Justice Amiru Sanusi of the Supreme Court has bowed out today from the apex court after attaining the mandatory retirement age of 70.
Born on February 2, 1950 in Funtua, Katsina State, Justice Sanusi attended Gudindi Elementary School, Funtua from 1957 to 1960 but later completed his primary school at AYA Primary School, Funtua in 1963 and immediately proceeded to Government Secondary School, Funtua in 1964.
He had a Diploma in Law and LLB Degree at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1974 and 1977 respectively. He was at the Nigerian Law School in 1977 and was called to Bar in 1978.
Justice Sanusi started his working career as an Account Clerk with the Nigerian Railway Corporation in Zaria in 1969. He voluntarily resigned his appointment in 1970 and joined the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Kaduna State.
He took a study leave in 1972 to further his education to actualize his dream of becoming a lawyer. He was Pupil Counsel at the Ministry of Justice, Owerri, lmo State during his National Youth Service programme between July and December, 1978, and later Legal Aid Counsel attached to Legal Aid Council (still on NYSC) between January and June 1979 when he completed his service.
Justice Sanusi was appointed Magistrate Grade II in June 1979. He served as judge between 1990 and 1998 in Katsina State, before being commissioned to the Court of Appeal. He was sworn in by the former Chief Justice of Nigeria Justice Mahmud Mohammed in May 2015.
Present at the valedictory session held in honour of the retiring judge were National Lead of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Governors Muhammad Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa and Gboyega Oyetola of Osun, and many others.
With Justice Sanusi’s retirement, the number of Supreme Court Justices has reduced to 13, as against the full complement of 21.