Honourable Justice Amiru Sanusi of the Supreme Court of Nigeria retires from service today, thereby reducing the number of Justices of the Supreme Court from 14 to 13.
Justice Amiru Sanusi was appointed to the apex court’s bench in May 2015 and is due to retire today, having attained the mandatory retirement age of 70.
Already, the number of justices of the apex court falls far below the constitutional requirement. Nigeria’s constitution provides for 21 justices, a status that the country has not bothered to accomplished for long.
With the removal of former Chief Justice, Onnoghen and the retirement of Justices Kumai Akaahs and Sidi Bage in 2019, the Supreme Court Justices lost three vital members, bringing down their number from 17 to 14.
Last year, the National Judicial Council (NJC) last year recommended the appointment of Justices Adamu Jauro, Emmanuel Agim, C. Oseji, and Helen Ogunwumiju from the Court of Appeal, acting on the request of President Muhammadu Buhari to “initiate in earnest the process of appointing additional five Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria to make the full complement of 21 Justices.” The president is yet to effect the appointments.