Senate yesterday confirmed the appointment of Justices Ejembi Eko and Amina Augle as Justices of the Supreme Court.
The confirmation followed the consideration of the report of its Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, which urged the Senate to go ahead with the confirmation.
In confirming the appointments, the Senate employed the electronic voting system for the first time since its inauguration in June 2015.
Recall that the last time the electronic voting system was employed by the Senate was in 2014, during the seventh Senate under the presidency of Senator David Mark.
At Tuesday’s plenary, 38 senators supported the appointment of Justice Eko while 39 supported Justice Augie’s appointment.
Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu who presided over plenary commended the two justices and charged them to uphold and defend the tenets of their calling.
Meanwhile, the Senate commenced the screening of six Resident Electoral Commissioners, RECs, who are to appear before its Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission.
The Senate, while considering executive communications, agreed to begin the consideration of the nomination of the six commissioners for appointment.
The commissioners include Prof. Okechukwu Ibeanu (Anambra), May Agbamuche-Mbu (Delta), AVM Ahmed Mu’Azu (Gombe), Mohammed Haruna (Niger), Dr Adekunle Ogunmola (Oyo) and Abubakar Nahuche (Zamfara).
The Senate also considered the request by President Muhammadu Buhari for the confirmation of five commissioners for the National Population Commission, NPC.
The commissioners include Engr. Benedict Ukpong (Akwa Ibom), Gloria Izonfuo (Bayelsa), Barr. Kupchi Iyanya, Dr Haliru Bala (Kebbi) and Dr Eyitayo Oyetunji.
The commissioner-designates are to appear before the Senate Committee on National Population while the committee is to report back to the Senate in two weeks.


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