Meet the 5 Abusites Currently Serving as Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria

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The departure from the Supreme Court of Justice Aminu Sanusi, himself an Abusite (after attaining the mandatory retirement age of 70) in February 2020, reduced the number of Justices in the country’s highest court to 13, from the 21 prescribed by the 1999 Constitution.

Five out of the 13 remaining Justices of the supreme court of Nigeria are Alumni of the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. Here are the five Distinguished Abusites currently serving as Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Hon. Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad CFR

Hon. Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad CFR. Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria
Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad CFR
The Chief Justice of Nigeria

Leading the pack of Abusites Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria is Hon. Justice I. T. Muhammad, CFR. The Chief Justice of Nigeria. The learned silk was born on the 31st December 1953.

He hails from Doguwa, Giade Local Government of Bauchi State. He attended primary school at Giade Primary School from 1961 to 1968. He proceeded to Government Secondary School, Azare from the year 1969 to 1973.

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His Lordship then proceeded to Abdullahi Bayero University College, Kano for his IJMB from 1975 to 1976. After a successful completion of his course, His Lordship got admission to read Law at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria from 1976 to 1980. He attended Nigerian Law School from 1980 to 1981.

In furtherance of his educational career, His Lordship went back to the prestigious ABU, Zaria for his Masters Degree in Law (LLM) on Part Time basis, from 1982 to 1984. In order to update himself in the field of Law, His Lordship went back to ABU, Zaria in 1987 to 1998 and obtained his Doctorate Degree (PHD) in Law, also on Part Time basis.

Hon. Justice I. T. Muhammad, CFR was appointed as Magistrate Grade II in 1982 to 1984 with Bauchi State Judiciary. He rose to Senior Magistrate Grade II from 1984 to 1986. His Lordship was appointed as the Provost, College of Legal and Islamic Studies, Bauchi from 1986 to 1989.

He was appointed Chief Magistrate/Deputy Chief Registrar, High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja from 1990 to 1991. From 1991 to 1993, he was appointed as Kadi (Judge) of the Sharia Court of Appeal, Bauchi State. His Lordship was elevated to the position of Justice of the Court of Appeal from 1993 to 2006.

His Lordship was appointed as Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in the year 2006 and was sworn in on the 8th of January 2007, the appointment he holds till date.

Hon. Justice Musa Dattijo Muhammad

Hon. Justice Musa Dattijo Muhammad, Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria
Justice Musa Dattijo Muhammad

Musa Datijo Muhammad OFR (born 27 October 1953) is a Nigerian jurist and Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Hon. Justice Musa Dattijo Muhammad was born on 27th October 1953 in chanchaga local government area of Niger State. He attended Authority Primary School, Minna and Sardauna memorial secondary school where he obtained the West Africa School Certificate in 1971.

He proceeded to Abdullahi Bayero college (now Bayero University) Kano from 1972-1973 for pre-degree certificate and got his LLB (Hons) at Ahmadu Bello University (Faculty of Law) Zaria 1973-1976, and his BL at the Nigerian Law School 1977. He later received a master’s degree in law from the University of Warwick from 1982-1983, and also institute of Advance Certificate in Practice procedure.

In July 2012, he was appointed to the bench of the Supreme Court of Nigeria as Justice.

HON. JUSTICE AMINA ADAMU AUGIE CON 

HON. JUSTICE AMINA ADAMU AUGIE CON,Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria
JUSTICE AMINA ADAMU AUGIE CON 

Hon. Justice Amina Adamu Augie was born Anne Eva Graham on the 3rd day of September, 1953. She is from Kebbi State, in the North-Western part of Nigeria. She attended Abadina School, University College Ibadan from 1958 – 1960. Hope Waddell Primary School, Calabar from 1960 – 1962.

Holy Rosary Primary School, Enugu from 1966 – 1967. Queen Amina College, Kaduna from 1968 – 1971. University of Ife, Ile-Ife from 1972 – 1977. Nigerian Law School, Lagos from 1977 – 1978. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria from 1980 – 1981. University of Lagos from 1986 – 1987. She was called to the Nigerian Bar on 8th July, 1978.

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Hon. Justice A. A. Augie began her legal career as a Legal Aid Counsel at the Legal Aid Council, Sokoto while serving in the National Youth Service Corps from 1978 – 1979. She rose to become the Head of Department of Legal Aid Council, Sokoto State. From 1980 – 1982, she had a stint with the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria as an Assistant Lecturer.

From 1982 – 1984, she served as a Senior State Counsel in the Office of the Chief Counsel to the then President, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, after which, she was appointed Lecturer by the Nigerian Law School, Lagos.

In 1988, Hon. Justice Amina Adamu Augie was appointed Chief Magistrate in the Sokoto State Judiciary. While serving at the Bench, her love and passion for the academia propelled her to accept a part-time employment as Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Uthman Danfodio University, Sokoto from 1989 – 1992.

She also served as an Associate Lecturer at the same University from September 1999 – September 2002.

Hon. Justice Augie was elevated to the Court of Appeal Bench in 2002. While at the Appellate Court, she served in various Divisions and rose to become Presiding Justice, Benin Division from July 2009 – September 2010; Presiding Justice, Enugu Division from September 2010 – September 2011; Presiding Justice, Kaduna Division from September 2011 – September 2012; Presiding Justice, Lagos Division from September 2012 – November 2016.

Hon. Justice Amina Adamu Augie was elevated as Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria on the 7th of November, 2016.

Hon. Justice Paul Adamu Galumje

Justice Paul Adamu Galumje, Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria
Justice Paul Adamu Galumje

Hon. Mr. Justice Paul Adamu Galumje was born on the 21st day of April, 1950 at Didan in Kurmi Local Government Area of Taraba State. He attended the Sudan United Mission Primary School, Baissa from 1959 – 1963. Government Secondary School, Ganye from 1964 – 1968.

He proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria from 1974 – 1977 (LLB. Hons). Nigerian Law School from 1977 – 1978. He was called to the Nigerian Bar on 8th July 1978. Hon. Justice Galumje is a member of the International Dispute Resolution Institute (MIDRI, 2015).

Hon. Justice P. A. Galumje’s working experience started with a temporary teaching job from January – December 1971 at the North-Eastern Ministry of Education. He was appointed Immigration Assistant in the Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs from January – September 1972. He was appointed Assistant Registrar in the North-Eastern State Judiciary, Gongola State in 1974 and was promoted to the post of Higher Registrar in 1977.

On the 2nd of October, 1979, Hon. Justice Galumje was appointed Acting Magistrate Grade II, in the then Gongola State Judiciary. He became a Substantive Magistrate Grade II on 8th July, 1980, Senior Magistrate Grade I in 1984, Chief Magistrate Grade II in 1985 and rose to become Chief Magistrate Grade I in 1987; a post he held until 1989 when he was appointed Deputy Chief Registrar.

On the 11th of April, 1990, Hon. Justice P. A. Galumje was appointed High Court Judge. He was elevated as a Justice of Court of Appeal on 22nd November 2005 and to the Supreme Court of Nigeria on the 5th of December, 2016.

Hon. Justice Uwani Musa Abba Aji

Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria

Hon Justice Uwani Musa Abba Aji (JSC) was born on the 7th November, 1956 in Gashua, Yobe State. She attended Central Primary School Gashua and Government Girls Secondary School Maiduguri for her Primary and Secondary Education between 1961 and 1972.

She obtained a Diploma in Law from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria in 1976 and subsequently, an L.L.B Hons from the same institution in 1980. She was called to Bar in 1981 and commenced her career as State Counsel in 1982.

Prior to holding this position however, She had held positions of Clerical Assistant (Area Courts Division), Assistant Registrar, Acting Registrar and Higher Registrar between 1973 and 1982.

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After her appointment as State Counsel in 1982, she rose through various positions becoming an Acting Senior State Counsel in 1984, Senior Magistrate II in 1986, Senior Magistrate I in 1987, Chief Magistrate II in 1989, Chief Magistrate I in 1991 and Chief Registrar in November 1991.

She was appointed Higher Court Judge of Yobe State Judiciary in December 1991 making her the first Lady Judge at Yobe State Judiciary, a position she held until July 2004 when she was elevated to the Court of Appeal.

Before her elevation to the Supreme Court on January 8th 2019, His Lordship was the Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal Kaduna Division, a position she held for 4 years. She is happily married with three children and enjoys reading, writing and gardening. She has also travelled far and wide to almost all the continents in the world.


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