UPDATE: Buhari to Swear-in Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as Acting CJN
POLITIC DIGEST – Following the resignation of Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammad, President Muhammadu Buhari will any time from now swear-in Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).
Justice Ariwoola who is the next most senior member of the Bench will be sworn-in by President Buhari at the State House, Abuja on Monday afternoon (today).
Justice Tanko Mohammad was said to have resigned on the grounds of illness but other sources told POLITICS DIGEST that he was forced out due to a revolt by 14 other Supreme Court Justices over his alleged dereliction of duty, high handedness and reckless financial dealings.
The judges also accused the CJN of going on foreign trips with his family while denying them the right to go on international trainings.
The Justices, according to sources, also threatened that they would stop sitting from September if he is not removed.
Justice Ariwoola who is now set to assume the position from Monday (today) has been reportedly nominated by the National Judicial Council (NJC) for the position.
Born on 22 August 1958, Justice Ariwoola was formerly a Justice of the Court of Appeal before he was elevated to the Supreme Court bench.
He was appointed to the Supreme Court on 22nd of November, 2011. He will retire from service on the 22nd August, 2028, at the attainment of the age of 70.