President Bola Tinubu has signed into law the bill on uniform retirement age for judicial officers.
Tinubu signed the bill into law on Thursday.
In a statement by Abiodun Oladunjoye, state house director of information, the president pledged that his administration would strengthen the judiciary and empower judicial officers.
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 Tibunu since taking the oath of office on May 29.
The law extends the retirement age of high court judges — and others — from 65 to 70 years.
The retirement age of justices of the appeal and supreme courts is already pegged at 70.
The legislation also ensured uniformity in the pension rights of judicial officers of “superior courts of record” specified in section 6(5) of the 1999 constitution (as amended).
What this means is that Judges of the Federal High Court will now retire at 70, like the Justices of the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.