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PAST CHIEF JUSTICES OF THE SUPREME COURT








 


 





 


Since Nigeria became an independent sovereign nation in 1960, eleven (11) Chief Justices have straddled the nation's Supreme Court.

Of the eleven, ten are Nigerians. Only Chief Justice Darnley Arthur Alexander (1975-1979),
a West Indian judge from the commonwealth who chose to remain in Nigeria after independence was not a person indigenous to any of the peoples of Nigeria.

Instructively, just like the Legislative and Executive arms of government, Nigeria is yet to have its first female Chief Justice.



S/N

NAME OF CHIEF JUSTICE

TENURE

GENDER

1

Justice Adetokunbo Ademola, KBE, GCON

 1958 - 1972

Male

2

Justice Taslim Olawale Elias, CFR, GCON

 1972 - 1975

Male

3

Justice Darnley Arthur Alexander, CBE, GCON

 1975 - 1979

Male

4

Justice Fatai Atanda Williams, CON, GCON

 1979 - 1983

Male

5

Justice George Sodeinde Sowernimo, CON, GCON

 1983 - 1985

Male

6

Justice Ayo Gabriel Irikefe, OFR, CON, GCON

 1985 - 1987

Male

7

Justice Mohammed Bello, CON, GCON

 1987 - 1995

Male

8

Justice Muhammadu Lawal Uwais, CON, GCON

 1995 - 2006

Male

9

Justice S.M.A. Belgore, CON, GCON

 2006 - 2007

Male

10.

Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi, CON, GCON

2007 - 31st Dec. 2009

Male

11.

Justice Justice Aloysius Katsina – Alu, CON, GCON

01/01/2010 – 28/08/2011

Male

 12
Justice Dahiru Musdapher
28/08/2011 - 16/07/2012
 Male

 

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