This online news platform understands that the Court of Appeal currently maintains about 9 divisions in different major cities of Nigeria spread across different parts of the Country including Lagos, Benin, Enugu, Kaduna, Ibadan, Port Harcourt, Ilorin, Abuja, and Calabar.
Under the Constitution of Nigeria, the Court of Appeal is established as an intermediate or appellate tribunal between the Supreme Court of Nigeria and other tribunals.
The head of the Court of Appeal is called the President and it is a position deemed to be equal to the status of a Justice of the Nigeria Supreme Court.
Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa is the current President of the Court of Appeal in Nigeria.
Naija News understands that the number of Judges on the Court of Appeal may vary at any given time, depending on the minimum set by the enabling law. However, the Court is obligated to ensure that in any event, at least three out of its members at any given time are learned in Islamic personal law; as well as an additional three Judges are learned in Customary law.
The minimum requirements for an individual to be eligible for appointment as a Justice of the Court of Appeal include qualification to practice as a legal practitioner in Nigeria for at least 12 years.
An Appeal Court judge in Nigeria is appointed to the position through a multiple-step process that involves the Executive arm of government through the President of Nigeria, the National Assembly, and the National Judicial Commission, (the regulatory body of Nigeria’s judicial system headed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria).
This online news platform understands that the National Judicial Commission makes recommendations of suitably qualified persons to the President who then forwards one of the recommended names to the Senate of the Federal Republic for approval.
Below is a list of judges currently in the Court of Appeal…
|S/N||Name||State||Date of Birth||Bar Enrolment||Appointment
|Former Post||Court of Appeal Division|
|1||Hon. Justice Z.A. Bulkachuwa
|Gombe||6/3/50||15/7/76||9/12/98||6/3/2020||Judge, High Court of Bauchi State; Chief Judge, Gombe State High Court|
|2||Justice D. Adamu||Niger||12/7/51||1/7/79||6/9/93||12/7/2021||Judge, High Court of Justice, Niger State|
|3||Hon. Justice K.B. Akaahs||Kaduna||12/12/49||28/6/75||10/12/98||12/12/2019||Judge, High Court of Kaduna State|
|4||Hon. Justice M.D. Muhammad||Niger||27/10/53||2/7/77||0/12/98||27/10/2023||Judge, High Court of Niger State|
|5||Hon. Justice A. Sanusi||Kastina||2/2/50||July, 1978||10/12/98||2/2/2020||Judge, High Court of Kastina State|
|6||Hon. Justice A.A. Augie||Kebbi||3/9/53||1978||17/10/02||3/9/2023||Judge, High Court of Sokoto State|
|7||Hon. Justice A.J. Abdulkadir||Kebbi||23/7/56||7/6/81||17/10/02||23/7/2026||Judge, Federal High Court|
|8||Hon. Justice M.B. Dongban-Mensem||Plateau||3/6/57||22/6/80||25/6/03||13/6/2027||Judge, High Court of FCT, Abuja|
|9||Hon. Justice M.L Garba||Zamfara||16/11/58||2/7/80||22/9/04||16/11/2028||Chief Judge, High Court of Zamfara State|
|10||Hon. Justice Tijjani Abdullahi||Jigawa||31/12/51||2/7/77||22/9/04||31/12/2022||Judge, High court of Jigawa State|
|11||Hon. Justice M. Abba Aji||Yobe||7/11/56||26/6/81||22/9/04||7/11/2026||Judge, High Court of Justice, Yobe State|
|12||Hon. Justice K.M.O. Kekere-Ekun||Lagos||7/5/58||10/7/81||22/9/04||7/5/2028||Judge, High Court of Lagos State|
|13||Hon. Justice M.L. Tsamiya||Sokoto||31/12/49||1979||25/4/05||31/12/2019||Judge, High Court of Sokoto State|
|14||Hon. Justice R. Chikwe Agbo||Enugu||21/10/53||8/7/78||25/4/05||21/10/2023||Judge, High Court of Enugu State|
|15||Hon. Justice P.A. Galinje||Taraba||21/4/50||22/11/05||20/4/2020||Judge, High Court of Taraba State|
|16||Hon. Justice Jimi Olukayode Bada||Osun||10/5/55||22/11/82||22/11/05||10/5/2025||Judge, High Court of Oyo State|
|17||Hon. Justice O. Ariwoola||Oyo||22/8/54||1981||22/11/05||22/8/2024||Judge, High Court of Oyo State|
|18||Hon. Justice H.M. Ogunwumiju||Ondo||23/3/57||7/7/78||22/11/05||23/3/2027||Judge, High Court of Onodo State|
|19||Hon. Justice O.F. Omoleye||Ekiti||6/10/56||July, 78||8/6/06||6/10/2026||Chief Judge, High court of Ekiti State|
|20||Hon. Justice A. Gana Mshelia||Borno||18/12/51||2/7/76||8/6/06||18/12/2021||Judge, High Court of Borno State|
|21||Hon. Justice Abdu Aboki||Kano||5/8/52||21/7/77||8/6/06||5/8/2022||Judge, High Court of Kano State|
|22||Hon. Justice Ahmed O. Belgore||Kwara||18/4/53||17/7/79||8/6/06||18/4/2023||Judge, High Court of Kwara State|
|23||Hon. Justice J.H. Sankey||Plateau||16/1/59||July, 80||8/6/06||16/1/2029||Judge, High Court of Justice Plateau State|
|24||Hon. Justice I.M.M. Saulawa||Kastina||29/9/56||2/7/82||8/6/06||29/9/2026||Judge, High Court of Kastina State|
|25||Hon. Justice Ali A.B. Gumel||Jigawa||5/4/57||July, 82||8/6/06||5/4/2027||Judge, Federal High Court Abuja|
|26||Hon. Justice Hussein Mukhatr||Bauchi||2/10/54||10/7/81||8/6/06||2/10/2024||Judge, High Court of FCT, Abuja|
|27||Hon. Justice Mojeed A. Owoade||Oyo||19/10/52||June, 75||8/6/06||19/10/2022||Judge, High Court of Justice Oyo State|
|28||Hon. Justice U.I. Ndukwe-Anyanwu||Anambra||28/12/53||17/7/79||8/6/06||28/12/2023||Judge, High Court of Abuja|
|29||Hon. Justice John I. Okoro||A/Ibom||11/7/59||21/8/85||8/6/06||11/7/2029||Judge, High Court of Akwa Ibom State|
|30||Hon. Justice C.N. Uwa||Abia||26/10/58||1983||18/7/06||26/10/2028||Judge, High Court of Abia State|
|31||Hon. Justice I.I. Agube||C/River||1/1/53||1983||18/7/06||1/1/2023||Judge, High Court of Cross Rivers State|
|32||Hon. Justice A.D. Yahaya||Kaduna||27/1/52||2/7/76||15/2/08||27/1/2022||Judge, High Court of Kaduna State|
|34||Hon. Justice S.D. Bage||Nasarawa||22/6/56||Nov. 81||15/2/08||22/6/2026||Judge, High Court of Nasarawa State|
|35||Hon. Justice M.A.R. Oredola||Kwara||6/2/49||8/7/78||15/2/08||6/2/2019||Kadi, Sharia Court of Appeal, Ilorin Kwara State|
|36||Hon. Justice C.C. Nweze||Enugu||25/9/58||1984||15/2/08||25/9/2028||Judge, High Court of Enugu State|
|37||Hon. Justice C.E. Nwosu-Iheme||Imo||2/2/59||5/11/82||15/2/08||2/2/2029||Judge, High Court of Imo State|
|38||Hon. Justice T.N. Orji-Abadua||Imo||15/10/59||16/11/84||15/2/08||15/10/2029||Judge, High Court of Imo State|
|39||Hon. Justice A.O. Lokulo-Sodipe||Ogun||18/2/56||17/7/79||15/2/08||18/2/2026||Acting Chief Judge, High Court of Ogun State|
|40||Hon. Justice M. Fasanmi||Ondo||4/4/51||28/6/75||15/2/08||4/4/2021||Judge, High Court of Justice Ondo State Acting Chief Judge, High Court of Ondo State|
|41||Hon. Juctice R.O. Nwodo||Anambra||1/11/58||/7/83||15/2/08||1/11/2028||Judge, High Court of Enugu StateJudge, Federal High Court|
|42||Hon. Justice Adamu Jauro||Gombe||26/6/59||10/7/81||15/2/08||26/6/2029||Judge, High Court of Gombe State|
|44||Hon. Justice Joseph S. Ikygh||Benue||17/3/58||16/7/2010||17/3/2028||Judge, High Court of Benue State|
|45||Hon. Justice Tom S. Yakubu||Kogi||12/6/53||18/7/80||16/7/2020||12/6/2023||Judge, High Court of Benue State|
|46||Hon. Justice Joseph Tin Tur||Benue||19/12/55||1980||16/7/2010||19/12/2025||Judge, High Court of Benue State|
|47||Hon. Justice Rita Nosakhare Pemu||Edo||06/03/53||1977||16/7/2010||6/3/2023||Judge, High Court of Delta State|
|48||Hon. Justice Chinwe E.E. Iyizoba||Anambra||19/01/50||1977||16/7/2010||19/1/2020||Judge, High Court of Anambra State|
|49||Hon. Justice Philomena Nbua Ekpe||Cross River||02/08/50||1975||16/7/2010||2/8/2020||Judge, High Court of Cross Rivers State|
|50||Hon. Justice Samuel chukwudumebi Oseji||Delta||02/06/54||1985||16/7/2010||2/6/2024||Judge, High Court of Delta State|
|51||Hon. Justice Mohammed Ambi-Usi Danjuma||Taraba||30/03/60||August 1984||16/7/2010||30/3/2030||Judge, High Court of Taraba State|
|52||Hon. Justice Haruna Moh’d Tsammani||Bauchi||23/11/59||1982||16/7/2010||23/11/2029||Judge, High Court of Bauchi State|
|53||Hon. Justice Ita George Mbabai||Akwa Ibom||20/02/55||1985||16/7/2010||20/2/2025||Judge, High Court of Akwa Ibom State|
|54||Hon. Justice Isaiah Olufemi Akeju||Ekiti||21/10/55||1983||16/7/2010||21/10/2025||Judge, High Court of Ekiti State|
|55||Hon. Justice Tunde Oyebanji Awotoye||Osun||08/05/57||1981||16/7/2010||8/5/2027||Judge, High Court of Osun State|
|56||Hon. Justice Moore Aseimo A. Adumein||Bayelsa||06/05/64||1984||16/7/2020||6/5/2034||Judge, High Court of Bayelsa State|