President Tinubu Writes Senate, Seeks Confirmation of 11 Nominees as Supreme Court Justices

President Bola Tinubu has on Wednesday urged the Senate to consider and confirm, 11 nominees for appointment as Justices of the Supreme Court.

Tinubu’s letter of request was read at plenary by Senate President, Godswill Akpabio.

The 11 nominees had been recommended by the National Judicial Council for Tinubu’s approval to fill the vacant positions at the Supreme Court, following the death and resignation of some justices.

The nominees included Justice Haruna Tsammani (North-East) who chaired the Presidential Election Petition Court, Justice Moore Adumein (South-South), Justice Jummai Sankey (North-Central), Justice Chidiebere Uwa (South-East), and Justice Chioma Nwosu-Iheme (South-East)

Others included 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).

Currently, the Supreme Court has only 10 justices, which is short of the statutory requirement of 21 judges.

If confirmed, it will mark the first time in history that the Supreme Court would have a full complement of 21 justices, as mandated by law.