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Tinubu signs bill increasing judges’ retirement age into law

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

Tinubu signed the bill, which will extend the retirement age of high court judges and others from 65 to 70 years, into law on Thursday, June 8.

This was made known in a statement issued by Abiodun Oladunjoye, state house director of information.

Oladunjoye said that the president pledged that his administration would strengthen the judiciary and empower judicial officers.

He added that the retirement age of justices of the appeal and supreme courts is already pegged at 70.

Oladunjoye further noted that the legislation will also ensure uniformity in the pension rights of judicial officers of “superior courts of record” specified in section 6(5) of the 1999 constitution (as amended).

The bill, titled: “Constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria, 1999 (fifth altercation) (No.37) bill, 2023”, was the first to be signed by President Tinubu since taking the oath of office on May 29.

It is pertinent to note that the national assembly, on May 2, directed Amos Ojo, its clerk, to transmit the bill to former president Muhammadu Buhari for assent.

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