On Wednesday, October 4, 2023, the newly appointed 23 Judges of the Federal High Court will be sworn in by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola.
The Supreme Court’s Director of Press and Information, Dr. Festus Akande, announced on Sunday that the judges’ inauguration would take place in the courthouse’s main courtroom at 11:00 am.
Dipeolu Deinde Isaac and Ogundare Kehinde Olayiwola will represent Ogun State, Agbaje Olufunmilola Adetutu will represent Lagos, Musa Kakaki will represent Kaduna, Abdullahi Muhammad Dan-Ige will represent Sokoto, and Sharon Tanko Ishaya will represent Kebbi.
Aishatu Auta Ibrahim of Borno State, Amina Aliyu Mohammad of Katsina State, Anyalewa Onoja-Alapa of Benue State, Owoeye Alexander Oluseyi of Kogi State, Wigwe-Oreh Chituru Joy of Rivers State, Salim Olasupo Ibrahim of Ogun State, and Yilwa Hauwa Joseph of Gombe State also made the list.
To round out the list, we have Egbe Raphael Joshua of Bayelsa State, Ariwoola Olukayode Jnr. of Oyo State, Ekerete Udofot Akpan of Akwa Ibom State, Ogazi Friday Nkemakonam of Ebonyi State, and Hussaini Dadan-Garba of Bauchi State.
On Tuesday, October 10, 2023, at 10:00 a.m., in the Supreme Court’s Main Courtroom, a valedictory court session will be held in honor of the late Justice Chima Centus Nweze.
The session will be presided over by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, as is customary, and will include tributes to the late jurist from 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.
After a brief illness, Justice Nweze passed away on July 29th, 2023, at the age of 64, in Abuja.
He became a Supreme Court Justice on October 29, 2014, after being sworn in that day. His birth date is September 25, 1958, and his hometown is Obollo in the Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu State.
Between the years 1972 through 1977, he studied at St. John Cross Seminary in Nsukka, where he earned a Distinction on the West African School Certificate Exam.
He enrolled at the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, in 1979 and earned a Juris Doctor degree from that institution in 1983. In the same year, he was named Chief Oraclist for the Nigerian delegation to the Philip Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington, DC.
After being admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1984, Justice Nweze served in the Nigerian Youth Service (NYS) in Bauchi in 1985.
Also from the University of Nigeria (Enugu Campus), he earned a Ph.D. in law.