A Supreme Court Justice, Abdu Aboki, has retired from the apex court after reaching the statutory retirement age of 70.
Naija News reports that the court’s Director of Press and Information, Festus Akande, made the disclosure in a statement issued on Sunday.
Akande said a valedictory session for the retired justice is scheduled to hold on Thursday, September 15 at 10am at the Supreme Court complex in Abuja.
He said that the valedictory court session could not hold in August due to the annual vacation of the court.
The statement reads, “Hon. Justice Abdu Aboki was sworn in as Justice of the Supreme Court alongside seven other distinguished jurists on the 6th day of November 2020; thus spending a rather short period of one year and eight months on the apex court’s bench.
“His lordship was born on 5th August 1952 in the commercial city of Kano. He had his primary and secondary education in Kano State before proceeding to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he studied Law. Upon his graduation in 1976, he proceeded to the Nigerian Law School in Victoria Island, Lagos; and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1977.
“Justice Aboki was appointed a High Court Judge in Kano State Judiciary in 1987. He was elevated to the Court of Appeal in 2006; from where he came to the supreme court in 2020. His lordship had served in different capacities in many committees at different levels of courts in the course of his career. He had equally attended several conferences and workshops where he presented scholarly papers within and outside the country.”
This news platform reports that Aboki is the third Justice to retire in 2022 after the retirement of Mary Peter-Odili and Ejembi Eko.
Also, the former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Ibrahim Mohammad, resigned under controversial circumstances in June.
With Aboki’s exit, the number of Supreme Court Justices drops to 13 as against the maximum requirement of 21.