Senate Confirms Chukwu as NLR Commissioner


By Deji Elumoye and Udora Orizu

The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Prof. Larry Obinna Collins Chukwu as Commissioner of the Nigerian Law Reform Commission.

The confirmation of the nominee at plenary on Wednesday was sequel to the consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, and Legal matters.

Presenting the report, the Chairman of the committee, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, recalled that the nominee’s appointment was made by President Muhammadu Buhari pursuant to Section 2(1) and (2) of the Nigerian Law Reform Commission Act, Cap. N118, Laws of the Federation of Nigerians, which empowers the President in subsection (1) to appoint four commissioners and designate one of them as the chairman.

The ranking senator said Chukwu met the requirements of the Senate Standing Orders 2015, as amended, and there is no petition against the nomination of the nominee.

Part of the report read: ”That the nominee possesses the requisite qualifications, leader qualifications and comportment to discharge the statutory duties and functions of Commissioner, Nigerian Law Reform Commission. That there are no adverse reports against the nominees, as record checks and other forms of investigations by security agencies did not reveal any negative trace against them.

”That the committee is satisfied about his qualifications, experience, suitability, competence and integrity to assume the position of a full time Commissioner of the Nigerian Law Reform Commission. That this appointment was made to fill the vacant position from the South-east geo-political zone in accordance with the Federal Character Principle; and with this appointment, the commission now has the required number of commissioners, in line with the provisions of the Commission’s Act.”