Justice Tanko Muhammad Resigns As Chief Justice Of Nigeria; Justice Olukayode Ariwoola Takes Oath Of Office As Acting CJN

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, has resigned from office.


Channels TV reports that Justice Muhammad resigned on Sunday night, June 26, citing ill-health as the reason for his decision.


Until his resignation, reports had it that Justice Muhammad was seriously ill. Only last week, 14 justices of the Supreme Court had written him a letter to lament the decrepit state of affairs in the apex court.


Muhammad has served as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria since 2005 and was appointed Chief Justice of Nigeria in 2019.

Meanwhile, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, who is the next most senior justice of the Supreme Court, today Monday June 27, took the judicial oath of office as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).


62-year-old Ariwoola who took over Justice Tanko Muhammad following his resignation on Sunday night June 26th, is expected to serve in an acting capacity till further confirmation by the National Judicial Council (NJC).


Justice Olukayode Ariwoola takes oath of office as acting CJN


He was administered the oath of office by President Muhammadu Buhari at a swearing-in ceremony held at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.


Ariwoola swore to be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Federal Government of Nigeria, as well as defend the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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