Senate confirms Tsammani, 10 others as Supreme Court Justices

Sharon EboesomiDecember 21, 20233 min

President Tinubu had ealier requested the Senate to screen and confirm 11 justices recommended for the Supreme Court bench.

Tsammani for supreme court
Justice Tsammani

The Senate has confirmed the appointment of 11 Justices recommended for the Supreme Court.

The confirmation followed the consideration of a report of the screening and approval of the nominees presented by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal matters, Senator Mohammed Tahir Monguno (APC, Borno North) during Thursday’s plenary.

In his contribution, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu (APC, Abia) stressed that the funds allocated for the Supreme Court in the 2024 budget be reviewed upwards in order to ensure its effectiveness.

He said “the Senate should look at the budget of the Judiciary because even the state courts are in a mess, so how can they give good justice. This is not the way it was before, we were doing better.”

On his part, Senator Seriake Dickson (PDP, Bayelsa West) urged that in the event of subsequent vacancies, a provision for their immediate replacement should be made. He said “anytime these vacancies occur they should be filled immediately. I want to draw that to the attention of the President. There shouldn’t be delay so that we don’t become a laughing stock.”

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The 11 Justices who were confirmed by the Senate include Justice Jummai Sankey (North-Central), Justice Moore Adumein (South-South), Justice Haruna Tsammani (North-East), Justice Chidiebere Uwa (South-East) and Justice Chioma Nwosu-Iheme (South-East).

Others are Justice Obande Ogbuinya (South-East), Justice Stephen Adah (North-Central), Justice Habeeb Abiru (South-West), Justice Jamilu Tukur (North-West), Justice Abubakar Umar (North-West) and Justice Mohammed Idris (North-Central).

Recall that President Bola Tinubu had, in a letter read on the floor of the Senateon Wednesday, 20 December, 2023, requested the upper chamber to screen and confirm 11 justices recommended for the Supreme Court.

The President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio who read this letter on the floor of the red chamber thereafter, referred the nominees to the Senate Committee on Judiciary for screening and further legislative input.

Also following the presentation of a report from the Senate Committee on National Identity Card and National Population chaired by Senator Abdul Ningi (PDP, Bauch Central), the Senate confirmed Oladunjoye Saidat Olayinka as Commissioner representing Lagos State in the National Population Commission (NPC).

Sharon Eboesomi

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