Court of Appeal of Nigeria

Court of Appeal (COA)

(Hears appeals from the judgments of)

 

  1. Federal High Court
  2. The High Court of State
  3. The High Court of Federal Capital
  4. The Sharia Court of Appeal
  5. The Customary Court of Appeal
  6. Abuja
  7. States
  8. The Court of Conduct Tribunals
  9. The Election Tribunal (Particularly, the National Assembly Election Tribunals)

COA has original jurisdiction as Court of First Instance (COFI) in the President Election Petitions.

 

16 Divisions of COA

  1. Lagos(Since 1976)
  2. Kaduna(Since 1976)
  3. Enugu(Since 1976)
  4. Ibadan(Since 1977)
  5. Benin(Since 1977)
  6. Jos(Since 1983)
  7. Port Harcourt(Since 1989)
  8. Abuja(Since 1995)
  9. Calabar(Since 1999)
  10. Ilorin(Since 1999)
  11. Owerri(Since 2009)
  12. Sokoto(Since 2009)
  13. Yola(Since 2009)
  14. Ekiti(Since 2009)
  15. Akure(Since 2009)
  16. Makurdi(Since 2009)

Each division contains three (3) Justices including the Presiding Justice (PJ)

  1. The Presiding Justice (PJ)
  2. The (PJ) is the incharge of the day to day management of the Division.
  3. He reports directly to the President of the Court of Appeal (COA).
  4. Deputy Chief Registrar (DCR)

He is the (a) Head of administration of the Division & services and the (b) Accounting Officer (AO) & reports to the Chief Registrar (CR)

III. Other Units

  1. Registry: Its function is filing papers relating to appeals or other maters requiring the orders of the court.
  2. Sections:

(b.1) Administration

(b.2) Finance

(b.3) Library

These three sections are headed by senior officers who report to the (DCR) & the (DCR), in turn, reports to the Presiding Judge (PJ) & keep him informed of the daily activities of the Division.

No of justices of COA including the President is 70 now. [Previously the number was 36 (Act. No. 43 of 1976); it was increased to 41 (Cap. 99 of the laws of the Federation); it was increased to 50 (Amendment Act 1973); it was increased to 70 (by Court of Appeal Act 2006)].

Head Quarter of the Court of Appeal is at Abuja; it includes the offices of

  1. The Chief Registrar (CR)
  2. The Accounting Officer of the Court (He reports to the President directly)
  3. Head of various departments (of):
  4. Finance of Accounts
  5. Administration & Supply
  6. Library
  7. Audit

They report directly to his Chief Registrar (CR)

The Court of Appeal (COA) is also called, “the Court of Unity” (COU) as it comprises Judges from different backgrounds and social environments working together in harmony for the promotion of administration of justice in Nigeria.

 

 

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The Hon. Justice Zainab Adamu Bulkachuwa OFR (Ag. President, Nov 24 2012-Date)The Hon. Justice Dalhatu Adamu (Ag. President, August 2011-24 Nov 2012)

The Hon. Justice Isa Ayo Salami OFR (President 2009)

The Hon. Justice Umaru Abdullahi CON (President 1999-2009)

The Hon. Justice M.M. A. Akanbi CFR (President 1992-1999)

The Hon. Justice M. Nasir GCON (President 1978-1992)

The Late Hon. Justice D. O. Ibekwe (President 1976-1978)

The Late Hon. Justice J.A. Phil Ebosie

The Late Hon. Justice O. Akinkugbe

The Late Hon. Justice S.O. Ogunkeye

The Late Hon. Justice J. Omo-Eboh

The Late Hon. Justice B.O. Kazeem

The Late Hon. Justice S.J. Ete

The Hon. Justice D.G. Douglas

The Late Hon. Justice A. I. Aseme

The Hon. Justice D.O. Coker

The Hon. Justice M.L. Uwais

The Hon. Justice K.O. Anyah

The Hon. Justice Uche Omo

The Hon. Justice G.O. Agbaje

The Hon. Justice A.A. Ademola

The Late Hon. Justice R.O. Okagbue

The Hon. Justice P. Nnaemeka-Agu

The Hon. Justice A.B. Wali

The Hon. Justice U. Mohammed

The Hon. Justice S.M.A. Belgore

The Late Hon. Justice U. Maidama

The Late Hon. Justice L.T. Dosunmu

The Late Hon. Justice O.O. Olatawura

The Hon. Justice A.G. Karibi Whyte

The Hon. Justice I.L. Kutigi

The Hon. Justice Abai Ikwechegh

The Late Hon. Justice B.B. Pepple

The Late Hon. Justice E.O.I. Akpata

The Hon. Justice J.H. Omololu Thomas

The Late Hon. Justice M.E. Ogundare

The Late Hon. Justice S.S. Aikawa

The Hon. Justice I.K. Sulu Gambari

The Hon. Justice B.O. Babalakin

The Hon. Justice S.O. Onu

The Hon. Justice Dahiru Musdapher

The Late Hon. Justice R. J. Jacks

The Late Hon. Justice I. Owolabi Kolawole

The Late Hon. Justice j.D. Ogundere

The Hon. Justice A.I. Katsina Alu

The Late Hon. Justice w.R.T. Macaulay

The Hon. Justice O. Ajose-Adeogun

The Hon. Justice E.T. Ndoma Egba

The Late Hon. Justice B.A. Omosun

The Hon. Justice O. Ogwuegbu

The Hon. Justice A.M. Mukhtar

The Late Hon. Justice F.O. Awogu

The Hon. Justice G.A. Oguntade

The Late Hon. Justice G. Okay Achike

The Hon. Justice U.A. Kalgo

The Hon. Justice S.O. Uwaifo

The Hon. Justice Y.O. Adio

The Late Hon. Justice J.T. Akpabio

The Late Hon. Justice A.O. Ejiwunmi

The Late Hon. Justice I.O. Agoro

The Late Hon. Justice O.A. Okezie

The Hon. Justice V.J.O. Chigbue

The Hon. Justice D.O. Edozie

The Hon. Justice Niki Tobi

The Late Hon. Justice M.A. Okunola

The Hon. Justice S.A. Oduwole

The Hon. Justice S.A. Akintan

The Hon. Justice J.O. Ogebe

The Hon. Justice E.C. Ubeazonu

The Hon. Justice R.D. Mohammad

The Hon. Justice E.O. Ayoola

The Hon. Justice Mahmud Mohammad

The Hon. Justice S.A. Nsofor

The Hon. Justice R.O. Rowland

The Late Hon. Justice A.O. Ige

The Hon. Justice M.O. Onalaja

The Hon. Justice A.C. Orah

The Late Hon. Justice I.C. Pats Achonolu

The Hon. Justice O. Opene

The Late Hon. Justice D.A. Azaki

The Hon. Justice M.S.M. Coomassie

The Hon. Justice I.T. Mohammad

The Hon. Justice B.A. Ba’aba

The Hon. Justice S.A. Ibiyeye

The Hon. Justice Z.A. Bulkachuwa

The Hon. Justice S. Galadima

The Late Hon. Justice S.O. Ekpe

The Hon. Justice S.A. Olagunju

The Hon. Justice V.A.O Omage

The Hon. Justice O.O. Obadina

The Hon. Justice M.E. Akpiroroh

The Hon. Justice J.A. Fabiyi

The Hon. Justice F.F. Tabai

The Hon. Justice P.O. Aderemi

The Hon. Justice K.B. Akaahs

The Hon. Justice O.O. Adekeye

The Late Hon. Justice A.J. Ikongbeh

The Hon. Justice A.G. Oduyemi

The Hon. Justice P.I. Amaizu

The Hon. Justice J.J. Umoren

The Hon. Justice W.S.N. Onnoghen

The Hon. Justice M.D. Mohammad

The Hon. Justice C.M. Chukwuma Eneh

The Late Hon. Justice I.A. Mangaji

The Hon. Justice A. Sanusi

The Hon. Justice I.C. Nzeako

The Hon. Justice (Mrs.)C.B. Ogunbiyi

The Hon. Justice I. Thomas

The Hon. Justice I.F. Ogbuagu

The Hon. Justice (Mrs.) A.A. Augie

The Hon. Justice D.A. Adeniji

The Hon. Justice J. Mikailu

The Hon. Justice A.A. Jega

The Hon. Justice N.S. Ngwuta

The Hon. Justice M.B. Dongban-Mensem

The Hon. Justice S.S. Alagoa

The Hon. Justice M.L. Garba

The Late Hon. Justice Jean Omokri

The Hon. Justice Tijjani Abdullahi

The Hon. Justice Uwani Musa Abba Aji

The Hon. Justice Mary Peter-Odili

The Hon. Justice M.O. Kekere-Ekun

The Late Hon. Justice G.I. Udom-Azogu

The Hon. Justice R.C. Agbo

The Hon. Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour

The Hon. Justice M.L. Tsamiya

The Hon. Justice Sotonye Denton-West

The Hon. Justice Paul A. Galinje

The Hon. Justice Jimi Olukayode Bada

The Hon. Justice O. Ariwoola

The Hon. Justice O. George Shoremi

The Hon. Justice H.M. Ogunwunmiju

The Hon. Justice Oyebisi F. Omoleye

The Hon. Justice Adriza G. Mshelia

The Hon. Justice Abdu Aboki

The Hon. Justice Ahmed O. Belgore

The Hon. Justice A.P.E. Awala

The Hon. Justice Jummai H. Sankey

The Hon. Justice I.M.M. Saulawa

The Hon. Justice A.A.B. Gumel

The Hon. Justice Hussein Mukhtar

The Hon. Justice Mojeed A. Owoade

The Hon. Justice Uzo I. Ndukwe Anyanwu

The Hon. Justice John Inyang Okoro

The Hon. Justice Chidiebere Uwa

The Hon. Justice Ignatius Igwe Agube

The Hon. Justice Abubakar Datti Yahaya

The Hon. Justice Ejembi Eko

The Hon. Justice Sidi Dauda Bage

The Hon. Justice M. Abdul-Rahman Oredola

The Hon. Justice Chima Centus Nweze

The Hon. Justice C.E. Nwosu-Iheme

The Hon. Justice T. Ngolika Orji-Abadua

The Hon. Justice A.O. Lokulo-Sodipe

The Hon. Justice Modupe Fasanmi

The Hon. Justice Regina Obiageli Nwodo

The Hon. Justice Adamu Jauro

The Hon. Justice Abubakar Alkali

The Hon. Justice Joseph Ikyegh

The Hon. Justice Tom Yakubu

The Hon. Justice Joseph Tine Tur

The Hon. Justice Rita Pemu

The Hon. Justice Philomena Ekpe

The Hon. Justice Chinwe Iyizoba

The Hon. Justice Haruna Tsammani

The Hon. Justice Samuel Oseji

The Hon. Justice Mohammed Danjuma

The Hon. Justice Ita George Mbaba

The Hon. Justice Isaiah Olufemi Akeju

The Hon. Justice Tunde Awotoye

The Hon. Justice Moore Adumein

The Hon. Justice Obande F. Ogbuinya

The Hon. Justice Uchechukwu Onyemenam

The Hon. Justice Ibrahim S. Bdliya

The Hon. Justice Abiriyi J. Shehu

The Hon. Justice Obietonbara O. Daniel-Kalio

The Hon. Justice Onyekachi A. Otisi

The Hon. Justice Stephen Jonah Adah

The Hon. Justice Tinuade Akomolafe-Wilson

The Hon. Justice Fatima O. Akinbami

The Hon. Justice Habeeb Adewale Abiru

The Hon. Justice Peter Olabisi Ige

The Hon. Justice Tijjani Abubakar

The Hon. Justice Emmanuel Agim

The Hon. Justice Ifeoma Jombo-Ofo

 

 

Chief Registrars

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Aliyu Ibrahim Esq.Sunday Ajiboye Esq.

Bode Thomas Esq.

Jamilu Yammama Tukur Esq.

Abubakar Sadiq Umar Esq.

Isaac Iheozor Ejiofor Esq.

Uzo Ndukwe-Anyanwu Esq.

S.F. Ogunbodede Esq.

Ibrahim Moh’d Musa Saulawa Esq.

Abubakar A. Jega Esq.

Yusuf Ibrahim Esq.

S.O. Ojutalayo Esq.

  1. A. Odunowo Esq.

F .O. Awoga Esq. (Decd.)

July, 2009- DateDecember, 2008- July, 2009

April, 2007- December, 2007

December, 2003- April, 2007

September, 2002- December, 2003

October, 1998- September, 2002

December, 1996- December, 1998

December, 1994- December, 1996

December 1992- December, 1994

March, 1991- December, 1992

November, 1986- August, 1990

September, 1981- November, 1986

December, 1977- September, 1981

October 1976- December, 1977

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