On Friday, October 27, 2023, Justice Musa Dattijo of the Supreme Court will formally leave the bench.
Dattijo announced his retirement on Sunday in a statement made available to media in Abuja, the nation’s capital, by the apex court’s spokesperson, Festus Akande.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Olukayode Ariwoola, will preside over a farewell court session in Akande’s honour on Friday in the Main Courtroom of the Supreme Court.
The statement read, “The valedictory court session to mark the retirement of justice Musa Dattijo Muhammad from the Supreme Court Bench comes up on Friday, 27th October 2023, at the Main Courtroom of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
“The Special Court Session is to be presided over by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Olukayode Ariwoola, who will customarily, pay tribute to Justice Musa Dattijo alongside other major stakeholders in the nation’s justice sector.
“Justice Musa Dattijo, who hails from Chanchaga Local Government Area of Niger State, was born on Tuesday, October 27, 1953, in Minna.
“He took the oath of office as Justice of the Supreme Court on Tuesday, 10th July 2012. His ascension to the Court of Appeal was more of a reward for hard work, inherent passion for his chosen profession, dedication to duty, and above all, a resolute application of the law in its true letters and words to all cases that came to him.
“He earned a well-deserved elevation to the Court of Appeal on 21st November 1998 from the Niger State Judiciary, and served meritoriously at different Divisions.”
Justice Amina Augie will retire on September 22, 2023, while Justice Chima Nweze will pass away on July 31, 2023, before Dattijo retires.
With this result, the supreme court now only has 10 judges, 11 fewer than Section 230(2) of the 1999 Constitution’s requirement of 21.
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