The Nigerian Senate confirmed eight Justices of the Supreme Court at Tuesday’s plenary after a satisfactory report by its Committee.
The Justices who were confirmed are:
Hon. Justice M. Lawal Garba – Northwest
Hon. Justice Helen M. Ogunwunmiju – Southwest
Hon. Justice Abdu Aboki – Northwest
Hon. Justice L. M. M. Saulawa
Hon. Justice Adamu Jarre – Northeast
Hon. Justice Samuel C. Oseji – South-South
Hon. Justice Tijjani Abubakar – Northeast
Hon. Justice Emmanuel A. Agim – South-South
Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele, Senator James Ebiowo Manager, contributed to the debate by expressing their satisfaction for a thorough report presented by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters.
“From all indications, the Committee has done an excellent work and as you all know, the appointment of Justices of the Court of Appeal is a process and particularly that the relevant sections of the law were cited.
“I commend President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing the 8 Justices at a single stretch.
“I also want to commend the Committee for doing a thorough job having known the complexities involved.”
In his contribution before lending support for confirmation, Senate Deputy President Ovie Omo-Agege explained that there was no petition from the public members to the Committee against any of the nominees, saying that the situation made them honorable for confirmation.
“I applaud the Justices nominees because there was no petition sent to the Committee opposing their nomination as a result of electoral matters while at the Court of Appeal seat.
Senator Gabriel Suswam, a member of the Committee, confirmed to the Senate that the nominees were thoroughly screened, stressing that they should be approved without hesitation.
“As a member of the Committee, I rise to support the report that they should be confirmed.
“Mr. President, we screened Justices Supreme Court justice and I want to say that these are men of honour and I ask that this Senate do approve their nomination without any hesitation. ”
After the Committee of the whole confirmed them, Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan urged the Federal Government to make funds available to the judiciary to discharge their duties.