Nigeria’s Chief Justice, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, will administer the oath of office to 23 newly appointed Federal High Court Judges on Wednesday, October 4, 2023. The solemn ceremony will take place at the main courtroom of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in Abuja, commencing at 11 a.m.
This significant event was officially announced by the Court’s Director of Press and Information, Dr. Festus Akande.
The distinguished group of new Judges includes legal professionals from various states across Nigeria:
- Dipeolu Deinde Isaac (Ogun State)
- Ogundare Kehinde Olayiwola (Ekiti State)
- Agbaje Olufunmilola Adetutu (Lagos State)
- Musa Kakaki (Kaduna State)
- Abdullahi Muhammad Dan-Ige (Sokoto State)
- Sharon Tanko Ishaya (Kebbi State)
- Salim Olasupo Ibrahim (Ogun State)
- Yilwa Hauwa Joseph (Gombe State)
- Wigwe-Oreh Chituru Joy (Rivers State)
- Owoeye Alexander Oluseyi (Kogi State)
- Anyalewa Onoja-Alapa (Benue State)
- Amina Aliyu Mohammad (Katsina State)
- Abiodun Jordan Adeyemi (Kwara State)
- Hauwa Buhari (Federal Capital Territory)
- Aishatu Auta Ibrahim (Borno State)
- Hussaini Dadan-Garba (Bauchi State)
- Ibrahim Ahmad Kala (Gombe State)
- Mashkur Salisu (Zamfara State)
- Onah Chigozie Sergius (Enugu State)
- Egbe Raphael Joshua (Bayelsa State)
- Ariwoola Olukayode Jnr. (Oyo State)
- Ekerete Udofot Akpan (Akwa Ibom State)
- Ogazi Friday Nkemakonam (Ebonyi State)
Additionally, a valedictory Court session will be held on Tuesday, October 10, 2023, in memory of the late Justice Chima Centus Nweze at the Main Courtroom of the Supreme Court at 10 a.m.
During this session, the Chief Justice of Nigeria will preside over the proceedings, which will include tributes presented by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, the Chairman of the Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria, and the President of the Nigerian Bar Association, as a mark of respect for the departed Jurist.
Justice Chima Centus Nweze passed away on July 29, 2023, in Abuja, following a brief illness at the age of 64. He was sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Court on October 29, 2014, and was born in Obollo, Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu State, on September 25, 1958.
He pursued his education at St. John Cross Seminary, Nsukka, from 1972 to 1977, where he achieved Distinction in the West African School Certificate Examination. He furthered his studies at the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, graduating with a Degree in Law in 1983. In the same year, he represented Nigerian Law Faculties at the Philip Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington, DC, as the Chief Oralist. Subsequently, he completed his NYSC service between 1984 and 1985 in Bauchi after being called to the Nigerian Bar in 1984. He also obtained his Doctorate Degree in Law from the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus.