President Buhari Appoints Justice Kanyip as Acting President of National Industrial Court


President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Hon. Justice Benedict Kanyip as the acting President of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria with effect from 1st October 2019.

This followed the retirement of Hon. Justice Babatunde Adejumo, OFR on September 30, 2019, upon attainment of  the constitutional statutory age of 65 years.

Hon. Justice Kanyip will be sworn-in on October 2, 2019, by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad at the main court of the Supreme Court of Nigeria by 11.00 am.

A Brief Profile of Honourable Justice Benedict Bakwaph Kanyip, FNIALS

Hon. Justice Kanyip was appointed a Judge of the National Industrial Court in 2000 for an initial period of four years although with eligibility for a renewal for a further term of four years. In June 2004, having completed the first term, his appointment for another term of four years was renewed, and he is now a tenured Judge of the Court.

Professor Kanyip attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, for his LLB, and the Nigerian Law School, Lagos, Nigeria for his BL. After the mandatory one-year national service, he took up a teaching appointment as a Lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1987; and rose to the position of Lecturer II before leaving in 1992 for the National Commission for Colleges of Education as Legal Adviser in the rank of Principal Legal Officer. In 1995 he was appointed Senior Research Fellow at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and rose through this appointment to the rank of Associate Research Professor of Law in 2000 when he joined the Court.

Professor Kanyip is the author of numerous scholarly articles in the areas of consumer law, labour law, tax law and commercial law. He is the author of the book, Consumer Protection in Nigeria: Law, Theory and Policy (2005) and a joint author of the text: Elements of Commercial Law (1994). Professor Kanyip has had professional dealings and done consultancies for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the International Labour Organisation (ILO) as well as the Federal Government of Nigeria on labour related areas.

He is a member of the International Bar Association; Fellow, Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria; Life Member and Deputy President II, Nigerian Society of International Law. He is a contributing editor of several academic law journals. Professor Kanyip is widely travelled.

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