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Supreme Court of Nigeria

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The Supreme Court of Nigeria also referred to as the APEX court is the highest court in Nigeria and the 3rd Arm of the National Government of Nigeria.

It is made up of the Chief Justice and up to 20 Justices.

Membership is tenured position, with each Justice serving 4 year tenures, although reappointments can allow for a longer tenure.

Prior to 1963 it was called the Federal Supreme Court and was supreintended by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. This was however abolished in 1963. The court as currently consituted operates under the guidelines of the Supreme Court Act of 1990 and Chapter VII of the 1999 Constitution.

Its decisions are supreme and binding on all courts in Nigeria, although it can revise its own dictates. It's primary function is the intepretation of law, since the National Assembly is the only body charged with the creation of laws.


Location: Three Arms Zone, FCT, Abuja

Process: Recommendation by the National Judicial Council, Appointment by the President, Confirmation by the Senate.

Arm of Government: Judiciary

Duty: Has original jurisdiction in any dispute between the Federation and a state or between states and also has appellate jurisdiction to hear and determine appeals from the Court of Appeal.

Membership: 16 Current Justices

Current Chief Justice: Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen

Below is a list of all Current Justices on the supreme court;


No Name Tenure Position

Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, GCON *1

2005-Present Chief Justice *1
2 Hon. Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad CFR *2 2006-Present Associate Justice *2
3 Hon. Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour CFR 2010-Present Associate Justice
4 Hon. Justice Nwali Sylvester Ngwuta CFR 2011-Present Associate Justice
5 Hon. Justice Mary Ukaego Peter-Odili CFR 2011-Present  Associate Justice
6 Hon. Justice Olukayode Ariwoola 2011-Present Associate Justice
7 Hon. Justice Musa Dattijo Muhammad 2012-Present Associate Justice
8 Hon. Justice Kumai Bayang Akaahs OFR 2012-Present Associate Justice
9 Hon. Justice Kudirat Motonmori Olatokunbo Kekere-Ekun 2013-Present       Associate Justice
10 Hon. Justice John Inyang Okoro 2013-Present Associate Justice
11 Hon. Justice Chima Centus Nweze 2014-Present Associate Justice
12 Hon. Justice Amiru Sanusi OFR 2015-Present Associate Justice
13 Hon. Justice Amina Adamu Augie CON 2016-Present Associate Justice
14 Hon. Justice Ejembi Eko 2016-Present Associate Justice
15 Hon. Justice Paul Adamu Galinje 2016-Present Associate Justice
16 Hon. Justice Sidi Dauda Bage 2016-Present Associate Justice


*1. Logbaby does not accept the illegal suspension of the Chief Justice, Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen by President Mohammadu Buhari, until it is recognized by the Justices of the Supreme Court.

*2. Logbaby does not accept the illegal appointment of the Acting Chief Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad by President Mohammadu Buhari, until it is recognized by the Justices of the Supreme Court.


Updated 7 Months ago

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