7 Very Powerful Female Judges Out To Stop Buhari

By Amako Nneji October 29, 2016 18:41

7 Very Powerful Female Judges Out To Stop Buhari

They are described as the Women of the Bench in their circles, but everyday Nigerians, know them as Judges.

These female Judges are known for dispensing justice without fear, or favour.

Post-Nigeria, stumbled on these Judges with their impeccable pedigrees.

1. Justice Mary Ukaego Odili (née Nzenwa) CFR


Born on May 12, 1952, Mary Ukaego, is a Judge and wife of Peter Odili, who served as Governor of Rivers State, from 1999 to 2007. She was appointed an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, by former President, Goodluck Jonathan, and was administered the oath of office by Chief Justice Katsina-Alu, on June 23, 2011.

Prior to becoming a Supreme Court Justice, she held numerous important offices, including Judge, High Court of Rivers State (1992–2004), Justice, Court of Appeal, Abuja Division (2004–2010), and Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal, Kaduna Division (2010–2011). She commenced her career in the Judiciary, as a Magistrate grade III, in November 1978.

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2. Justice (DR.) Chioma Nwosu-Iheme
A Judge of the Federal Court of Appeal, Justice (Dr.) Chioma Nwosu-Iheme, is the first female Judge in Nigeria to study Law up to Ph.D level, in the field of ‘Law of Intellectual Property’.

She is married to Chief Uzoma Nwosu-Iheme, a former Commissioner for Public Utilities and Rural Development, and Commissioner for Education, in Imo State. They are in-laws to Sir and Hon. Justice Peter Odili, as one of their twin sons, Uzoma, is married to Njideka Odili.

3. Justice Oluwafunmilayo Olajumoke Atilade


Oluwafunmilayo, is a Jurist and incumbent Chief Judge of Lagos State. The former Judge at the High Court of Lagos State, is married to Arch. Bishop Magnus Atilade, a gregarious socialite and president of the Gospel Baptist Conference of Nigeria.

She was born in London, England, on September 24, 1952. Oluwafunmilayo, started her law career in 1977, at the Federal Ministry of Justice, as a State Counsel. She later joined the services of the Nigerian Ports Authority, as a Senior Legal Officer in 1979.

Having worked for three years, she was deployed to the Lagos State Judiciary, as Senior Magistrate, before she later became Chief Magistrate Admin, at Apapa Magistrate court.

In July 1996, she was appointed Judge of the High Court of Lagos, under the administration of the Military Administrator, Mohammed Buba Marwa. And, on August 20, 2015, Oluwafunmilayo made history, when she was appointed Chief Judge by Babatunde Fashola, the then Governor of Lagos State, to succeed her sister, Ayotunde Phillips. She is the 5th Lagos State female Chief Judge.

4. Justice Eberechi Suzzette Wike (née Obuzor)

Eberechi, First Lady of Rivers State, is married to Governor Nyesom Wike. She is a Judge of the Rivers State High Court of Justice, and was born in Odiokwu, Ahoada, on May 24, 1972.
She attended Rivers State University of Science and Technology, where she received her LL.B. (Hons.) in 1996. Following her graduation, Eberechi enrolled in the Nigerian Law School, where she earned her degree (B.L.) in 1997. She also holds a Masters degree in law (LL.M.), from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom, UK.

Eberechi, joined Efe Chambers, as Legal Counsel in charge of litigation. She was later selected to serve as Magistrate Grade I. While in the service, she rose to Chief Magistrate Grade II, and from there she became a High Court Judge, in February 2012.

5. Justice Fati Lami Abubakar (Rtd)


Fati, CON, was a former Chief Judge of Niger State, and founder, Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative, WRAPA. She is married to former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar, and retired recently from the service of Niger State government, at the age of 65.

A legal luminary and trail blazer, she was the first female Solicitor General, and Permanent Secretary in Niger State, and the first female Attorney-General, and Commissioner for Justice.

The University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University)-trained graduate, was the first female Chief Judge of Niger State. She also has the honour of being the first female High Court Judge.

She has worked as Chief Inspector of Area Courts, with the defunct North Western State government, and as private Attorney. and State Counsel with the Federal Ministry of Justice, Lagos. She worked also, at the Kaduna Sate Ministry of Justice, Kano State Ministry of Justice, and Niger State Ministry of Justice. Fati became Chief Judge in June 2013.

6.  Justice Maryann Anenih

Maryann, is the youngest of the three wives of Chief Anthony Anenih, former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Board of Trustees (BOT), who is better known in political circles, as Mr. Fix-It. She is a Judge at the Federal High Court in Abuja, and daughter of a local government Chairman in Edo State.

7. Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun


Kudirat, is a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. The University of Lagos and London School of Economics and Political Science-trained graduate, is married to Akin Kekere-Ekun, a distinguished retired Banker, and a one time Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of now defunct Habib Nigeria Bank Limited.

Kekere-Ekun, also worked for former National Council on Privatisation, NCP, Nigeria’s privatisation regulatory authority. Kudirat is said to be the youngest female Jurist at the Supreme Court. She was born on May 7, 1958.

She rose from the post of Senior Magistrate Grade II, with Lagos State Judiciary, to her present position as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. As a High Court Judge, Kudirat served as Chairman, Robbery and Firearms Tribunal, Zone II, Ikeja from 1996 to 1999, where she was said to have delivered so many landmark judgements.

She was appointed to the bench of the Nigerian Court of Appeal, in 2004, where she served as a member of the Court of Appeal ICT Committee, between 2011 and 2013. Some people have dubbed her another ‘Margret Thatcher’, but her colleagues see her as a firm believer of substantial justice, and someone who would not substitute the substance of the law for technicalities.




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