- A new acting chief judge for the FCT will be sworn-in on Wednesday, January 6
- The swearing-in will be performed by Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Tanko Muhammad
- This news was made public by the National Judicial Council (NJC)'s spokesman, Soji Oye
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Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), will on Wednesday, January 6, swear-in Justice Salisu Garba who is to be the acting chief judge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
This was revealed by Soji Oye, the director of Information, National Judicial Council (NJC) on Tuesday, January 5, The Nation reports.
Oye disclosed that Justice Garba’s swearing-in will be carried out at the Supreme Court, Abuja by the CJN.
Meanwhile, the viral report that Muhammad contracted COVID-19 on Tuesday, December 15, had been dismissed by the Supreme Court judge's media aide, Festus Akande.
In a statement that rebutted the claim, Akande on Tuesday said that the CJN was not seriously sick as claimed by many media houses.
The CJN's spokesman was reacting to the report by Justice Ibrahim Saulawa of the apex court that Muhammad had tested positive for the virus.
He argued that so far no one can provide any medical evidence that the CJN has been infected with the pandemic.
“In furtherance to the press statement earlier issued, I wish to state categorically clear that there is no medical report so far made available by anybody indicating that the Hon. CJN has tested positive for Coronavirus.
“Those peddling the rumour should go a step further to confirm from their sources and equally obtain the copy of whatever laboratory test result they are relying on.
“As of this moment of issuing this statement, no one has so far shown me or any other person in Supreme Court a copy of the test result they are referring to in the report.”
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