her retirement, the Court is now left with 11 justices.
Meanwhile, nine newly elevated judges will take the oath of office on Thursday.
The oath signals their commencement of life as Justices of the Court of Appeal.
Those to be sworn in include Justice Hannatu Azumi Laja-Balogun from Kaduna State, who was appointed a High Court Judge on May 24, 1999; Binta Fatima Zubairu from Kaduna State, appointed a High Court Judge on October 31, 2001; and Peter Chudi Obiora from Anambra State, who was sworn-in as High Court Judge on January 17, 2005, respectively.
Others are Justices Okon Efreti Abang from Akwa Ibom State, who was appointed a High Court Judge on June 22, 2009; Asma’u Musa Mainoma from Federal Capital Territory appointed High Court Judge on February 1, 2013; Lateef Adebayo Ganiyu from Oyo State, who became High Court Judge on June 26, 2014; and Jane Esienanwan Iyang from Cross River State, who was sworn-in as High Court Judge on February 12, 2015.
The rest are Justices Hadiza Rabiu Shagari from Sokoto State, who got elevation to the High Court Bench on February 12, 2015, and Paul Ahmed Bassi from Borno State, appointed to the High Court on July 14, 2017, respectively.