ECONOMIC and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC
has advocated for 70 years
for all judicial officers in
the country.
They made their separate
submissions yesterday
during the public hearing
organised by the House
Ad-Hoc Committee on
Constitution Review on
three bills.
Speaking on one of the
bills on “a bill for an Act
to Alter Section 291 of the
Constitution of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria 1999
(as amended) to Provide
for Uniform Mandatory
Retirement Age of 70 Years
for all Judicial Officers (HB
858), the EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu argued that
there was need for judges to
stay up to 70 years because of
their wealth of experience.
Magu, who was represented
by an assistant director in
the commission, Johnson
Ojogbane, said the longer
these judges stay in practice,
the better and stronger they
become.
The Executive Director,
Kingdom Human Rights
Foundation International,
Okere Kingdom, advocated
70 years only for judges in
Court of Appeal.
Kingdom maintained that
it had become necessary for
Supreme Court justices to stay
for up to 75 years because of
their experience.
He, however, advocated
60 years for judges of High court, Magistrate court,
Sharia Court of Appeal and
Customary courts so they
can retire and pave way for
the young ones.
In his submission on
the bill for an Act to Alter
Sections 243 and 254 of the
Constitution, the President
of Nigeria Labour Congress,
NLC, Comrade Ayuba
Wabba, said time was of the
essence in amending such an
important bill.
He, therefore, urged the
committee to put time line in
matters of appeal.
In his remarks, Speaker
of the House, Hon. Yakubu
Dogara was of the view
that agitations and calls for
restructuring in Nigeria could
only be actualized through
alteration and amendment of
the 1999 Constitution.
Dogara revealed that
the parliament would not
constitute a stumbling block
to the wishes and aspirations
of Nigerians for genuine
changes in the constitution.
The speaker explained that
the process of amending
the constitution by the 8th
House of Representatives
was in phases and piece
meal, adding that it was
a continuous exercise as
envisaged under Section 9 of
the constitution.
“Agitations for
restructuring of the
governance framework
for Nigeria can only be
done through alterations
of the constitution. I wish
to say, that the House of
Representatives and indeed
the National Assembly is
ready to do its part in terms
of amending the constitution
when consensus have been
reached on any matter by
stakeholders and Nigerian
citizens,” he said.
Chairman of the Ad hoc
Committee on Constitution
Review and Deputy Speaker
of the House, Hon. Yusuff
Lasun explained that all over
the world, there was hardly
a perfect constitution, hence
the provision for amendment
clause in the constitution.
Other stakeholders that
make presentations include:
National Judicial Council,
NJC; National Industrial
Court, NIC; Sharia Court
and Independent Corrupt
Practices and other related
offences Commission, ICPC.


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