President Buhari appoints new Justices of the Supreme Court

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President Muhammadu Buhari has forwarded the names of two judges for consideration as Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria to the senate.

Senate President Bukola Saraki read President Buhari’s letter to honorable members of the Senate today.

President Buhari nominated Sidi Bage, Nasarawa State, North Central; and Paul Jauro, Taraba State, North East for the plum positions.

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In the letter read by Mr. Saraki, Mr. Buhari said his request followed Section 231(2) of the Constitution of Nigeria, as amended.

The President sought a speedy attention of the Senate, Mr. Saraki read.

Mr. Jauro was born on June 26, 1954. He became a judge of the High Court in 1998. Ten years afterwards, he was appointed Justice of the Court Appeal.

Mr. Bage was born on June 22, 1956. He too became a Federal High Court Judge in 1992 before his appointment as Justice of the Court of Appeal in 2000.

The two Judges had been recommended for appointment as Justices of the Supreme Court by the National Judicial Council.

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Their nominations came amid a clampdown on allegedly corrupt judges in the High, Appeal, and the Supreme Courts, by the State Security Service.

Of the 15 said to be under investigation, seven were arrested weekend. They were granted bail on Monday on self-recognizance.