The Senate on Tuesday 13th October, 2020 confirmed eight new Supreme Court justices, among them are 3 distinguished Abusites. This brings to 20 the number of justices at the court and to 8 the number of Alumni of ABU Zaria currently serving as justices of the Apex court.
The confirmation of the nominees was a sequel to the request of President Muhammadu Buhari in September to the Senate to approve the appointment of eight new Supreme Court justices.
Those confirmed by the upper legislative chamber and ready for swearing-in any moment from now, are: Justices Lawal Garba, Helen Ogunwumiju, Abdu Aboki, and Ibrahim Mohammed Saulawa, Adamu Jauro, Justice Samuel Oseji, Tijani Abubakar, and Justice Emmanuel Agim. The Abusites profiles the three distinguished Abusites
Justice Adamu Jauro
Justice Adamu Jauro before his elevation to the bench of the Supreme Court was the presiding Justice of the Makurdi Division of the Court of Appeal.
Born on June 26, 1959, the Gombe State indigene commenced his academic pursuit at the Central Primary School, Gombe between 1965 to 1971.
While he attended Government Secondary School, Bauchi from 1972-76, Jauro was also at the School of Basic Science, Zaria from 1976 to 77 before proceeding to the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he bagged an LLB in law in the year 1980.
After his call to Bar, Justice Jauro joined the Ministry of Justice in Bauchi State 1983, and later to moved to Ahmadu Bello University on secondment as Assistant Lecturer and later rejoined the Ministry of Justice, Bauchi State. He was in active service in the prosecution department and rose to the rank of Director Public Prosecution from 1991 to 1996 before he left for newly created Gombe State.
He served in various capacities at the Gombe State Judiciary and was appointed a Judge of the High Court of Gombe State until 2007, when he was elevated to the Court of Appeal bench. He served in various Divisions of the court including Lagos, Ibadan, Jos, Port Harcourt, Yola.
Apart from holding a Masters degree in Law from the University of Jos, and another Certificate from the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Jauro is also a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Management and other notable bodies.
Justice Mohammed Lawal Garba
Justice Garba had his Primary and Secondary School education at Demonstration Primary School in Maru and Science Secondary School in Gusau respectively. He obtained his Law degree from the great Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and was called to the Nigerian Bar after his one-year training at the Nigerian Law School.
He has worked in Sokoto State and Zamfara state as a Chief Judge before moving to the Federal High Court. Later, he was elevated to the position of a Judge at the Court of Appeal. He was the Chairman of the Presidential Elections Petitions Tribunal for 2019.
Justice Abdu Aboki
Justice Aboki was born on August 5, 1952. He hails from Kano State and had his secondary education in Government Secondary School, Hadejia between 1967-71 and post-secondary at Abdullahi Bayero College, Kano from 1972-73.
The jurist attended the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and the University of Washington, Seattle, USA, was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1977 and started his career as a Legal Officer with the Kano Civil Service after his NYSC in 1978.
Justice Aboki was appointed State Counsel, Ministry of Justice, Kano between 1978-82, while as Principal State Counsel between 1982 and 83.
Before his elevation to Chief Registrar, High Court of Justice, Kano State, Aboki served as Solicitor General/ Permanent Secretary, as well as Director, Public Prosecution, Ministry of Justice, Kano State.
In 1987 he was however appointed a Judge of the High Court of Kano State and Justice of the Court of Appeal in 2006, where he served in various divisions of the court before his recent elevation to the Supreme Court.