Buhari appoints two new Supreme Court Justices amid raid on Judges

President Muhammadu Buhari has forwarded names of two judges, Sidi Bage from Nasarawa State, North Central; and Paul Jauro from Taraba State, North East to the Nigerian Senate for confirmation as Justices of the Supreme Court.

Their nominations came amid a clampdown on allegedly corrupt judges in the High, Appeal and the Supreme Courts, by the State Security Service.

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, read the letter conveying the request after the Senate returned from closed-door session on Tuesday.

In the letter read by Mr. Saraki, Mr. Buhari said his request followed Section 231(2) of the Constitution of Nigeria, as amended.

The President sought expeditious attention of the Senate, Mr. Saraki read.


Mr. Bage, born on June 22, 1956, became Federal High Court Judge in 1992 before his appointment as Justice of the Court of Appeal in 2000.

Mr. Jauro, who was born on June 26, 1954, became judge of the High Court in 1998. Ten years afterwards, he was appointed Justice of the Court Appeal.

The two Judges had been recommended for appointment as Justices of the Supreme Court by the National Judicial Council.

Last week, Department of State Security operatives launched a clampdown on judges suspected to have taken bribes in the discharge of their judicial duties.

Of the 15 said to be under investigation, seven were arrested weekend before they were granted bail on Monday, October 10, 2016, on self-recognisance.


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