JUST IN: Tinubu Signs Bill Raising Judges’ Retirement Age Into Law

Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu has signed into law the bill on uniform retirement age for judicial officers.

Tinubu signed the bill into law on Thursday.

The constitutional bill which wasn’t signed into law by former President Muhammadu Buhari will extend the retirement age of high court judges from 65 to 70 years.

The bill was passed on May 3, 2023, after Ovie Omo-Agege, deputy senate president, sponsored a motion on the matter.

The motion was entitled ‘Passage of constitution (fifth) alteration bill No. 20 (Uniform Retirement Age for Judicial Officers), 2023″.

While moving the motion, Omo-Agege, chair of the senate ad hoc committee on the amendment of the constitution, said the Sokoto state assembly had only just forwarded its resolution on the bill.

“Recall that the Sokoto state house of assembly was among the state houses of assembly that were yet to forward their resolution,” he said.

“The Sokoto state house of assembly has forwarded its resolution; and convinced that with the approval of Sokoto state house of assembly, the constitution (Fifth Alteration) Bill No. 20 (Uniform Retirement Age for Judicial Officers), has met the provisions of section 9(2) of the constitution, for passage.”

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